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VOL. 132 | NO. 122 | Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pearl and Mel Shaw

Expand Father’s Day With Nonprofit Giving

By Mel and Pearl Shaw

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We need more than a day to celebrate Father’s Day. It’s just gone too soon. It’s one Sunday and then we are back to the every day. Let’s expand Father’s Day by increasing its impact. We can do this by choosing to give to organizations that support boys, young men and fathers. Your gift would touch lives and expand a father’s loving care across Memphis and the country.

Here are the facts: estimated spending on Father’s Day in 2017 is $15.5 million. That’s a lot of money and a lot of love for our individual fathers. Let’s honor dad and share our love by also giving to those organizations that help nurture the next generation. When we donate a portion of that $15.5 million to select nonprofits, we expand the impact of Father’s Day from one day to 365.

Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters are two high-profile organizations known locally and across the country for making an impact on the lives of boys and young men. The same is true of the Boy Scouts, YMCA, the Memphis Urban League, and organizations supporting My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. We have churches, fraternities and civic and social organizations that are busy night and day providing athletics, mentoring, food and friendship to boys and young men. Each would surely welcome the participation of you and your father.

Here are a few things to consider as you expand the impact of Father’s Day.

1. Talk with your father – or the man in your life who you want to honor. Ask him which organizations he believes are changing futures for boys and young men. Listen to what he says, and then make a donation in his honor. Consider making an automated monthly contribution – that will most certainly expand Father’s Day. 

2. Check out nonprofit websites to learn of opportunities for you and your dad – and your friends – to volunteer. You can volunteer on a regular basis, or when you have time. If you don’t see anything on the website, pick up the phone and ask a live person. 

3. Place the needs of boys and young men of color at the center of your giving. Look for those organizations that prepare boys and young men of color for leadership, college, careers, fatherhood and the opportunity to live out their dreams. 

4. Look at the Ujima Legacy Fund as an example of what you and those close to you can create. This group of 40 men pool their giving to support nonprofits that make a positive impact on underserved youth and young adults in central Virginia. Members meet to discuss grant applications and collectively vote on grant recipients. This could be you. Talk to your friends, contact Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and get something started. 

This is a time to get past the ugly ties, socks and outdated shirts that are too often offered to fathers. Instead, think about putting in place a program that can honor your father and help Memphis in an ongoing way. 

Mel and Pearl Shaw, owners of fundraising consultancy firm Saad&Shaw, can be reached at 901-522-8727 or saadandshaw.com.

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