Philanthropy




Give and take. It’s a phrase bandied about most often when a compromise is involved. But for an altruistic group, the “take” part simply doesn’t apply. This group of leaders doesn’t seek the spotlight, and their work quietly improves the fabric of the city. Behind the scenes, they feed the poor, heal the sick, and provide more than just the basic necessities of life. They do so leading foundations and organizations that collectively give hundreds of millions of dollars to the region. But most importantly, they give those that they serve a sense of hope and dignity. The term “give till it hurts” is not in their vernacular, as they happily give and ease the hurt of those they serve. And the city is better because of them.

RUBY BRIGHT
Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.  Named “Foundation of the Year,” MPACT Memphis. Former Board Chair, Women’s Funding Network. Received Kate Gooch Award, Leadership Memphis; J.A. McDaniel Award, Urban League; Ruby R. Wharton Award for Community Service; Women of Achievement Vision award; Evie Horton Award; Woman of Character Award, Girls Scouts Hearts of the South.

BOB FOCKLER
President, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. A.B., Princeton University. Raises, manages, and distributes funds for charitable purposes, working with professional advisors and their clients to establish charitable giving plans for family philanthropy and endowments. Grant recipients include Project Green Fork, Wolf River Trail and Greenway Initiative, New Ballet Ensemble, and Teach for America. Served on advisory committees of MLGW and Greening Greater Memphis.

MELISSA GRIMES
President, Junior League of Memphis. B.A., Communications, University of Tennessee. Member of JLM for 13 years. Group’s membership of 1,600 women makes a $1 million impact on Memphis community every year. Over 89-year history, organization had a hand in starting many organizations such as WKNO, Pink Palace Museum, Hope House, and Volunteer Memphis, and are partnered this year with MIFA, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-South Food Bank, and FirstWorks. Married to Tom Grimes and has two daughters.

MICHAEL HARRIS
President, Hope Christian Community Foundation. B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.B.A., University of Chicago. Twenty years’ experience as investment banker with Morgan Keegan. Oversees largest Christian community foundation in the U.S. with assets of more than $80 million, establishing links between investors and faith-based initiatives. Foundation work includes the Hope for Memphis Fund and the Area  of Interest Funds. Board Member, Advance Memphis.

BARBARA HYDE
President, J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation; Director, J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation. Dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Memphis area. Involved in public education reform, including KIPP Academy, Teach for America, and New Leaders for New Schools. Founding Member, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. Trustee, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Leadership Academy, and St. Mary’s Episcopal School. Named one of Tennessee’s 100 Most Powerful People, BusinessTN, in 2004.

JENNY TURNER KOLTNOW
Executive Director, Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation. B.S. and M.Ed., Vanderbilt. Received “Outstanding Foundation of the Year,” Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Steve Patterson Award for Leadership in Sports Philanthropy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Named to “Top 40 Under 40,” Memphis Business Journal. Leads Grizzlies TEAM UP Youth Mentoring Initiative. President, Memphis Grantmakers Forum. Board Member, Leadership Academy. Advisory Board, Healthy Memphis Common Table.

LAURA K. LINDER
Executive Director, Jewish Foundation of Memphis. B.A., Journalism and Psychology, Indiana University. Certified Fund Raising Executive. Named to “Top 40 under 40,” Memphis Business Journal. Received Emerging Young Leaders Award, National Council of Jewish Women, Milwaukee. Past President, Memphis Planned Giving Council. Past Secretary, Memphis Grantmaker’s Forum. Past Board Member, Playhouse on the Square/Circuit Playhouse.

SCOTT MCCORMICK
Executive Director, Plough Foundation. Degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Memphis. Two years with the Plough Foundation, which was established through the healthcare-products company Plough Inc. and designed to provide grants to nonprofit organizations located or headquartered in Shelby County. Board Member, Riverfront Development Corporation. Former Board Member, American Cancer Society and Memphis City Beautiful.

GAYLE S. ROSE
Chairman, Rose Family Foundation. Master’s in Public Administration, Harvard University. Established foundation in 1986 to raise awareness and encourage participation in issues involving equity, racial reconciliation, and poverty. Projects include Team Max. CEO, Electronic Vaulting Service. Named one of “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Tennessee” by BusinessTN. Member, Mid-South Minority Business Council. Co-founder, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

JAN YOUNG
Executive Director, Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. Has a Doctorate in Nursing. Initiatives include Ethical Fitness and Bridges Out of Poverty. Recipient of Outstanding Alumni Awards from University of Tennessee and University of Memphis and Outstanding Air National Guard Nurse. Member, Institute of Global Ethics, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, Military Order of World Wars. Organization awarded grants of more than $7.5 million in 2010.

LAUREN W. YOUNG
Executive Director, Kemmons Wilson Family Foundation. B.S., Early Childhood Education and English, Vanderbilt University; M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education. With organization six years. Foundation received Crystal Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals. Received Corporate Neighbor Award, Volunteer Mid-South, for Corporate Volunteer Program. Board Chair, Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow Up. Board Member, Teach for America.

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