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Memphis is full of dedicated people who are committed to improving our community each and every day. Here are some local nonprofits that you can donate to year round to help make a difference. 

RocketFuel's 2014 Memphis Nonprofit Giving Guide

At RocketFuel, we've had the pleasure of working with a variety of non-profit organizations that are continuously making the world a better place. Since the holiday season is all about being thankful and giving, we thought it would be a good idea to showcase some of our nonprofit clients that you can donate to this year:



ArtsMemphis has been providing funding, mentoring, and advocacy on behalf of Memphis arts, music, dance, and theater programs since 1963. 

Over the past 10 years alone they've allocated over $40 million to more than 60 community arts organizations to reinvest in the community through arts support. You can donate to ArtsMemphis here.

Literacy Mid-South

Literacy Mid-South

Literacy Mid-South is a local nonprofit that creates innovative programs promoting literacy and life-long learning to both adults and children in the Mid-South.

The ultimate goal of the organization is to support, coordinate, and expand otherwise fragmented community efforts towards community awareness, advocacy, program design, and civic engagement to ultimately create a new generation of lifelong learners. 

Donate to Literacy Mid-South here

FedEx Family House


The FedExFamilyHouse is a facility that provides free comfort, shelter, and sanctuary for families of LeBonheur Children's Hospital patients that are not from the Memphis area.

For more information about the FedExFamilyHouse you can watch the video below and view the current volunteer opportunities at the FedExFamilyHouse here

Forrest Spence Fund

Forrest Spence Fund

The Forrest Spence Fund is a nonprofit organization that supports the families of critically or chronically ill children with non-medical needs. These needs include care bags with helpful supplies for their stay in the hospital, gas cards, meal vouchers for hospital cafeterias, transportation, bill coverage, counseling opportunities, etc. 

Donate to the Forrest Spence Fund here

Operation Broken Silence

Operation Broken Silence

Operation Broken Silence is an organization leading a global movement for peace and justice in Sudan through innovative programs including media and mobilization, protection and emergency response, and advocacy. On December 9th they will release their feature documentary Lost Generation. You can view the trailer below and donate to OBS here.  

GiVE 365 Memphis

GiVE 365 Memphis

GiVE 365 Memphis is an innovative program by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis where members donate $1 a day and pools it together with other members to make a positive, collective impact on the Memphis community. Since its inception in 2010, GiVE 365 has grown to more than 260 members and has provided $287,511 in grants to local community groups and initiatives.  

Join Give 365 Memphis here

CCHF Memphis

Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF)

Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF) is a community of Christian healthcare professionals committed to living out the gospel through healthcare among the poor. About half of the people involved with CCHF work in secular settings like public health clinics, universities, and residency programs. The other half work in faith-based clinics that provide distinctively Christian care to those who need it. 

You can join the CCHF community here

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Memphis

The Memphis Salvation Army has been providing the Memphis and surrounding area with programs consistently focused of Relief and Renewal for almost 115 years- providing immediate assistance, long-term growth, and many different ways to serve the community.

These programs have included preventing chronic homelessness, overcoming addiction, and ministering to those in crisis. 

Donate to the Salvation Army here


Good Choices Good Life

Good Choices Good Life is an organization dedicated to providing people with online resources to make better choices in life. The GCGL Choice-Making Education Center is free and available to everyone and covers topics including self improvement, parenting, advice for young people, substance abuse, and more.

Donate to Good Choices Good Life here

Memphis MOST

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust

Memphis Opportunity Scholarship Trust (MOST) is an organization commited to providing scholarships for low-income children to attend private schools as well as serve as a resource for information about all types of local educational options. They also provide families with information on school choices in the Memphis area and guides on how to choose the right school for your child. 

You can contribute to MOST here

Streets Ministries

Streets Ministries

Streets Ministries aims to Engage, Encourage, & Empower impoverished youth in some of Memphis’ toughest neighborhoods through a wide range of educational, athletic, and mentor based programming.

They provide facilities, staff, and programming that engages, encourages, and empowers the students with both immediate and long term needs.

You can donate or find out about volunteer opportunites at Streets Ministries here