Our Impact

Since 2001, we invested more than $53.6 million to platforms for youth mentoring all as a means to help prepare every student in Memphis for success in college, career and life. 

In 2020, the Foundation donated over $500,000 in grants to organizations across the Mid-South. Organizations that receive grants are all MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies member organizations who demonstrate best practice mentoring by meeting the benchmarks outlined in the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring.

Each grant has been uniquely designed to support organizations in select areas of their programs such as:

  • Expansion of established programs to under-served areas
  • Program enhancements for established quality mentoring programs
  • Professional development for youth & mentoring practitioners 
  • First-year implementation of new adult to youth mentoring programs 


  • 2017 ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year Finalist
  • 2013 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
  • 2012 Beyond Sport “Sport Team of the Year”
  • 2011 Beyond Sport “Sport Team of the Year” (Shortlist)
  • 2008 Crystal Award for Outstanding Foundation
  • 2007 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy
  • 2006 Corporate Volunteer Council Partnership Award

Year in Review

Check out the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation 2021-2022 Year in Review!