The Memphis Leadership Foundation seeks to transform lives and communities in Memphis focusing on three core areas:

Incubating ministries and programs including Streets Ministries, SOS, MAM and Christ Community Health Services.

Training and empowering urban, grassroots leaders.

Providing back office services to our nonprofit partners.


Who We Are

Who We Are

The Memphis Leadership Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-denominational outreach ministry, empowers urban under-resourced men, women, and children through creative, effective, and innovative ministry and leadership. We seek to proclaim the whole gospel to the whole city through the empowerment of leaders and the development of ministries and programs that focus on the needs of under-resourced people and communities. Additionally, we collaborate with other nonprofit partners in our community by offering back office services.

We are the largest member of the global network of Local Leadership Foundations (LLFs), organizations like us working to transform the cities in which we operate.



We are committed to mobilizing churches and nonprofit organizations to maximize their impact in this area. Having birthed a number of youth serving ministries, we also operate a number of ministries that target what many term “at risk youth”. All these ministries are holistic, sharing the gospel, providing academic enrichment, college readiness or character development.


Many of the ministries that we have birthed or come alongside over the years are education based. We believe that learning is fundamental, so we strive to build programs and ministries that supply quality education and promote healthy learning. These programs and ministries include tutoring, after-school programs, reading programs, readiness programs, and much more.

Economic & Community Development

Give someone a fish and they eat for a day…teach them to fish and they eat for a lifetime. This has been a mantra of our’s from the beginning. We support and encourage ministry in our city that provides opportunities to unemployed and underemployed men and women. In this way, not only can they provide for their families but also become a blessing to our communities.


Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing is important to the well being of families. Through our housing efforts partnering with Neighborhood Housing Opportunities and Neighborhood Housing Management, we have helped create one of the area’s most prolific housing ministries.


Leadership Development

As our name indicates, we are all about developing, encouraging, equipping and launching leaders, church and ministry leaders, as well as high schoolers who will become future leaders in our city. We offer programs in resource development, leadership and management, a college scholarship program and our affiliates target biblical education and generous giving.