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1. Community Foundation Bucks National Trend With Increase in Donations -

The most recent Giving USA Report showed that Americans are giving more than ever – a record-high rate of more than $1 billion a day ($373.25 billion in 2015) – but that donations to foundations were down.

2. Porter-Leath's Early Childhood Academy Highlights Collaboration -

The past six years have brought so many changes in kindergarten through 12th-grade education locally and statewide that it is easy to lose track of how different early childhood instruction is in its preparation of children for the next step in their journey.

3. New UCI Board Chair Pledges More Grants, Transparency -

Jill Crocker, new board chairman of The Urban Child Institute, says the organization is essentially starting with a clean slate.

4. After Criticism, Urban Child Institute Ups its Grant Game -

The Urban Child Institute has approved a 5 percent annual granting strategy that will equate to giving about $8 million to local organizations to support children’s needs.

The announcement comes out of The Urban Child Institute’s Thursday, Jan. 7, board meeting, at which Jill Crocker, a Bank of America executive, was elected chairwoman.

5. Under Pressure -

The Urban Child Institute’s research produces data. That data provides guidance for making decisions about how to best help Memphis children age 3 and younger. And The Urban Child Institute’s assets, around $150 million in 2013, offer a means to that end.

6. Christmas Spirit -

Through Friday, Nov. 30, Memphians will be dropping off toys and cash donations at Bud Davis Cadillac in East Memphis for a special purpose.

It’s part of the 2012 WRVR Toy Truck, presented by BancorpSouth Inc., and it’s one of the largest events and fundraisers each year benefiting Porter-Leath, an organization that focuses on at-risk children and families.

7. What They’re Cooking Isn’t Genuine Gumbo -

IT TAKES OKRA. This Sunday, April 15, Mike Warr has asked me to help judge the gumbo cookoff at the City Auto Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, the annual mudbug throwdown to benefit Porter-Leath. Mike started this party when he was at the helm of Captain Bilbo’s 23 years ago, initially ordering 600 pounds of crawfish. Now he heads Porter-Leath, and this year some 20,000 people will be picking away at 16,000 pounds of the little critters.

8. Enjoy Crawfish And Help Kids -

Last week we wrapped up our four-part series on a Memphis narrative, featuring numerous heartfelt responses to the question: “What does Memphis mean to you?” Even though we are switching back to a nonprofit spotlight, continue to email us your thoughts and testimonials so we can weave them into our ongoing community efforts. This week let us highlight an organization that is empowering children and families to achieve a healthy, optimal and independent lifestyle: Porter-Leath.

9. Local Orgs Benefit From Crawfish Craze -

Blooming azaleas and vigorous allergies aren’t the only phenomena associated with Memphis springs.

The first quarter of every year, a certain freshwater crustacean resembling a pint-sized lobster is harvested in hordes for mass consumption to the delight of Mid-South merrymakers.

10. Porter-Leath’s Mission Evolves Beyond Historic Orphanage -

Despite decreases in funding, Porter-Leath continues working to solve the problems that tear Memphis families apart and put the city’s children at risk.

Employees of the nonprofit organization took a 5 percent pay cut to help keep one of its programs running. This tradition of commitment at the Memphis charity, which started out as an orphanage, goes back 160 years.

11. Crawfish Festival, Golf Event To Benefit Porter-Leath -

The 17th annual Porter-Leath Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival will be Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Wagner Place between Union Avenue and Beale Street.

The festival will feature a crawfish boil with 500 pounds of free crawfish given away at noon. There also will be a gumbo cook-off, a crawfish eating contest, crawfish toss and live entertainment provided by Lafayette’s Bayou Boys and New Orleans’ Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers.

12. Toothsome Ethics Ordinances to Sharpen by Year-End -

Shelby County government hasn't printed the forms that are a basic part of its new ethics ordinance. Memphis City Council members are still debating what could be the final piece of the city's ethics array.

13. Porter-Leath Receives$31,000 Grant -      Porter-Leath has received a grant of more than $31,000 from the Madonna Circle Project for its Head Start Program. The money, donated last month, will provide Head Start classrooms with equipment and supplies, including

14. Porter-Leath Program Gives Mothers, Unborn Babies Better Chance -

Shuria Holmes' daughter, Kiana, will celebrate her first birthday in a week.

Holmes, 29, is a single mother who already had a child in elementary school when she found out she was pregnant with Kiana.

15. Archived Article: Comm Focus - Youth Villages event feeds the body, warms the soul

Youth Villages event feeds the body, warms the soul


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16. Archived Article: Memos - Dr

Dr. E. Greer Richardson was elected 2002-2003 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society president. Richardson is an orthopaedic surgeon at Campbell Clinic who sub-specializes in the care of the foot and ankle. He joined the Campbell Clinic s...

17. Archived Article: Head Start (lead) - Head Start $6 million grant on tap County Head Start $6 million grant on tap By MARY DANDO The Daily News A resolution to accept more than $6 million in federal grant funds for this years Head Start program comes before the Shelby County Commission ...

18. Archived Article: Porter Leath (lead) - By SUZANNE THOMPSON Agency finds a home on Porter Leath campus By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News By the end of the year, the Gould Cottage on the campus of Porter Leath Center for Children and Family will be renovated to serve as the headquarters o...

19. Archived Article: Porter Lead - By SUZANNE THOMPSON HCD grant helps fund independent living center By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News Renovation work began Monday on an independent living facility operated by Porter Leath Children Center for young men who are wards of the state. P...

20. Archived Article: Standout - By SUZANNE THOMPSON   New Porter-Leath president Mike Warr believes social change begins with children By SUZANNE THOMPSON The Daily News When Mike Warr drove across the Hernando-Desoto bridge in the late 1970s with a pick-up truck full of furn...