October 2014



In this month's e-newsletter, we reflect on common themes that exemplify women's Donate Now leadership: time, talent and treasure.  As you peruse each article, you will read about women serving philanthropically with their hearts and hands to build a stronger community for women and children. We begin by highlighting a loyal friend and volunteer, Leslie. She is a Memphis HOPE resident who has moved from a path of survival to building a strong and successful plan for the future. Read more about Leslie and her milestone successes in our Philanthropy section.  


Food, Fun and Fashion: Power of the Purse™ Auction

Once a part of the Annual Tribute Luncheon and Symposium,  The Power of the Purse Auction will be held Thursday, October 23rd from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club. The highly anticipated event will feature an array of items including: accessories from top fashion designers and boutiques, gift certificates, travel and destination packages, fine jewelry and a wine pull.  Your support of this event will help the Women's Foundation build vibrant communities by giving women and children the opportunities to achieve economic independence.


Your support of this event will help the Women's Foundation build vibrant communities by giving women and children the opportunities to reach economic independence.

Tickets are $75 (VIP) and $50 (General Admission) and available for purchase online. For more information about donating to the auction or sponsorship opportunities, please contact 901.578.9346.


W.K. Kellogg Foundation and WFGM Invest in Early Childhood Education

Leslie S. and Ursula U. (pictured above), helped support 19 Urban Strategies Memphis HOPE (USMH) case managers and 12 USMH parents serving  as ambassadors. They developed a resource informational packet related to the importance of early brain development, quality child care and education for children from pre-birth through 5 years of age. During the months of July, August, and September they volunteered over 24 hours a week at WFGM and USMH. They successfully connected with more than 200 families and provided information to 70 families about early childhood development and education programs, and 51 children ages 0 to 5 were enrolled in high quality child care services.  The Early Childhood Education Innovation Pilot Program is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 



WFGM Legends Award Honorees Continue to Make History

Legends Award Honoree Happy Jones and Debbie Binswanger,
Chair of Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women Advisory Board
Baptist Memorial Hospital for WomenBaptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation and WFGM collaborated to create the Hall of Legends, a lasting tribute to our trailblazing Legends Award Honorees. The Hall of Legends is a gallery of the Legends Award Honorees' art and prose that will be showcased throughout Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women. An opening reception and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, September 23. The Hall of Legends is free and open to the public. 


WFGM Leaders Named Super Women in Business  


The Memphis Business Journal announced its 2014 Super Women in Business honorees. These 25 women make up the third class of finalists since the awards' inception. Among them are WFGM leaders and friends of the Foundation.


WFGM Board Members 

Nisha Powers, President, Powers Hill Design

Becky Jones West, President, WestRogers Strategic Communications.


Ruby Bright, Executive Director/CAO, Women's Foundation

Friends of WFGM

Sally Aldrich, Methodist Alliance Services

Sandra Bailey, Methodist Extended Care Hospital

Cindy Brewer, LEO Events

E. Florence Hervery, Case Management, Inc.

Ann Langston, Church Health Center

Teresa Sloyan, Hyde Family Foundations

Roblin Webb, Freedom Prepatory Charter Schools

Keri Wright, Universal Asset Management

 Young Women Philanthropists Announces 2014 - 2015 Chair


WFGM is pleased to announce the new chair of Young Women Philanthropists (YWP),Tiffany Futch. Tiffany has been a member of YWP since 2012. She has been a volunteer for many events including the Modern Day Woman's Conference, Legends Award Reception, and Youth Leadership Forum.

"I'm very excited that Tiffany has accepted the position as Chair of Young Women Philanthropists," said Outgoing YWP Chair and WFGM Board Member, Gina Myers "She is a natural leader and is full of brilliant ideas to take YWP to the next level.  I look forward to seeing her lead this group of fabulous women."


Tiffany is an Instructional Designer for American Home Shield -a ServiceMaster Company-where she develops learning solutions in support of business initiatives and skill development. She proudly carries the title of Memphis native, graduating from Kirby High School then studying Biology at Christian Brothers University and Special Education at the University of Memphis.  Very passionate about women and children's issues, Tiffany is very active in the community through outreach and advocacy. 



Memphis Area Legal Services

The Opportunity Plus Program fosters economic self-sufficiency among victims of domestic violence. This initiative will continue to fund a staff position to facilitate achieving the goals of the Domestic Violence program and to act as liaison between clients and community efforts for workforce development, potential employers, housing opportunities and the judicial system. Check out Fawn Pettet, Program Coordinator for Opportunity Plus, on the October edition of On Cable Tonight. 



WFN and TWFA Present Webinar on Advocacy Best Practices


Women's Funding Network and the Tennessee Women's Fund Alliance are hosting a webinar oOctober 15 at 12 p.m. about the benefits of women's funds collectively working on an advocacy issue. Join the Women's Foundation for a Greater MemphisThe Women's Fund of Greater Tennessee and The Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga as they share the crucial lessons learned and knowledge gained from their experience with a successful campaign to fight commercial sexual exploitation of children in Tennessee. Register for the webinar - Human Trafficking and the Tennessee Women's  Funds Alliance: A Partnership of Sister Funds resulting in Statewide Social Change.


 Politico Magazine Covers Poverty in Memphis

In the article, Can You Fight Poverty by Paying Kids to Go to School?, Politico Magazine examines poverty in Memphis, what the city is doing to reduce it and the Family Rewards Program. Family Rewards is a cash-based incentive program for families who are willing to make improvements in education, healthcare and employment outcomes. Read more...    


In This Issue
Leadership and Recognition
Grantee Partner Spotlight
Advocacy In Action

WFGM Annual Report

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Human Trafficking and the Tennessee Women's Funds Alliance: 

A Partnership of Sister Funds Resulting in Statewide Social Change 

Hosted by the
Women's Funding Network

Monday, October 15, 2014

12:00 p.m.
Register Today


Power of the Purse Auction

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chickasaw Country Club

3395 Galloway Avenue

Memphis, TN  38112
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Deneuville Learning Center

Gala and Auction


Welsh Dining Hall at Hutchison School
1740 Ridgeway Road

Memphis, TN 38119
Saturday, November 1, 2014
6:30 - 10:30 pm 

Please join 2014 Honorary Chair

Sharon Ryan, Senior VP, General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary at 
International Paper
for an evening of food, drinks,
entertainment, and live and silent auctions!

Individual tickets $50 - call (901) 726-5902





Be healthier today than you were yesterday. 

Commit to just one easy,
healthy action today. 

Keep track of the Small Starts
you want to try next, 
check them off as you go. 

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Fourth Annual Taffi T. Crawford Domestic Violence 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m.

New Fellowship Church

5453 Stateline Rd., Olive Branch, MS

 For more information, visit www.taffitcrawforddvfoundation.com

Domestic Violence
Awareness Rally

Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon

Orange Mound Community Center

For more information,
call Stop DV NOW at 901-526-6111




Memphis Named Among Top Cities in Philanthropy 


Memphis, Tennessee ranks
second among the most charitable
cities in all of the U.S. ,based on
a recent analysis from
The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  

 Read more about our city's impact through giving back.





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The mission of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is to encourage

philanthropy and foster leadership among women and support programs that enable

women and children to reach their full potential.