The Memorial Foundation provided 51 grants to nonprofit organizations in the third quarter of 2022. Grants will support a wide variety of vital services in Middle Tennessee, such as:
Sexual Assault Center
Sexual Assault Center (SAC) serves children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and seeks to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy. Specialized services for victims and non-offending family members include a 24-hour statewide Crisis Call Line, evidenced-based counseling services, client advocacy services, and prevention efforts that reach over 5,000 individuals annually. SAC also operates the Tohill SAFE Clinic that provides a trauma-informed environment for survivors of rape to receive medical/legal exams outside of a hospital setting. All services are provided in English and Spanish regardless of a client’s ability to pay. Last year, SAC provided 189 forensic exams and served over 750 clients through counseling services. Funding from the Memorial Foundation will provide general program support in 2022-23.
Tennessee Innocence Project
Tennessee Innocence Project (TIP) seeks to correct and prevent wrongful convictions in TN. Under the current system, it is nearly impossible for an incarcerated person to prove their innocence without financial means. Through partnerships with pro bono lawyers, law students and volunteers, TIP investigates and litigates wrongful conviction cases, trains law students and attorneys to prevent wrongful conviction cases and raises awareness about wrongful convictions. Last year, TIP attorneys provided 1,600 pro bono hours and processed 125 applications from across the state. To date, four individuals have been exonerated that spent a total of 95 years in prison for crimes they did not commit. Funding from The Memorial Foundation will provide general program support in the greater Nashville area in 2022.
Backfield in Motion
Backfield in Motion provides free academic, athletic, and social-emotional learning programs for youth in 1st-12th grade. Over 700 students from Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) in East Nashville, Inglewood, Madison, and North Nashville are served annually through the following programs:
- Extended Learning Program (ELP): homework assistance, computer classes, mentorship, health and wellness activities, and literacy and math tutoring provided by licensed reading specialists and certified MNPS teachers. Meals are provided in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and MNPS.
- ELP Summer Sessions: 4 weeks of enrichment activities, field trips to corporate partners (Mars Petcare, Nashville Predators, CAT Financial), and literacy and math tutoring led by certified teachers. Approximately 50 college students from Belmont, TSU, and Vanderbilt help staff summer programming.
- College and Career Program: tutoring, ACT preparation, community service opportunities, career readiness, and field trips to local universities. HiSET preparation is also available for participating parents.
Funding from the Memorial Foundation will support the Extended Learning Program in the 2022-23 school year.
Together, these and other partner organizations are making a lasting impact in the lives of people in Middle Tennessee.