In our Community

At Gaskill Strategies, we value all things community.  We work with organizations that are community-minded and that want to make our city a better place.  Here, we'd like to focus on the people, places and things that are improving and inspiring our world.

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Give good this holiday season

In 2015, Gaskill Strategies celebrated 11 years of working with nonprofits and community groups to inspire growth, giving and doing in Memphis and the Mid-South.

We are inspired every day by these incredible organizations and the people they serve. Here's a list of 12 ways you can give and help make Memphis better. Give good this holiday season by making a donation to one of these great causes in honor of a loved one, co-worker, teacher or friend. 

Looking for more ways to give? Get additional giving inspiration at Where to Give Mid-South. Your generosity truly does make Memphis better. 

From all of us at Gaskill Strategies, may you be blessed with love and goodness this holiday season.

Here's the list:

Ballet Memphis
Ballet Memphis dancers rely on their shoes to help them deliver the athletic and artistic performances you love. Those beautiful pointe shoes are strong enough to support the highest leaps and quickest turns, yet they are so fragile, some last only a few days! Ballet Memphis dancers will wear through 250 pairs of pointe shoes this season and each pair costs $100. Help us to keep our dancers on their toes by making your gift today!

The 2015 BRIDGES holiday card is a great way to simplify your gift-giving and support the BRIDGES mission at the same time. This year's card features one-of-a kind artwork by Bridge Builder Margie Peeler, a junior at St. Mary's Episcopal School.

Girls Inc. of Memphis
Honor the strong, smart and bold girl in your life with a gift to Girls Inc. of Memphis. A minimum gift of $17.81 will provide a week of effective, pro-girl programming for a Girls Inc. girl. By honoring your girl, you help other girls in the Memphis area grow. The girl you honor will receive a personalized card letting them know that you have donated to Girls Inc. on their behalf. 

GiVE 365
GiVE 365, the dollar-a-day giving circle at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, lets members pool their money and make a positive, collective impact on our community through grants to nonprofits.

Jubilee Catholic Schools Network
The Jubilee Catholic Schools Network has more students than ever, more school days than ever and more need than ever. Our students come from some of Memphis’ most economically challenged neighborhoods and, because of donors like you, are able to access a high-quality education rooted in Catholic tradition. Please consider making a donation today so we can continue to provide our students with the need-based scholarships they deserve to ensure they receive an academically rigorous, Christ-centered education. 

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South
Schools serving economically disadvantaged students are often unable to participate in our JA BizTown Program. These students generally have the greatest need for this program. We are therefore seeking sponsors to help ensure every 5th grade student is able to participate.  Your contribution of only $30 will allow one student to participate (average student class is 80 students). Please help us sponsor a full Shelby County Schools class to attend JA BizTown.

Memphis Child Advocacy Center
Your gift to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center helps kids like Keira. She was 9 years old when her step-father starting sexually abusing her. You can  imagine the shame she felt after her step-father—her abuser—told her that the abuse was her fault. Your support of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center is the solution to the cruelty Keira experienced. The Memphis CAC advocates, therapists and forensic interviewers work side by side with a team of investigators and prosecutors to maximize the best possible outcome for victimized children. At the Memphis CAC, Keira was helped to a place of safety and healing. Thanks to generous people like you, that dark cloud of shame was lifted away, allowing her the freedom to laugh, to play, and to be a kid again.

Methodist Healthcare Foundation
Share the Care for a family whose loved one is in hospice. Every day, families from all walks of life turn to Methodist for care and compassion during a loved one’s final days. Your donation goes directly to help ensure that all families have access to the highest level of skilled and compassionate care and services at the Hospice Residence and Hospice home care. 

Mid-South Food Bank
Your gifts to Mid-South Food Bank provide holiday meals for children, families and seniors struggling with food insecurity and hunger. Kids out of school for the holidays is a happy time, but for many parents, it can also be difficult because the kids are not eating at school. We can make your dollars go so much farther.  A donation of $30 will give a family nearly 100 meals. 

Many of our Shelby County neighbors struggle to make ends meet or face unexpected crises that leave them without a safety net. MIFA programs fill in the gaps for those seniors and families whose independence is threatened by hunger, homelessness, isolation, or loss of transportation. Your gift of $50 covers a week’s worth of Meals on Wheels for a homebound senior. On average, $250 in utility assistance helps a family stay in their home or keep the lights on. No one deserves to worry about providing basic needs to their families during the holidays. A gift to MIFA could make all of the difference to your fellow Memphians this season.

New Memphis Institute
The Memphis of today looks very different from the landscape of ten years ago because of people—like you—standing up and doing their part to build a better city. New Memphis is proud to be at the front of that effort, fostering local talent, amplifying positive news, welcoming city newcomers, and creating passionate and connected Memphians. If you're committed to fueling progress in the city you call home, become a New Memphis donor. Your gift of any size makes a difference. 

Playback Memphis
Playback Memphis bring stories to life to unlock healing, transformation and joy. Through our Performing the Peace program, we bring together Memphis Police officers and formerly incarcerated individuals with the goal of building trust, respect and understanding using the Playback process. One Performing the Peace participant costs $850. With your contribution, more Memphians can experience the healing, transformation and joy of Playback.

Posted by John Gaskill at 3:50 PM