A Campaign to Endow Independence

A Campaign to Endow Independence


In March 2014, MIFA launched a $15 million endowment campaign to secure its future. When the MIFA Independence Fund is fully funded, it will contribute $750,000 annually toward the vital programs and visionary leadership that have made MIFA a community asset since 1968. 

We invite you to join us by making a gift to the MIFA Independence Fund. Your gift will be multiplied thanks to a generous $5 million challenge grant. This is a unique opportunity to multiply your impact.


An Investment in Good

"MIFA remains a nonprofit people trust and depend on. As a result, MIFA's program scope and community impact is great. It is able to leverage financial and human resources for maximum results." - Deborah Craddock, MIFA board member

A $15 million endowment will allow MIFA to secure its future and expand its capacity. It will provide a financial safety net for this vital community safety net.

The MIFA Independence Fund—a board-monitored fund whose interest will support MIFA’s programs and infrastructure—will provide $5 million to each of three areas of focus in order to increase our scope of service and safeguard our legacy.

It's a $15 million investment in the people of Memphis and MIFA's ability to help when people need it most.


Our Promise to You

“From measuring our programs’ impact to streamlining our operations to just being smarter and more innovative, we continue to adapt and improve, as MIFA has always done, to fulfill our mission of supporting the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs.” - Sally Jones Heinz, MIFA executive director

MIFA was created to meet the pressing needs of our city—to provide a hand up, not a handout. Our promise is that we will always look for better ways to serve our community—through new ideas, best practices, and smart partnerships. Our work never stops, nor does our desire to serve our neighbors.

Now is the time to secure MIFA's ability to serve with an endowment for the future.

When you give to MIFA, we stretch your dollar more than three times. We maintain the contributions of a generous community and public funding for the people who need it most. But the need in our city is growing, and we must rise to meet it. At this crossroads, it is time for MIFA to secure its future by strengthening its financial and organizational core. There is more work to be done.

We are asking committed donors to join us by making a gift to the MIFA Independence Fund so we will never have to imagine Memphis without MIFA. When you give today, your gift will be multiplied thanks to the generosity of a $5 million challenge grant.

This is a unique opportunity to multiply your giving power. Thank you for your consideration.


Learn More

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The MIFA Independence Fund

We are pleased to recognize those individuals, corporations and foundations giving to A Campaign to Endow Independence for MIFA. By giving to the endowment, these generous supporters are helping secure MIFA for the future—to be flexible, innovative and responsive—as a partner for building a better Memphis.   

Leader ($5,000,000+) 

Visionary ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999) 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Dobbs
Plough Foundation   

Founder ($500,000 - $999,000) 
First Tennessee Community Development Fund 
R. Molitor Ford 
Erin and Ray Schultz   

Benefactor ($250,000 - $499,000) 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craddock 
Susan and John H. Dobbs 
Cindy and Mark Finestone   

Faithful Sustainer ($100,000 - $249,000) 
The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. 
The Canale Foundation 
Glenna Boales Flautt 
Michelle and Arthur Fulmer III 
The Goldsmith Family Foundation 
Helen and Jabie Hardin Charitable Trust 
Hyde Foundation
Rev. Mimsy and Frank Jones 
The Mustang Fund 
Susan and Chuck Smith 
Emily Woodside and William D. Falvey, M.D.  

Steadfast Partner ($50,000 - $99,999) 
Jeanne and Frank Jemison 
Maggie and Milton Lovell 
Allen and Musette Morgan
Catherine and Pat Muscari 
Orgill, Inc. 
Julie and Jim Raines 
Sybil and Don Tucker 
Lynn and Henry Turley 
Billie Anne Williams   

Good Neighbor ($25,000 - $49,999)
Carol and Bert Barnett 
Meg and Scott Crosby 
Sara Dobbs 
Tara and Jeff Engelberg 
Minta and Price Ford 
Anne and Michael Keeney 
Kathy and Scott Ledbetter 
Sylvia G. Marks 
Pam and Fred Montesi 
Anne and John Stokes 
Ashley and Todd Tobias 

Humanitarian  ($5,000 - $24,999) 
Julia W. Allen 
Linda and Ward Archer 
Babs and Jef Feibelman 
Grinder, Taber & Grinder 
Vivian and Ken Jones 
Jane and Ward Mayer 
Margaret and Alec McLean 
Gretchen and Kojo McLennon 
Snow and Henry Morgan 
Jean Norfleet 
Judy Royal 
The Siddiqui Family 
The Sunshine Fund 
Cathy and Mark VanLeit 
Laurel and Russ Williams

Guardian ($1,000 - $4,999)
Rabbi Katie Bauman and Adam Eckstein
Margaret and Bill Craddock
Jason W. Eagle
Dot Gilbertson
Sally and Brad Heinz
Lynn Jones
Estate of Virginia Klettner
Margaret Maiden
Cecil McGee
Patti and Rev. Steve Montgomery
Norma Oliver
Amy and Josh Poag
Becky and Chris Suhoza
Dr. Bianca Sweeten
Peter Tosches
Louise and Blanchard Tual
Rev. Dorothy and Herb Wells


Contact Us

Sally Jones Heinz
Executive Director
(901) 529-4511

Dorothy McClure
Director of Donor Relations
(901) 529-4523


Endowment Committee

Edward Dobbs, co-chair
Julie Raines, co-chair
Deborah Craddock
Mark Finestone
Mimsy Jones
Amy Rolfes Poag
Ashley Tobias
Russ Williams