Mission & History :cityCurrent

Mission & History

Summary

cityCURRENT, powered by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, is a privately-funded catalyst, comprised of a team of 75+ partner businesses that have come together to host more than 150 free events each year, along with an array of media and philanthropic initiatives to enrich, engage, and impact the community. The organization has been serving the Mid-South since 2005.

Mission

#PowertheGOOD

Focus

Strategically, the cityCURRENT is focused on THREE things:

Philanthropy and Volunteerism

Aligning resources and efforts to make a collective impact in the community through financial contributions to nonprofits and turnkey volunteer opportunities for companies and individuals of all ages.

 
FREE Public Events 

Making it easy for ALL citizens to become more inspired and engaged by offering FREE public events that enrich and give back while also intently focusing on bringing all sides of our community together to foster collaboration.

 
Positive Media

Producing and sharing positive stories through an array of broadcast media in order to inspire citizens and spread GOOD news and energy.

cityCURRENT is intently focused on serving the community and bringing organizations and citizens together to make a difference. In some capacity, we work with just about every business, nonprofit, school, civic group, church, government body, and organization in the Mid-South and Memphis, Tennessee area. We strive to bring everyone together in order to provide enrichment events, foster collaboration and teamwork, champion positives, and empower giving back.

Culture

Our foundation is rooted in weaving philanthropy and collective impact into the normal routine, so that giving back and helping others becomes the very fabric of our daily efforts. cityCURRENT has been internationally recognized for changing the model of business networking groups by re-inventing the template and showcasing the real power of corporate philanthropy where businesses can come together with a higher purpose of impacting the community.

By engaging people in “plug-and-play” opportunities to personally grow, build stronger relationships, and give back in the process, cityCURRENT has been able to build a strong network of over 50,000 business and community leaders who contribute to various efforts.

Structure

cityCURRENT is comprised of various corporate partners, which are all exclusive in their core business categories and come together to underwrite the costs of all events and efforts. This way, cityCURRENT can invite Mid-South citizens to participate in a wide variety of FREE events and programs. The partners also function as a brain trust for each other, sharing ideas, and teammates, sharing resources, while serving as a referral source for each other, as well. Thus, cityCURRENT offers both partner-only programs and events, as well as the FREE community events, which are open to everyone in the Mid-South.

cityCURRENT keeps in touch with everyone through a free email newsletter, beCONNECTED, which shares upcoming cityCURRENT events that are open to the community, positive news and updates, job postings, nonprofit events, and much more. If you'd like to receive updates and special invitations, please subscribe to the email newsletter. If you'd like more information on possibly becoming a corporate partner and playing a larger role in our efforts, please email or call us.

History

cityCURRENT was launched in Memphis in 2005, as a part of a franchise agreement under the original organization name, the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club. Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC helped found the organization as title sponsor. Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, LLC purchased the rights and took ownership in 2007, which allowed the organization to re-invent the model and turn it into what you know and see today. After 11 years of being known as the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, and after such a tremendous evolution to become a community catalyst hosting over 150 free events each year and an array of media and philanthropic initiatives, the organization rebranded to become cityCURRENT in 2016. The name cityCURRENT is now a call to action for all of us to #PowertheGOOD and to become the electric current that energizes and lights up our community.

Testimonials

"It is actually hard to put into words the feeling I had meeting and joining with the Memphis 'giving' community at the LPBC Signature Breakfast hosted by Smith & Nephew and in partnership with The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence in August, 2014. To see living embodiments of real and true compassion and caring for others, all gathered in one place gave me some sense of the astounding range, depth and sustained good works the business community in Memphis is doing. It was clear to me
John Hunter, Award-Winning Educator , former guest speaker, and focus of the documentary, "World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements"
Thank you for taking the time to teach me some new ideas about storytelling in the digital world! I am excited to implement your tips and best practices. Thank you for all you do to support local nonprofits and their good words by providing this valuable training.
Glenda Gurley , Maddox Foundation
"It was very revealing. I had no idea of the broad range of community outreach initiatives involved by the sponsoring members. This is the most positive movement that I have seen in Memphis in a long time and is surely needed. I really enjoyed my visit."
Bill Morris , Former Memphis Mayor
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