Baptist Gives Back Through Community Outreach

Baptist Memorial Health Care believes strongly in corporate citizenship and recognize the importance of collaboration with local organizations to build stronger and healthier communities. Every year, Baptist contributes and provides in-kind services to hundreds of nonprofit organizations through programs, seminars, health fairs, board participation, events, employee engagement and more. To guide our community health improvement efforts, we implemented a system-wide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

Aligning resources with the CHNA findings, help ensure that our initiatives, activities and partnerships meet the needs of our communities. 

Giving Guidelines

Baptist prides itself on giving back to its communities in a variety of ways, especially through

  • Health Care Delivery and Prevention
  • Education

For organizations interested in charitable contributions, in-kind donations, and free health screenings, application information and guidelines can be found below.

Philanthropy Programs

Baptist understands that the success of society rests on the good health of its people. We also recognize that we are in the unique position to help impact that success by improving the health of the communities in which we operate. To do so, we have decided to dedicate our resources to those causes/issues in which we have considerable expertise and where we can make a difference.

The following guidelines outline the programs that Baptist is most likely to support. They all focus, at some level, on improving the health and welfare of people in the Mid-South communities that our hospitals serve.

Health and Human Services Donations

The health and well-being of citizens is a vital concern for Baptist. We are specifically concerned with providing high quality health care services to the areas of the community with the greatest need and the least access to health care. For this reason, the majority of our funding is allocated to:

  • Partnerships with community-based organizations that provide health care services and education to those with the greatest need.
  • Programs that focus on education/prevention of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes and obesity and other issues identified through our community health needs assessment that affect the health of our communities.
  • Behavioral health to include mental health and substance abuse, cancer, chronic disease management and prevention and maternal & child health with a focus on prenatal care.

Education Program Funding

We value sound education and excellence in the areas of math, science and health care. More specifically, we support programs that:

  • Focus on math, science and health care related subjects.
  • Encourage students, especially men and minorities, to pursue nursing and other health related areas as their career of choice.

Community Initiatives

Although arts and culture and civic initiatives are not our primary areas of focus, Baptist does recognize that our communities have a wealth of needs beyond health care. As such, we will make a limited number of grants in these areas.

Grant Eligibility

Baptist awards grants to organizations that have been approved by the IRS as 501(c)(3) charities and government institutions, such as schools and libraries.

We target our support to specific projects or programs that add value to the scope of services offered by an organization. Our grants are seldom used to support operating costs or capital campaigns. Preference is also given to organizations that have a broad base of funders.

Funding Restrictions

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation does not fund:

  • Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt 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, labor or veteran's groups.
  • Travel by groups or individuals.
  • National conferences, sports events and other one-time, short-term events.
  • Sponsorships that provide marketing and/or advertising benefits.
  • Courtesy advertising in journals or newsletters.
  • Anti-business groups.
  • Team sponsorships or athletic scholarships.

Grant and Donation Application Procedures

Charitable Contribution Requests

Accepted January 1–May 31, 2017 for Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017–September 30, 2018)

In-Kind Requests

Accepted year round (must be 8 weeks in advance of event/program).

Organizations wishing to be considered for charitable contributions, in-kind donations must review our giving guidelines and apply online.

You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the organization.
  • Contact person and title.
  • Background information including history and purpose of the charity.
  • 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 board of directors and trustees (where available).

Proposals should include the following information regarding the particular program for which funding is being sought:

  • Purpose and objectives of the program.
  • Needs being addressed.
  • Plan of action and time frame.
  • Qualifications of program's staff.
  • Total funding required and projected resources.
  • The amount requested.
  • How the project's success will be determined/measured.
  • Description of population to be served.
  • Recognition of Baptist's support.

Applications are accepted as noted above. Notifications for support of in-kind requests will be on-going. Charitable contribution decisions will be made and awarded in the fall.

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 additional requests the following year.

In-Kind Contributions

Not every form of giving back involves monetary contributions. In-kind gifts are contributions of goods or services instead of monetary gifts. In regards to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, in-kind contributions may include the following:

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

Policies & Procedures for Requesting for Contributions

External Requests

All requests must be submitted online and be made at least eight (8) weeks prior to the event/needed by date.

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 area of:
  • Health care: education/prevention of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity; health care services/education and access for those with the greatest need as identified in our CHNA.
  • Education: programs that focus on math, science and/or health care related subjects; programs that encourage students (especially men and minorities) to pursue nursing and other health care related careers.
  • 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.
  • Request is submitted at least eight (8) weeks in advance of date items are needed.

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


Although requests for in-kind contributions from non-profit organizations are evaluated on individual merit, contributions typically are not provided for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Political organizations or causes
  • Athletic teams
  • Family reunions
  • Beauty contest candidates
  • Churches/religious organizations or programs that don't meet our focus area criteria
  • Schools outside of the Baptist school partnership program
  • Convention registration packages

How to Request an In-Kind Contribution

It takes a community of volunteers, advocates and selfless individuals to truly give back and make a difference. We can't do what we do without help from community members like you. Learn more about our community outreach efforts and donate today.

Contact us for more information

Baptist Memorial Health Care
Community Relations Department 

350 North Humphreys Boulevard 
Memphis, TN 38120