Grizzlies Foundation becomes first sustaining member of GiVE 365

Posted by Eric Bleier on July 09, 2010

You don't have to make pro basketball dollars to donate to a fund that aims to involve new donors.

You don't have to make pro basketball dollars to donate to a fund that aims to involve new donors.

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The GiVE 365 campaign was recently launched by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis aimed to encourage collective and informed charitable giving by the next generation of donors in Memphis

On June 1, the Grizzlies Foundation became the first Sustaining Member of the new GiVE 365 campaign that aims to encourage collective and informed charitable giving by the next generation of donors in the city of Memphis.

The GiVE 365 campaign, which was recently launched by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, is an effort to educate and empower the next generation of philanthropists.  Membership requires a donation of $1 a day for the entire year for an individual.  The Grizzlies Foundation donated $3650 to the effort, earning the distinction as a Sustaining Member. 

“GiVE 365 seeks to build the next generation of philanthropists – whatever age they may be,” said Robert M. Fockler, President of the Community Foundation of Memphis.  “Because the Memphis Grizzlies already reach all ages and all sectors in this community, their leadership as the first Sustaining Member of GiVE 365 makes a strong statement that we all need to help to make Memphis a better place.”

The June 1 launch event featured Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, numerous civic and business leaders and Grizzlies owner and Foundation board member, Elliot Perry.

“The Grizzlies and the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis have a long-standing partnership, and we applaud them for engaging many more individuals and families in philanthropy,” said Jenny Koltnow, Executive Director of the Grizzlies Foundation.

As a Sustaining Member of the GiVE 365 campaign, the Grizzlies Foundation is helping build awareness, leadership and responsibility in charitable giving. GiVE 365 will ultimately establish a pattern of charitable giving with a lasting and growing fund.

To learn more about the GiVE 365 campaign visit http://www.cfgm.org.

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