Slingshot News and Insight

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


 

Be a slingshot.

The extraordinary toll poverty takes on our neighbors and our city is virtually impossible to measure. But the answers aren’t. Be a slingshot.     Read More
at Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Partner Spotlight: Porter-Leath

Porter-Leath’s mission is to empower children and families to achieve healthy, optimal, and independent lifestyles. In Memphis, 67,000 children live in households with incomes below the federal poverty line, which is $25,750 for a family of four with two adults and two children.     High-quality early-childhood education facilitates an important pathway out of poverty. The successful outcomes associated with investing in children at an early age have been widely... Read More
at Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Summer 2020 Interns and Fellow Spotlight

This summer we had the honor of virtually working alongside interns, Grant, Taylor, and Ruby, and fellow, Brionna. Brionna is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and joined us for a fellowship through Education Pioneers. Grant is a Memphis native and attends Rhodes College. Taylor attends BYU and joined us from Los Angeles and the East Bay Region of California. Ruby graduated from St. Mary's Episcopal School this spring and will attend the University of... Read More
at Wednesday, August 26, 2020

"The future of philanthropy is to do more – and give more – right now."

"The future of philanthropy is to do more – and give more – right now." – Hugh Evans, cofounder and CEO of Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization committed to increasing the number and effectiveness of individuals taking action to end extreme poverty. Read more in this piece from Forbes .  Read More
at Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Slingshot's friend and thought partner, William Corrin, Director of MDRC’s K-12 Education Policy Area, discusses how MDRC expanded into education and the lessons they’ve learned from 25 years of research.

Recently, MDRC  celebrated 25 years of working in the field of K-12 research — collaborating with teachers, school leaders, and districts to improve students’ prospects for success. In this podcast , Slingshot's friend and thought partner, William Corrin , Director of MDRC’s K-12 Education Policy Area, discusses how the organization expanded into education and the lessons they’ve learned from 25 years of research. William commented, "I... Read More
at Thursday, August 13, 2020

Slingshot's Q2 2020 Stakeholder Report

There is a gap in the way we have traditionally fought poverty. On one side are poverty-fighting nonprofits who seek to maximize their impact without an effective way to measure it. On the other side are funders who seek to alleviate poverty without an effective way to understand the benefits generated from their charitable investments. This gap inhibits the optimal allocation of resources to the most effective poverty-fighting interventions. Four years ago, Slingshot Memphis was formed to... Read More
at Friday, July 31, 2020

Partner Spotlight: Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc.

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. has served veterans in Shelby County for over thirty years, assisting military veterans to reintegrate into society, often after achieving recovery and rehabilitation from debilitating mental and physical conditions. Slingshot is honored to work alongside Alpha Omega, the only permanent supportive housing facility in the area solely for veterans. Read More
at Wednesday, July 22, 2020

When we identify what works, we celebrate it.

When we identify what works, we celebrate it. When we discover what isn’t working, or what could work better, we provide concrete recommendations on ways to increase effectiveness and impact. Read More
at Monday, July 20, 2020

Partner Spotlight: Tech901

As industry continues to move into Memphis, IT jobs are increasingly in demand and there are not enough qualified applicants to fill positions. Tech901 was created to train a Memphis workforce to meet the growing and evolving needs of careers in the IT field. Students flourish in these programs, uncovering talents and proclivities for work in technology while simultaneously unlocking career paths that provide a meaningful wage. We’re honored to partner with Tech901 and continue to... Read More
at Friday, July 17, 2020

To create more justice, we are called to relinquish more.

We’re blurring boundaries to become a city that invests in impact. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. To create more justice, we are called to relinquish more. And we are called to do so faster and with more impact. This demands more urgency and transparency. Read More
at Wednesday, July 15, 2020