Slingshot News and Insight

Take a look at the latest news, insight, and updates from the Slingshot team.

 


 

Slingshot stands in solidarity

Slingshot Memphis stands in solidarity with the Black community. We condemn the disturbing deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the numerous other seen and unseen victims of racial injustice. These tragedies are not isolated events but rather are characteristic of inequitable systems that disproportionately affect the Black community in the United States. An abundance of evidence clearly shows that racism and racial inequity are intricately tied to gaps in economic... Read More
at Friday, June 5, 2020

"If ever there was a time for foundations to consider permanently accelerating the pace and volume of giving, it’s now."

"If ever there was a time for foundations to consider permanently accelerating the pace and volume of giving, it’s now." Slingshot believes that urgent investment in data-driven poverty-fighting efforts is essential to reduce suffering over time. Read this inspirational piece from McKinsey & Company about critical changes we can make to the philanthropic marketplace that could revolutionize the next era of giving. Read More
Posted by Catherine Byles at Friday, May 29, 2020

Slingshot’s superpower is measurement with a huge side of partnership and compassion.

“Slingshot’s superpower is measurement with a huge side of partnership and compassion. What Slingshot does differently is that we come alongside partners and empower them to do their best work.” - Meg Crosby , Principal, PeopleCap Advisors; Board Director, Slingshot Memphis Read More
Posted by Catherine Byles at Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thanks to Slingshot’s IMPACT Fund investors, we recently sourced, purchased, and delivered $10,000 of PPE.

Thanks to Slingshot’s IMPACT Fund investors, we recently sourced and purchased $10,000 of PPE – 12,000 vinyl gloves, 4,000 protective masks and 70 gallons of hand sanitizer – to distribute across many of our partner organizations. Our friends at  Easley Transportation   graciously lent their services to deliver this much-needed equipment, keeping our partners and their clients safe.   Read More
Posted by Catherine Byles at Wednesday, May 27, 2020

There is a widening recognition that our city's poverty-fighting ecosystem needs reconditioning.

There is a widening recognition that our city's poverty-fighting ecosystem needs reconditioning. Slingshot has spent the past three and a half years promoting this objective. Equally important, Slingshot has built the tools and processes to make this possible. So while Slingshot responds to the COVID-19 crisis, we are still aggressively pursuing our commitment to analysis and impact. You can read Slingshot’s Impact Assessment for one of our relentless nonprofit partner... Read More
Posted by Catherine Byles at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Communities in Schools of Memphis continues to offer students support.

Communities in Schools of Memphis empowers Memphis students to achieve by surrounding them with a network of support. While students are not able to be reached by their in-school support system, CISM is diligently investing in at-home support – their families. Join CISM in lifting up our community’s affected students and their families – contribute to their COVID-19 Family Resilience Fund . Read More
Posted by Catherine Byles at Monday, May 18, 2020

Slingshot Interns Share Their Unique Insights

Interns play an integral role at Slingshot. They provide valued insight, bring new ideas and perspective to the table, and help us strengthen our efforts toward creating a poverty-fighting ecosystem. We’re grateful that Hannah, Sarah, and Emma – students at Rhodes College – purposefully invested their time and resources in Slingshot. It is our hope that they’ll take what they’ve learned at Slingshot and invest in communities they love. See what they... Read More
Posted by Catherine Byles at Thursday, May 14, 2020

What does it mean to love our neighbors as ourselves?

What does it mean to love our neighbors as ourselves? Knowing that answering this question must involve people with first-hand information, Sharon Cash and The Salvation Army Memphis’ Purdue Center of Hope recently invited Justin Miller, Slingshot’s CEO, to sit down with some of our city’s leading experts on the subject. Justin shared his insights – built over a lifetime, shaped by three years of collaborative work at Slingshot, and affirmed by this conversation... Read More
at Friday, May 8, 2020

Memphis Athletic Ministries is known as a reliable, safe place for Memphis children to find nourishment: mind, body and soul.

Memphis Athletic Ministries is known as a reliable, safe place for Memphis children to find nourishment: mind, body and soul. And though courts are closed and sidelines are empty, still the families it loves are turning to MAM for support. MAM has expertly leveraged its community connections and family relationships to create life-breathing meal delivery events. Support their work here. Read More
at Friday, May 1, 2020

Slingshot Memphis continues gathering and synthesizing critical and actionable intelligence.

To help mitigate the challenges being faced by our under-resourced neighbors, Slingshot Memphis continues gathering and synthesizing critical and actionable intelligence. We are listening to our nonprofit partners, learning about their needs and the needs of their participants, and uncovering other conditions facing Memphis' poverty-fighting ecosystem as a result of COVID-19. Inspired and humbled by the resilient and creative efforts of both nonprofits and donors alike, Slingshot will... Read More
at Wednesday, April 29, 2020