Message from the President

Dear Friends,

As we conclude our 23rd year, and once again reflect on the magnitude of what the agencies we support have accomplished, we are reminded that we at The Memorial Foundation are very fortunate.

With each nonprofit organization that comes through our door, we have the privilege of meeting our region’s most passionate, hardworking, driven people – people who are motivated, not by financial gain, but by the opportunity to better the lives of others. They have committed themselves to improving Middle Tennessee. The only reward they seek is to be able to fulfill that commitment.

In 2017, The Memorial Foundation distributed more than 220 grants so that the people behind these worthy nonprofit organizations could affect change for hundreds of thousands of others. Most people are fortunate to meet a handful of these types of individuals in their lifetimes. We get to meet hundreds of them each year. Because of their work in 2017 alone, 3,000 uninsured and underinsured working people received primary medical care at Faith Family Medical Clinic, 664 youth at Youth Villages who “aged out” of the foster care system received intensive in-home support and the guidance needed to make a successful transition to adulthood, and 271 women and 197 children received 16,644 nights of safety at YWCA’s Domestic Violence Shelter. And those are just a few examples of this year’s impact.

As you will find in the pages of this report,we awarded more than $6.2 million in grant funding this fiscal year to help agency partners fulfill our collective mission to improve the lives of others. But there is one thing these agencies delivered that this report cannot quantify – hope.

Through their determination and commitment, they gave hope to individuals young and old, thriving and ailing. They gave hope to many who thought hope was lost. They delivered on the hope that people really do care and will be there for them in times of need. And they delivered on the hope that most people are inherently good.

On behalf of the board and staff of The Memorial Foundation, I would like to express our gratitude to these organizations for giving Middle Tennessee such a priceless gift, and for granting us the good fortune of being their partners.


Most sincerely,

Scott S. Perry