Baptist Gives Back Through Community Outreach

Baptist Memorial Health Care believes strongly in corporate citizenship the importance of collaboration with local organizations to build stronger and healthier communities. To ensure our efforts have the greatest impact, we contribute strategic in-kind and financial contributions to causes and community health needs for which we have considerable expertise and where we can make a difference. We also conduct Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to ensure our initiatives, activities and partnerships are aligned with the needs of our region.

Based on our mission and community assessments, we are most likely to provide contributions and support in the following areas:

Health and Human Services

We provide high-quality health care services to areas of the community with the greatest need and the least access to health care through

  • Partnerships with nonprofit and charitable organizations that provide health care services and education to underserved populations
  • Programs that focus on education and prevention of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, obesity, chronic disease management, maternal/prenatal care and children’s health
  • Mental health and substance abuse

Education

We support excellence in health care training and education through programs that

  • Focus on math, science and health-care related subjects
  • Encourage students to pursue medicine, nursing and other allied health careers

Giving Guidelines

Baptist makes contributions to IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organizations. We also support programs that add value to the scope of services offered by nonprofit organizations. We typically do not support operating costs or capital campaigns and give preference to organizations that have a broad base of funding sources.

Baptist does not fund:

  • Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) status
  • Individuals
  • Religious institutions, unless the request is to support a health care initiative that is open to the whole community
  • Organizations with a limited constituency, such as fraternal or labor groups
  • Travel by groups or individuals
  • National conferences, sports events and other one-time, short-term events
  • Sponsorships that only provide marketing and/or advertising benefits
  • Courtesy advertising in journals or newsletters
  • Anti-business groups
  • Team sponsorships or athletic scholarships

How To Apply For A Charitable Contribution

Organizations that wish to submit a request for charitable contributions should first ensure that their requests align with our giving guidelines. They can then apply online between Jan. 1 and May 31. Applicants will be notified if their requests are approved after Sept. 1. Contributions will be awarded after Oct.1.

Baptist will consider requests from charitable, non-profit organizations* that meet the following criteria:

  • The organization and/or event's purpose fits within the Baptist defined focus areas of health care and/or education.
  • The organization provides proof of qualifying non-profit status, including tax-exempt determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • The organization and/or event is in the community served by the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation affiliated hospitals.
  • The organization and/or event is open to membership and participation by the community without discrimination based on race, color, sex, age, disability or national origin.

All requests for contributions should include the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the organization
  • Contact person and title
  • Background information, including history and purpose of the organization
  • Copy of the IRS exemption letter verifying 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Latest audited financial report or a financial statement
  • Current operating budget and sources of income
  • List of names and professional affiliations of the board of directors and trustees
  • Purpose and objectives of the program
  • Needs being addressed
  • Plan of action and timeframe
  • Qualifications of program's staff
  • Total funding required and projected resources
  • The amount requested
  • How the program's success will be determined/measured
  • Description of population to be served
  • Plans to recognize Baptist's support
  • Proposals funded in any one year are not assured of future funding. If renewed funding is desired, the organization should submit documentation of outcomes and a new request the following year.

How To Request In-Kind Contributions

Baptist contributes in-kind gifts—goods or services instead of monetary contributions—to nonprofit organizations through programs, seminars, health fairs, board participation, events, employee engagement and other avenues. Requests for in-kind gifts must meet our giving guidelines and should be submitted online at least eight (8) weeks prior to the event/need by date.

Examples of in-kind giving include the following:

  • Meeting space
  • Programs
  • Speakers
  • Health screenings
  • Other services

All requests for in-kind donations should include the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the organization
  • Contact person and title
  • Background information, including history and purpose of the organization
  • Copy of the IRS exemption letter verifying 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Latest audited financial report or a financial statement
  • Current operating budget and sources of income
  • List of names and professional affiliations of the board of directors and trustees
  • Purpose and objectives of the program
  • Needs being addressed
  • Plan of action and timeframe
  • Qualifications of program's staff
  • Service or resources needed
  • How the project's success will be determined/measured
  • Description of population to be served
  • Plans to recognize Baptist's support

*Non-charitable requests will also be considered and judged based on marketing and advertising merit.

Contact us for more information

Baptist Memorial Health Care
Community Relations Department 

350 North Humphreys Boulevard 
Memphis, TN 38120

901-227-3531

community.involvement@bmhcc.org