cityCURRENT is a privately-funded catalyst focused on creating moments and media to power the GOOD. A team of partner businesses, comprised of some of the largest employers in the world to mid-size and smaller firms, have joined forces and funds to focus on making a difference through philanthropy and volunteerism, hosting more than 150 FREE events each year, and producing an array of positive-oriented media.
The name cityCURRENT pays homage to to our goals and efforts. It plays off our media and television shows, like The SPARK and The SPARK Awards, inviting you to join with us in being the electric CURRENT powering GOOD in our communities, to be the cityCURRENT. It also refers to the goal of having a CURRENT impact with our philanthropy, events, and media.
As you'll notice in some of the pictures, like below, that feature our original organizaton name, the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, and our old logo, the arrows - denoting two organizations coming together, meeting, and then growing together - were carried forward in our cityCURRENT logo. Those arrows became the electric current powering GOOD in our city. So, both the cityCURRENT name and logo tie in where we've been and where we're headed as an organization working to #PowertheGOOD!
Since our founding in 2005, cityCURRENT has served the community by hosting seminars and workshops, weekly getCONNECTED lunches and panel discussions, bringing in national guest speakers with our Signature Speaker Series, and coordinating a variety of other events to enrich and engage the community. These events are underwritten by our corporate partners, so they are FREE to attend.
We provide easy, turnkey opportunities for organizations and individuals to become more engaged in our community and we strategically leverage our charitable giving and collective resources to make an even greater impact. We host a variety of volunteer days, nonprofit and school tours, and other experiential opportunities to see the GOOD. Recent examples include tutoring after school, mentoring, scrubbing graffiti off of buildings and bridges, washing the feet of thousands of kids and providing them with new shoes and socks, providing a wounded Veteran Hero a mortgage free home, picking up over 90,000 pounds of trash from McKellar Lake and the Mississippi River, spearheading the Fallen Officer Memorial, creating and promoting the Power of the Dollar Campaign ("buy local"), launching a civic pride effort called "Memphis Rocks," and hosting a Film Festival screening and telethon.
One the media side, we produce and host television and radio shows, along with a podcast. We have a weekly newspaper column and two books that focus on achieving success in life and business while helping others in the process; and both books give back to support youth literacy programs. We hire freelance journalists to cover positive stories under the banners of GOODworks and River City Rising. And, we also contribute to national media outlets, like PBS and Forbes. All of our efforts are focused on spotlighting positive news and efforts, lessons learned, tips and ways you can join in the effort and become an even greater force for GOOD. Learn more in our Media Section.
Overall, cityCURRENT has received international recognition for our innovative approach to corporate philanthropy and social entrepreneurialism. We're working hard every day to create a new model and way for organizations and citizens to come together and make a difference; where engagement is FREE, volunteerism is easy, the GOOD is celebrated, and giving back is woven into every event and effort.
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Over the past several years I've been asked more than a handful of times about Duncan Williams Asset Management's involvement in cityCURRENT. My answer is always the same... Renewing our membership is one of the easiest and best decisions that we make each year! I can't say enough how proud we are to continue to be a member of such a great organization doing truly meaningful work here in the Memphis community.
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