St. Mary's Community Fund
The St. Mary's Community Fund is a student organization formed for the purpose of educating young women about the importance of philanthropy through hands-on community service, fund raising, and grant making.
Established in 1998, the St. Mary's Community Fund is a student-run organization that has granted over $450,000 to over 40 local agencies directly benefitting MidSouth children. It also promotes community service and provides experiences for young women to learn first-hand about philanthropy and grant making.
Each of the 50 members on the Community Fund volunteers in hands-on community service at these funded agencies. In addition, they also participate in the entire grants process. By reading grant applications, presenting them at monthly committee meetings, organizing site visits, and choosing reliable and deserving grant recipients, the girls learn the process of philanthropy as well as its important effect in the community.
Committee members raise money through personal solicitations and fundraisers such as GIVE901 in the Middle and Upper Schools and Thanks a Million in the Lower School.
In 2017, the SMCF granted $35,000 to seven different licensed non-profit Mid-South agencies. The agencies that benefited from grants are Baptist Trinity Hospice, Books from Birth, Carpenter Art Garden, Church Health Center, the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee, Exchange Club Family Center, and Porter-Leath.
If your organization is interested in applying for a grant from the St. Mary's Community Fund, please download and complete the grant application. Detailed information about the application process is part of the download packet. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 13, 2017, by noon.
- Agencies may be funded for up to four (4) consecutive years. If SMCF funding is obtained for a four year period, then the agency will not be able to apply for funding for the following two (2) years.
- SMCF is no longer accepting grant applications from schools.