Leadership, Service & Entrepreneurship

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 2020 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 improve low literacy rates.

Memphis experiences an abnormally low literacy rate since many citizens do not have access to the resources needed to read at or above the average national reading level of seventh grade. In the United States, 14 % of the citizens cannot read above the eighth-grade reading level, while only 21% of third graders in Shelby County scored proficient in reading. The Board's mission is to fund and research programs that educate Memphis residents and raise reading levels to benefit them at home, in the workplace, and in society.
The Committee will award one or more grants totaling a maximum of $5,000. The deadline for this application is to apply by noon on March 6, 2020.
Hutchison is the leading private girls school in Memphis for ages 2 years old through twelfth grade.