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VOL. 126 | NO. 246 | Monday, December 19, 2011

Community Fdtn. Awards $330K to Nonprofits

By Bill Dries

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The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis has awarded $329,338 in grants, most of it to help 20 nonprofits upgrade their technology and make other internal improvements to their organizations.

Every organization getting a competitive grant is required to put up matching funds.

The largest direct grants are $25,000 each to Memphis Athletic Ministries for attendance-tracking software and the Mid-South AIDS Fund.

Another $20,415 goes to Agape Child and Family Services Inc. to build a community client database system.

A $20,000 grant went to The Crisis Center, a 24-hour crisis intervention call center, to hire volunteer management and recruitment staff; another $20,000 went to United Way of the Mid-South to establish an earned income tax program.

And $15,300 is for the National Civil Rights Museum to build a disaster-recovery system for its digital files.

Melissa Wolowicz, vice president of grants and initiatives for the foundation, says many of the organizations are working with outdated computer equipment

The money comes from contributions to the Community Partnership Fund and the Community Foundation’s unrestricted endowment.

More than 60 organizations applied for the grants.

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