Slingshot News and Insight

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The extraordinary toll poverty takes on our neighbors and our city is virtually impossible to measure. But the answers aren’t.

The extraordinary toll poverty takes on our neighbors and our city is virtually impossible to measure. But the answers aren’t. Slingshot is forging a data-driven roadmap, attracting and directing more resources toward solutions with the greatest impact – the net change that a given intervention or program creates in a person's life. Are you ready to reimagine the way we fight poverty? Invest in Slinsghot’s IMPACT Fund today. Read More
at Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Do you allocate resources to a donor-advised fund for rainy day giving?

Do you allocate resources to a donor-advised fund for rainy day giving? In Slingshot's 2017 Q3 Stakeholder Report , we wrote, “To reference Mr. Warren Buffett, we know that the rain is coming. What we need now is an ark.” To this end, Slingshot is inspired by David and Jennifer Risher’s call for DAF holders to halve their DAFs by September 2020. Investment now is critical – just as earlier investments in equities grow faster due to compounding interest,... Read More
at Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Slingshot directs contributions toward bold investments.

“Slingshot combines contributions of all different sizes from all different people – from $10 to $1 million dollars – to make bold, big transformative investments in the nonprofits that have the highest potential to do the best work.” - Stinson Liles, Director of Communications, Alliance for Early Success; Board Director, Slingshot Memphis Read More
at Monday, June 29, 2020

Last week, Slingshot announced a historic partnership with MDRC.

Last week, Slingshot announced a historic partnership with MDRC . But what are the implications of this partnership? Slingshot believes that fighting poverty requires collaborative efforts to maximize impact. There is no organization better equipped to evaluate work at the intersection of data-analysis and poverty-fighting than MDRC. With their expertise and insight, Slingshot will be able to better refine its assessment process, which has a ripple effect – helping our... Read More
at Friday, June 26, 2020

Slingshot Memphis and MDRC announce partnership to improve anti-poverty programs

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 16, 2020 – Slingshot Memphis and MDRC today announce a collaborative, working partnership in Memphis, Tennessee — the first of its kind in the region. MDRC and Slingshot are working toward several goals, including enhancing Slingshot’s impact measurement tools and methodology, furthering a strategy to better align the work of multiple stakeholders intended to reduce poverty in Memphis, and co-publishing information about these efforts. ... Read More
at Friday, June 26, 2020

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