Our world needs companies and organizations who openly demonstrate their commitment to the shared purposes of WiseHeart Foundation through their service and their giving. When these groups are identified, we encourage them to partner with us in our shared work. When you become a Foundation Partner, you become part of a movement of businesses and organizations that seek to change the world through God-honoring work.
A WiseHeart Foundation Partner will have a track record of sound profitability or mission effectiveness and will seek to impact the world by doing great work with great faith. When you become a Partner, we highlight your ministry on our website and share your work and needs among our donors.
Agape Child & Family Services is a Christian-based agency serving orphaned children, homeless women and children, and at-risk communities in the Greater Memphis area.
Agape is a Christian-based ministry dedicated to providing children and families with healthy homes by sharing God’s love. Agape connects people to God’s mission by uniting children with loving families, strengthening homes and communities with intentional relationships, and linking servants to service.
They primarily focus on the following areas: orphan care (adoption and foster care), housing homeless women and their children, and youth and families living in impoverished communities. This ministry has served over 10,000 families in Memphis in 2015. Ministries include: Powerlines Community Network, Families in Transition, The Memphis Family Connection Center, and a partnership with the public school districts to support students’ educational and behavioral success.
Agape focuses on Christian principles in every aspect of its ministry. They carry this out in three ways: promote the spiritual growth of their clients, employees, and associates, support the work of local churches in equipping members for ministry, and empower families, churches, and communities so children are provided with healthy homes.
To learn more about Agape visit www.agapemeanslove.org
Inspired by the love of Christ, Asha’s Refuge exists to assist the most disadvantaged refugees in achieving a successful resettlement in the Memphis, TN area.
Asha’s Refuge offers support and defends the rights of local underprivileged refugees through community and client education thereby reducing any overall negative impact on the unprepared local government, city, business, school and/or neighborhood dealing with an influx of culturally diverse group of people.
Asha’s Refuge will have a culturally sensitive urban basic educational system complete with student housing that offers disadvantaged adult clients American life, language and job skills needed for their successful resettlement in America. We believe all people should be given the opportunity to be encouraged and educated which therefore builds character, self-esteem, allows for job success, helps to reduce crime, keeps individuals self-sufficient (not dependent upon government well-fare assistance programs) and overall offers hope to families which will lead generations forward on a victorious path of success. We provide instruction in a caring, safe and healthy learning environment, responsive to each student, in collaboration with families and the community. Our clients are taught to embrace diversity, act responsibly and contribute to their community.
Asha’s Refuge is a faith based Christian organization. We believe that it is our duty to serve the nations as unto Jesus. The nations have literally come to Memphis and we have the privilege and responsibility of helping to bring hope to the hopeless by first, just loving all people as we believe Jesus would do. Love God. Love People. Just LOVE.
“…by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” -John 13:35
“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” –Romans 10:14
To learn more visit www.ashasrefuge.org
The mission of Coaching for Literacy is to use the power of sports to raise awareness about the problem of illiteracy and support literacy programs nationwide. Coaching for Literacy empowers coaches, their teams and fans to make a more literate America by participating in awareness efforts, volunteer work and fundraising activities.
Why Promote Literacy?
- 774 million people worldwide cannot read.
- 32 million adults in the United States cannot read. That is about 1 in 7.
- 43 percent of adults with the lowest literacy rates in the United States live in poverty.
- 63 percent of prison inmates in the United States cannot read.
- 19 percent of today’s high school graduates are functionally illiterate.
- Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.
- College graduates have a 95 percent chance of never living in poverty, and their descendants have a better chance of avoiding poverty as well.
- The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.”
- The Oxford Dictionary defines functionally illiterate as “lacking the literacy necessary for coping with most jobs and many everyday situations.”
CFL is passionate about the positive impact literacy can have in one’s life. The problem has to be solved early, as research has shown that 4th grade is a pivotal year in a child’s literacy capability. While it is easy to take for granted, the ability to read and write drastically improves a person’s chances of continued education, employment candidacy, and overall self-confidence. With your help, we want to help others less fortunate than ourselves.
To learn more visit www.coachingforliteracy.org.
“It’s relationships, not programs that change children.”- Bill Milliken, CIS Founder
Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) is part of the national network of Communities In Schools (CIS), which serves nearly 1.5 million students in 2,400 sites nationwide. CIS is widely known as the country’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life.
CISTN is working to change the picture of education for more than 8,000 of Memphis’ most vulnerable students. Students with unmet needs have a hard time learning. They may be hungry, lack parental involvement, be at-risk of losing their housing, go without proper clothing and live in neighborhoods where there is violence, drugs and gangs. CISTN knows that poverty is the number one factor preventing students from being successful in school. Now more than ever, schools need coordinated community services to address the complex issues of poverty that prevent student success in the classroom. Through the work of a school-based site coordinator, CISTN is able to address those needs and help more kids stay in school.
In the 2014-2015 school year, CISTN expanded into Memphis with partnerships at Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School and Westside Achievement Middle School. Since then, CISTN at Memphis has expanded to serving 13 schools in order to meet the increasing needs of the community. Currently, CISTN is serving students in 4 elementary, 5 middle and 4 high schools in Memphis, the majority (93%) of whom are economically disadvantaged.
CISTN’s evidence-based approach, adapted to meet each community's unique needs, is the basis for its success. Last year in Memphis, 96% of the students served were promoted/graduated. With the support from CISTN at Memphis interventions, students are making progress and staying in school.
Visit the website www.cistn.org to learn more the work of Communities In Schools of Tennessee at Memphis and how you can help.
Crosslink Memphis, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian medical mission supply ministry. It exists to provide an avenue for sharing the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the provision of supplies and medicines for Christian medical missions.
What is our mandate?
Crosslink Memphis strives to follow The Great Commission of Jesus Christ: “Then, Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
Where does Crosslink Memphis Get Donated Supplies?
- Area Hospitals and Clinics
- Physician’s Offices
- Hospice families
- Medical Supply Companies
- Church Groups
- Christian Schools
- Individuals like you, who purchase supplies for donation to Crosslink Memphis.
What Kind of Donated Supplies Are Needed by Crosslink?
Band-aids, sunglasses, reading and prescription eyeglasses, sterile gauze, triple antibiotic ointment, dental floss, Ace bandages, Ibuprophen, acetaminophen, vitamins, canes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, shampoos, gently used walkers, wheelchairs, etc. Note: All donated items must carry an expiration date of one year or longer. All packages of over the counter items must have unbroken seals. Please no herbal meds, personal prescriptions, or used prescription bottles.
Crosslink Memphis Helps Others by:
- Providing and customizing requests for specific supplies and medicines.
- Helping to provide eyeglasses for international medical missions.
- Helping Christian faith-based non-profits and churches accomplish their mission of outreach here in our Memphis community, the United States, and around the world.
To learn more visit www.crosslinkmemphis.org.
Families Matter exists to increase the number of healthy, loving, caring and forgiving families through a community–wide movement.
Families Matter was founded in 2004 through a three-year grant from the Urban Child Institute of Memphis based on a marriage enrichment program developed by a pastor at Second Presbyterian Church at that time. It is Families Matter’s experience that the breakdown of the family is the root cause of the many negative social issues we witness today. In order to increase the number of healthy families, they are compelled to address the need to educate, encourage, empower and support men in their knowledge of building and sustaining a biblically-based Christian relationship with their wife/significant other and their children.
Families Matter is a resource center that provides tools to build up every member of the family. Their educational offerings include everything from workshops for boys and men instructing them on how to become men of integrity to the indispensable purpose of being a father. Classes are also offered to couples and to single parents. In schools Families Matter supports students in understanding the necessity of making wise relationship choices, thereby assisting them in creating future success for their lives.
Families Matter is also collaboratively positioned to connect individuals and couples to counseling services around the area when one-on-one attention is needed.
For more information, please visit www.familiesmattermemphis.org.
Friends and Family Community Connection (FFCC) began as a free community sports program in 1996. It then grew into an adult literacy program for over 21 different languages spoken in North County San Diego. The literacy program led to an after-school homework club, computer literacy classes and a WIC clinic offering immunizations for the mothers and children.
FFCC is about building relationships and the programs are a means to that end. Over the years, FFCC's local outreach has evolved to include fresh produce food distribution throughout North County caring for the homeless and low-income adult seniors.
The ministry moved outside San Diego County in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina. Over three years, many San Diego volunteers traveled to Biloxi, MS enabling families devastated by the hurricane to move back into newly refurbished homes. More recently FFCC has provided support to families impacted by Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy and the tornado that struck Moore, OK in May of 2013. FFCC is ready and willing to help with needed resources and volunteer support when disaster strikes.
In 2007, FFCC took its first trip overseas. The international work began with distributing “Fight Against Hunger” meals. FFCC has distributed over 13 million meals to Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Jamaica, Japan, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras and more. FFCC also works to provide help with water filtration, solar power, education/technology, medical training and care.
To learn more visit: http://www.ffccsd.org.
“Training, equipping, preparing and resourcing church leaders throughout the world for Christian ministry.”
3 Key Areas of The Grace Institute
The Grace Institute was formed with a focus to help pastors receive Biblical education. The majority of Christian pastors in the world today have little to no Biblical resources and training. Therefore, we desire to provide Biblical education for free to these pastors and church leaders so that they can teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the fullness of Holy Scripture with confidence, leading their people to faith and action within the kingdom of God.
Contextualized Delivery Systems
Because there are many variables to learning - education levels, economics, electricity or the lack, and time limitations, just to name a few, contextualized delivery systems are imperative to provide good learning. We seek to work with our partner seminary or ministry who works with a specific network of pastors in order to provide the best delivery available. This ranges from complete learning centers to individual computer tablets to printed transcripts and study guides.
Transformational Learning Communities
Our goal has never been for pastors and church leaders to merely receive Biblical content. We desire to see transformation in the lives of the pastors, church leaders, and congregations. We feel that this is best accomplished by learning the Biblical content within transformational learning communities so that ideas can be shared, accountability can be fostered, and Biblical application can be encouraged.
HopeWorks is a non-profit in Memphis, TN providing hope and transformation through education, spiritual development, and respect for work. HopeWorks accomplishes this mission through Adult Education and job skills training classes. These programs help develop self-confidence and personal responsibility.
HopeWorks strives to break the cycle of crime, addiction and generational poverty by implementing a holistic approach through daily classes, meals, educational training and spiritual counseling.
In 1988, several area churches considered how to care for the poor and homeless in Memphis. The original concept was to provide temporary housing, which grew into the Life Skills Lab—a program that helped the chronically unemployed become self-directed and goal-oriented. The organization’s name changed to HopeWorks Inc. in 1998, offering a “Personal Career and Development” (PCD) 13-week class course. In 2015, HopeWorks Inc. graduated its 98th PCD class with over 1,000 graduates total.
For more information, visit www.whyhopeworks.org.
In the Memphis-area alone, 300 to 400 youth are taken to Juvenile Court multiple times every year. In response to this overwhelming problem, JIFF (Juvenile Intervention and Faith-Based Follow-Up) was formed in 2003 to break the cycle through Christ-centered invention. JIFF places 12-18 year olds who have been in Juvenile Court three or more times in a life changing 16-week program.
The program consists of mentoring, culinary training, career readiness and GED training. JIFF also began a Juvenile Court Evening Reporting Center where young teens receive programming five nights a week on making wise choices.
“Making a difference in the lives of JIFF youth boils down to demonstrating the love of Christ, and along the way on this journey you will find that you need them, as much as they need you,” said Richard Graham, Executive Director of JIFF.
JIFF served over 120 youth this year and with a mere 38% increase in budget, could serve 300 next year. JIFF strives to rescue youth from a life of crime, but even more, point them to the solution–Jesus Christ.
To learn more visit www.jiffyouth.org.
My Town Miracles is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to make an impact in the communities served. They do this by being a miracle to individuals who really need one. My Town Miracles maintains a core focus on four main areas: Life, Liberty, Learning and Last Days.
• Life: Partners with individuals who choose life
• Liberty: Helps individuals who are facing addiction issues and have a real desire to change the course of their life
• Learning: Supports men, women and children who need assistance in the area of education and life growth
• Last Days: Serves those who are going through issues at the end of their life
Through love and generosity, My Town Miracles brings lasting change and hope needed in individuals and families and shows compassion to others as God has shown to us.
To learn more visit www.mytownmiracles.org.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Neighborhood Christian Centers consists of communities that live and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ by conducting ministry that meets both practical and spiritual needs. Since its beginning in 1978, NCC has laid a strong foundation of ministry in its communities. The primary mission of the Neighborhood Christian Centers is to build stronger families and neighborhoods by providing compassionate, Christ-centered ministries to those in need.
NCC serves those Christ came to serve: the oppressed, the hungry, the captive, the blind, the lowly, the alien, the orphan and the widow. NCC ministers to these groups through many programs including, Compassionate Ministries: Crisis & Emergency Intervention Program, LoveBuilders: Family Enrichment Program, Operation Smart Child for Early Childhood Brain Development*, Women Empowered to Succeed, Youth Empowered to Succeed and The House at Orange Mound/Social Enterprise Program.
For more information visit http://ncclife.org/
*The First Ladies for Healthy Babies is the same as Operation Smart Child
Orphanos is a Memphis-based 501(c)3 Christian charity that partners with Christian ministries and Christian missionaries who help children at risk around the world. We exist to make much of Jesus! We do that by providing accounting and donor services for evangelical missions to orphans and vulnerable children in over 17 countries.
We do not operate orphan homes, we believe the local church and family home leaders are best suited for that. We support the homes and missionaries in various administrative ways, but a major way we help our ministry partners is by processing and distributing their gifts. We do that efficiently, anonymously and with high integrity.
We direct 100% of your gift where you want it to go. We take nothing for overhead, which is highly unusual among charities. We are committed to sending donations to our missionaries and partner homes without taking a fee for overhead expenses. Simply put, we raise separate money for our expenses and our personal staff salaries so we don’t have to charge the missionaries and the children for our services to them. It’s part of our ministry to them, and for them.
To learn more visit www.orphanos.org.
What is Siloam Health?
Siloam Health has deep roots in the church. In 1991, a group of members at Belmont Church on Nashville’s Music Row decided to become part of the solution to local poverty and our broken health care system by starting a health clinic for the underserved.
Drawing inspiration from the story of Jesus and the blind man in John 9, the founders established Siloam Family Health Center (now known simply as Siloam Health) as a place where “the work of God might be displayed in [the] life” of its patients. In those early years, the church tithed its building fund to sustain Siloam’s operations. Over time, dozens of other local congregations embraced the unique health ministry of Siloam as an extension of their missions. Siloam began with one volunteer doctor seeing a few patients on Saturday mornings in a 1,000 square-foot converted apartment space. Thanks to a successful 2005 capital campaign, Siloam now owns its own debt-free 12,000 square-foot facility.
Marking its 26th year of service this year, Siloam Health today is a faith-based, charitably funded nonprofit organization that provides affordable, high-quality, whole-person care to the uninsured in the metro Nashville area as well as health promotion among our city’s immigrant and refugee communities. Siloam has a full-time staff of 40, with over 400 regular volunteers. Siloam is especially known for offering truly whole-person health care, addressing the physical, emotional, spiritual and social determinants of health through an interdisciplinary team of staff and volunteer caregivers, including local pastors and intercessors.
What is Siloam Health’s Vision?
For over two decades Siloam Health’s mission has been “to share the love of Christ by serving those in need through health care.” While many focus on the recent economic prosperity and outward growth of the “New Nashville,” the reality is that poverty rates have increased over the past decade, as have the ranks of the uninsured. There has also been an influx of immigrants and refugees to our city from all over the world. Today, one in eight residents of Davidson County is foreign-born.
In light of our mission, our many collaborative partnerships, and the quarter century of service we’ve been privileged to offer this growing group of new Nashvillians, Siloam Health has grown to embrace a vision of whole-person health ministry among the poor as a catalyst for the flourishing of a whole, “New Nashville.” Our goal is to see our patients and their communities experience the full, biblical experience of shalom—to become healthy, productive members of the community who are able to manage their physical, mental, and spiritual health through ongoing education, preventive care and affordable treatment.
To learn more visit www.siloamhealth.org.
Streets Ministries, through the love of Jesus Christ, engages, encourages and equips young people to achieve their potential by realizing their God-given purpose.
- ENGAGING RELATIONSHIPS: STREETS meets students where they are with grace and understanding. Staff and volunteers spend hours each week investing time and resources to build deeper relationships with students.
- ENCOURAGING GROWTH: STREETS offers proven programs designed to help students achieve their full mental, physical and spiritual potential.
- EQUIPPING FOR LIFE: STREETS provides the resources and opportunities students need most to put them on the path to success.
In 1987 God called Ken Bennett to a life of service in one of the most desperate neighborhoods in Memphis. With the firm conviction that the only path to true and enduring change was through the hope found in Jesus Christ, Ken began Streets Ministries with only a van, a basketball and a heart to trust God on a daily basis. Today STREETS operates in three locations throughout Memphis with the help of a wide array of partners.
Now nearly three decades later, STREETS serves 1200 students a week providing opportunities and resources to help them find their path to academic, spiritual and physical achievement.
To learn more visit www.streetsministries.org.
Third Millennium Ministries prepares Christians leaders around the world with Biblical education, in five major languages, for free.
Third Mill is a non-profit Evangelical Christian ministry equipping church leaders in their native country by creating multimedia seminary curriculum through print, DVDs, online streaming, radio and TV broadcast. They create strategic relationships with many different churches, denominations, agencies, missionaries, seminaries, Bible schools and other groups. These relationships have already resulted in the distribution of many millions of video lessons delivered to indigenous church leaders and students in training for ministry.
The goal of Third Mill is to provide Christian education to millions of pastors around the world who lack sufficient training for ministry. This goal is accomplished by publishing and globally distributing a free multilingual, multimedia, digital seminary curriculum in English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Russian and Spanish. The curriculum is produced in 12 other languages by partner ministries. The curriculum meets the requirements of an accredited M.A. in Biblical Studies; it is designed to be used in support of existing schools, as well as by groups and individuals. All lessons are approved by at least two faculty members holding doctorates in their fields. Instructors are seminary professors, writers and editors are theologically trained educators and translators are theologically astute native speakers of their target languages.
“God has blessed Third Millennium Ministries over the last 17 years in ways that astonish us all. It is such a privilege to see leaders of the church around the world encouraged as God raises up prayer and financial partners who enable us to provide them with teaching about the Bible and sound theology.” Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr., President
Third Millennium’s highest priority is to equip church leaders so that they will spread the Gospel of Christ to every corner of the earth.
To learn more visit www.thirdmill.org.
Dealing with the death of a loved one is extremely difficult. But when it is a homicide—grief is combined with violence.
Victims to Victory was founded in 1995 to help victims of crime in the Memphis community move from crisis to comfort through Christ. This crucial ministry serves homicide co-victims and victims of domestic violence, aggravated assault, robbery and child survivor/victims. Victims to Victory walks through every step with the affected family—from individual counseling to criminal justice support and court accompaniment.
The non-profit offers a “Restorative Justice” program, which is a victim-centered response to crime providing opportunities for all affected to participate in repairing the harm caused by crime. This approach includes victim impact classes and a Victim Offender Dialogue Program carried out in partnership with the TN Department of Corrections.
Dr. Katherine Lawson, Executive Director of Victims to Victory said, “I believe that the Church should be at the forefront of ministry to the brokenhearted. We, like the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 24-37, must show mercy by offering help and hope to people who are physically, emotionally and spiritually broken by crime.”
The foremost way that Victims to Victory aides its families is by incorporating Christ in all of the programs and services offered. The organization strives to strengthen faith, restore hope and the capacity to love.
To learn more visit www.victimstovictory.org
Tennessee has one of the top five fastest growing immigrant populations in the United States. World Relief Memphis is dedicated to serving this specific population. World Relief consists of 26 offices across the nation, making it the largest evangelical refugee resettlement agency. A need arose in Memphis, Tennessee, with its international population of over 110,000 and refugees started resettling in 2012.
World Relief Memphis has a simple and gospel-driven mission: to empower the local Church to serve refugees, who have been forced to leave their country, culture, friends, and families for safety. World Relief empowers volunteers to help meet refugees’ physical, relational, and spiritual needs. In its first year of operation, Memphis resettled over 100 refugees and 200 additional refugees in its second and third fiscal years.
Who does World Relief serve in the Memphis area? You will find 10,000 international students, 70 different languages and/or dialects and 100 countries represented in the Memphis schools. You will also see a large span of religions: eight mosques, two Hindu temples, two Buddhist centers and at least ten Jewish synagogues.
World Relief Memphis ministers to the most vulnerable through immigrant legal services, refugee resettlement, English classes and employment services.
Acts 17:26-27 –
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”
Matthew 25:35-36 –
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
To learn more visit www.worldreliefmemphis.org
There are about 7,000 languages spoken in the world today. Scripture exists in nearly 3,000 of them, but there are many other languages that still need the Bible to be translated. For nearly 75 years, Wycliffe Bible Translators has been dedicated to making the Bible accessible to all people in the language and form they understand best.
In 1999, Wycliffe adopted a mission to see a Bible translation program in progress in every language still needing one by 2025. Their vision is that God’s Word is accessible to all people in a language that speaks to their heart. Since its beginning, Wycliffe has dramatically accelerated the pace of Bible translation. Technological advancements like solar-powered satellites, linguistics and translation software, and growing partnerships with local churches and believers contribute to this.
Because physical and emotional needs often prevent people from fully engaging with Scripture, Wycliffe also cares for people holistically through services like health care education, literacy training and workshops that help people heal from traumatic experiences.
Visit wycliffe.org to learn more.