Institute for Responsible Citizenship

Philanthropic Literacy

Learning the Art of Leadership & Community Impact Through Philanthropic Gifts

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  • Philanthropic Literacy Board

    One of the cornerstones of Hutchison Invests is the Philanthropic Literacy Board. Upper school girls build and manage an endowment fund and then determine how to distribute grants to Memphis-area nonprofits. Participating on the board, girls will learn about the formidable responsibilities that come with how and why particular projects and organizations receive funding.

Hutchison Community Service Endowment Fund

The Hutchison Community Service Endowment Fund offers a unique 21st century learning experience for upper school girls. Through direct involvement with the decision making processes that accompany managing a grant dispersal fund, girls develop skills in financial literacy and a lifelong understanding of the powerful responsibilities that come with how and why particular projects and organizations receive funding. The goal of the Community Service Endowment Fund is to generate interest income distributed to Memphis-area nonprofits. Girls administering the grants serve on the Philanthropic Literacy Board and work with The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis to make wise investments, solicit requests for proposals, evaluate applicants, and manage the grants once they are awarded.

Apply for a 2022 Grant

Hutchison’s student-run Philanthropic Literacy Board is pleased to announce this year they will choose to distribute grants to Memphis nonprofits that will aid in the mission to combat substance abuse.

Memphis has the highest number of deaths due to drug overdose in the state of Tennessee. The Philanthropic Literacy Board at Hutchison School aims to fund a program that is actively preventing and treating substance abuse in the greater Memphis community. Since 1999, there has been a 220% increase in overdose deaths in Tennessee. Unfortunately, only one out of ten Tennesseans who struggle with substance abuse receives treatment. The board will disburse a grant to a Memphis nonprofit that promotes our mission to combat substance abuse across all age groups. 
The Committee will award one grant totaling $6,000. The deadline for this application is Friday, March 25, 2022. 
Hutchison is the leading private girls school in Memphis for ages 2 years old through twelfth grade.