Slingshot News and Insight

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Strategic partnership is one way to maximize talents and resources to make the most impact.

Strategic partnership is one way to maximize talents and resources to make the most impact. We’re excited about a Slingshot-forged collaboration between two of our nonprofit partners,  Memphis Inner City Rugby   and  Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. , that will bring rugby and support programming to more students across Memphis. Click here to see Memphis Inner City Rugby's Facebook post about their partnership with Neightborhood Christian Centers,... Read More
at Thursday, June 25, 2020

We’re grateful for community leaders like Reverend Ollie Rencher who lead conversations about poverty, justice and human dignity in Memphis.

We’re grateful for community leaders like Reverend Ollie Rencher who lead conversations about poverty, justice and human dignity in Memphis. Slingshot aims to create a demonstrable reduction in poverty. What would happen if Memphis optimized its generosity? What would happen if all of us – from faith-based communities to nonprofits, funders and the business sector – became determined to create a results-driven poverty-fighting ecosystem? Follow Reverend Rencher’s lead... Read More
at Monday, June 22, 2020

The New York Times Article: Leading Foundations Pledge to Give More, Hoping to Upend Philanthropy

The Ford Foundation  is putting urgency into action, leveraging a common business practice to dramatically increase its charitable impact in the immediate future. Learn more about what The Ford Foundation is doing through this New York Times article .  It’s not just our under-resourced neighbors who benefit from philanthropic investment. We ALL benefit when we invest resources – financial and otherwise – expeditiously and strategically in... Read More
at Thursday, June 18, 2020

Since 1970, JIFF has been one of very few Memphis-based organizations investing in the lives of Memphis’ youth with exposure to the criminal justice system.

Since 1970, JIFF has been one of very few Memphis-based organizations investing in the lives of Memphis’ youth with exposure to the criminal justice system. Their work is critically important and impactful as Slingshot estimates that successful completion of JIFF’s programs reduces the likelihood of future arrests as an adult. This offsets lost earnings due to having an adult criminal record, which Slingshot counts as a benefit created by JIFF. Their work hinges on relationship... Read More
at Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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
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
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
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
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
at Monday, May 18, 2020