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Your Gift Makes Success a Reality

Renisha Crop


Renisha has held many titles throughout her life, but “failure,” is not one of them. 

The 35-year-old, single mom, media and music professional, college graduate and volunteer is currently the Program Service Coordinator for the Talent Development Complex which is housed under MMT (Memphis Music Town) Consortium.

Mayes said she owes part of her success to the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, which supports many of the non-profits that made an impact on her life.

“I had no idea that organizations—Choice Inc, Dress for Success, Bridges—were funded by the Women’s Foundation!” she said. 

Mayes said because of WFGM she is trying to figure out a way to give back.

“What they gave me was priceless and I’ll never be able to repay them,” she said, “but I’m ready to take that step to give a financial contribution and be part of this cycle of women that help other women.”

IMG 3824Zip Code 38126 Back to School Drive

In one of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis' (WFGM) largest volunteer efforts, over 100 people supported The 2016 Zip Code 38126 Back to School Drive. Volunteers logged 305 hours to assemble and sort 37,000 total items and distribute 1,000 backpacks to students in two schools located in the heart of 38126. 

Volunteers reported to the Booker T. Washington High School Gym where they were greeted by WFGM staff, coffee, donuts, and the sight of hundreds of notebooks, crayons, pens, pencils, cookies, and more sitting neatly in a large stack of boxes. There was also information and opportunities for parents and guardians. Supporting the entire family is a critical component of WFGM's two-generation approach.  With excitement and commitment, they moved swiftly to the tables and started an assembly line to stuff the backpacks, which were a surprise for students at Booker T. Washington High School and LaRose Elementary School.

In a matter of hours and after a short program, students lined up to receive their gifts. Volunteers celebrated, laughed, and gave the students high-fives and words of encouragement as they placed the backpacks into their hands. Students posed for pictures, and stopped to open the bags to discuss the contents with friends. All smiled at the labor of love for the community and a few came back after class, asking if they could take one or two extra home for siblings.




Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By-World is an eight-week workshop that teaches students about poverty and the importance of changing ones thinking and attitude if they want to change the outcome of their lives and their children’s lives. Eight women from 38126 sat front row at the 2017 Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By-World graduation ceremony at the Crenshaw Memorial Library. They proudly smiled, waved, and waited for their names to be called to receive their certificates of completion. Family and friends surrounded them and encouraged them as they talked about what they learned and their plans for the future.

Thanks to donors like you:

  • Three women plan to get the GEDs
  • Two women plan to go to college
  • One is looking for a job
  • One is looking to volunteer in the community
  • One is researching home ownership

Classes like Getting Ahead help us complete our Vision 2020 work and meet the goals of helping 38126 residents meet their basic needs. By learning about how poverty effects their lives and their children’s lives, we also got to implement our nationally recognized two-generation approach, helping to end poverty now and in the future. Read more about Getting Ahead. 

Basketball45th Anniversary of Title IX

The inaugural Girls’ Summit, sponsored by the Women’s Foundation, Memphis Grizzlies Foundation and the National Civil Rights Museum on March 30 - 31st was a celebration of the 45th Anniversary of Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally-funded educational institutions, including athletic programs.

Students had a chance to interact with WNBA sports professionals about what it takes to compete at the highest level of the industry, both on and off the court.

Mentors for the day included Tina Thompson, Swin Cash, Allison Feaster, Rochelle Stevens, and David and Natasha Fizdale.

They also participated in invitation-only reception and panel discussion, The Fight for Gender Equality: Yesterday and Today.

View a wrap-up video of the Girls Summit here. 


Jayla FamilyJayla

My mama struggled with drugs her entire life. I spent my early years being shuffled from family member to family member, feeling like nobody wanted me. In high school, I met a guy I thought loved me. We never got married, but I always wished we would.I never thought he would be like my mama and struggle with addiction too. He couldnt keep a job because he drank. We had two kids and I put up with a lot of abuse.

When I found AGAPE's Families in Transition (FIT) Program, I was heartbroken and pregnant again, but I knew I had to get away from him. After I got accepted into FIT, I felt overwhelmed and exhaused. I had never taken care of my kids alone. But I was hopeful.

FIT helped me with my depression and lack of parenting skills. Working with FIT staff, I helped create my own individual case plan. With their support, I took computer classes and went to TN Technology School to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.

I got good grades and recommendations for jobs. I found a job and have worked helping people ever since. I am a good mom to three strong boys who love me. My boys and I are an inspiration to the other families in the FIT program.

In The News

2017 Legends Award Honorees/Reception

Honor and Art—Annual Legends Award uses art to say ‘Thank You’
Click Magazine, April 1, 2017

Funky Politics
April 7, 2017

WDIA Bev Johnson
April 12, 2017

Legends Award Reception Interview
Bounce TV, April 12, 2017 

Local Women Impact Memphis
L3 Television, April 13, 2017

Legends Award goes to three women
The Best Times, April 14, 2017

3 Women to be Honored at Legends Luncheon
Memphis Daily News, April 19, 2017

Rhodes Alumna Pat Morgan ’91 to Be Honored by Women’s Foundation 
Rhodes College Website, April 24, 2017 

2017 Annual Tribute Luncheon/Keynote Speaker

Tamron Hall to Keynote Legends Awards Luncheon
Memphis Daily News, March 25, 2017

Interview About Legends and the Annual Tribute Luncheon
WE CARE interview
Aired on 103.5, Kix 106, 98.9, and 98.1
April 16, 2017

Annual Tribute Luncheon Interview
Bounce TV, April 20, 2017

Annual Tribute Luncheon, Vision 2020
Local Memphis Live-Channel 24, April 21, 2017

Tamron Hall speaks in Memphis to empower women
WMC-TV 5, April 27, 2017

RAW: Tamron Hall speaks with Kontji Anthony
WMC-TV 5, April 27, 2017

Women’s Foundation Hosts Luncheon for Innovators and Trendsetters
Fox 13 News, April 27, 2017

Weathersbee: Tamron Hall talks about overcoming the odds
Commercial Appeal, April 27, 2017

Q 107.5, Live Tweets and Radio Discussion
April 27, 2017

Weathersbee: Murder left Tamron Hall with a message for Memphis
Commercial Appeal, April 30, 2017

Interview with Tamron Hall
WE CARE interview
Aired on 103.5, Kix 106, 98.9, and 98.1
April 27, 2017

2017 Grantee Press Conference/Vision 2020

Online and TV | Vision 2020/Economic Justice Interview
News Channel 3, April 4, 2017

Path out of Poverty: Local groups get funding boost
WREG-News Channel 3, April 27, 2017

Memphis' poorest zip code receives $1.2M
WMC-TV 5,  April 27, 017

Nonprofit announces $1.2 million investment into 38126
Memphis Business Journal, April 27, 2017

New Initiative to Focus on Memphis' Poorest Zip Code
Local 24, April 27, 2017