The Last Hurrah: The Fourth Kingsbury Elementary Field Trip at the Pink Palace Museum

By Elena Delavega

On April 1st, 2013 the Pink Palace Museum hosted 71 5th grade students and 3 teachers for a “Animal Adaptations” field trip consisting of special lab classes (in formal labs) and hall tours. And on April 29, 2013 we held our last field trip of the year, hosting 60 4th grade students and 5 teachers and chaperones.

The Kingsbury Elementary 4th and 5th grade students received the same field trip focusing on animal adaptations. The students learned about adaptations through presentations on Birds, Bats, and Bugs and a lab class focusing on sharks. As usual, the students were divided into two large groups upon arrival at the museum. Half the students marched downstairs, to the bowels of the museum, where they were further subdivided into two groups for their lab class. The students who remained upstairs were divided into three sub-groups and visited special stations in the permanent exhibits on birds, butterflies, and small mammals.  After lunch, the large groups switched places. Every student had the opportunity to participate in every activity and learn about animal adaptations in many different ways.

In the lab, the students had the opportunity to touch real, albeit dead, sharks. They were surprised at the smell of the solution in which the dead sharks are preserved, but they learned about the different adaptations we can observe in sharks. Students ran their fingers all along the sharks, and noticed that sharks feel smooth from the nose to the tail, but feel rough from the tail to the nose. They learned that this is because sharks have tiny scales on their skin, and the way the scales are laid out helps sharks swim. The children also learned why sharks are dark on top and white on the bottom (this makes them invisible).

In the halls of the museum, the children learned about how different animals have resolved survival problems, such as bats being nocturnal, or butterflies using mimicry or camouflage to hide themselves from predators. The children understood that there are many ways to survive, and that the environment matters very much in defining effective strategies. As always, all presentations were very closely aligned to TCAP objectives. Our main goal was to help these students succeed in school.

The students learned about animal conservation, and the many ways in which science is involved with animals. MSW students participated with glee and demonstrated just how multi-talented and polifacetic social workers are.  Lindsey O’Donnell Bailey, Jeanine Claiborne, Dena Gill, Olivia McMillan, Ashley J Mullen, Maggie Landry, Bridgette OgunMokun, Christy Phelps, Angela Powell, Joy Steorts, and Werner Viser closed the year with a bang, having provided a delightful year for Kingsbury Elementary children.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Seeking Nonprofit Organizations with an International Program

The Governor’s School for International Studies and the University of Memphis Nonprofit Leaders Student Association are partnering to incorporate an understanding of international nonprofit organizations into the learning experience. As part of this year’s program, rising high school juniors and seniors will be working with nonprofit organizations in Memphis to help solve problems in an international context.

The Governor’s School for International Studies (GSIS) provides a four week immersion into the world around us, including global cultures, languages and perspectives. Moreover, the program provides a rigorous introduction to the field of International Studies, including six credit hours of college coursework.

The Nonprofit Student Leaders Association (NLSA) is affiliated with the national Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) to prepare students for a career in the nonprofit sector. Students must complete set coursework and co-curricular standards in order to complete the program and achieve Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) status. 

Do you think you have such a program that would provide these bright students with the opportunity to learn about nonprofit organizations and that would help you expand your own capacity? We are not looking for hands-on volunteer opportunities, but problem-solving experiences. Students will be in groups of 6 – 10 and spend June 21 at your site working through the problem and coming up with recommendations.

 As a general timeline, the students will arrive at your facility about 9:00 AM. They will spend about 60 – 90 minutes with key program leaders to learn about the project and ask questions. Then the students will brainstorm the issue to come up with recommendations. About 3:00 PM key program leaders will be asked back to the room to hear the final recommendations.  Members of the NLSA will facilitate each of the case study projects. Students will bring a bag lunch with them.

If you are interested in applying to be a site for this unique case study experience, please complete the form linked below. You will be contacted in early May to further discuss your potential participation. If you have any questions, please contact Leigh N. Hersey, PhD, at or 901-678-1754.

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Planned Giving Seminar on April 24

Ten Smart Charitable Planning Ideas for 2013

A Continuing Education Seminar for Professional Advisors

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Registration: 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Presentation: 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Location: The Racquet Club of Memphis – 5111 Sanderlin Avenue

Sponsored by:



Planned Giving Council

of Greater Memphis


Kathryn W. Miree, J.D.

President of Kathryn W. Miree & Associates, Inc.

$40 for members of the Planned Giving Council of Greater Memphis

$60 for nonmembers – Registration Fees increase by $20 after April 19, 2013

Space is limited, please register now.

To register:


Sponsors will apply for 2.00 hours CLE (TN, AR, & MS); 2.00 hours CPE: Specialized Knowledge and Applications; 2.00 hours CFP; 2.00 hours CTFA; CEU; and Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and Mississippi Insurance Dept. continuing education credits  

“Ten Smart Charitable Planning Ideas for 2013”

The backdrop for charitable planning keeps changing, with rapidly changing investment markets, low interest rates, changes in income, gift, and estate tax rates, uncertainty about the future of charitable deductions, and a tightening legislative environment. While donors are continuing to give, they are seeking ways to maximize results. How do you identify charitable giving options that best fit the needs of your clients in this rapidly changing environment? The session will address: recent changes in charitable and estate planning laws (and proposals) and how those impact charitable giving; how to talk with donors to articulate their goals and objectives; how to integrate personal estate planning goals with charitable gift options; giving strategies for non-taxable estates; charitable strategies for retirement planning; opportunities for leveraging giving with charitable lead trusts; charitable strategies to care for elderly parents, children, and grandchildren; integrating the sale of a business with a charitable gift; and options in family philanthropy.

Kathryn W. Miree, J.D.

Ms. Miree is President of Kathryn W. Miree & Associates, Inc., and has specialized in the field of charitable gift planning.  She spent 15 years in various positions in the Trust Division of AmSouth Bank where she was the manager of the Personal Trust Department before joining Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. to start its trust company.  She is a past president of the National Committee on Planned Giving, a past president of the Alabama Planned Giving Council, a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham, Inc. and a past member of the Board of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.  Ms. Miree is a frequent lecturer, co-author of The Family Foundation Handbook with Jerry J. McCoy (CCH Publishers) and author of The Professional Advisor’s Guide to Planned Giving (CCH Publishers).  She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Planned Giving Today and Planned Giving Design Center.

Seminar Agenda and Learning Objectives

In this seminar you will: Review the important developments in the federal income, estate and gift tax laws and how those impact charitable giving.  Learn how to help donors to articulate their goals and objectives to integrate these into charitable gift options and giving strategies under the current environment.  

Delivery method: Group-live; Program level:  Basic; Prerequisites:  None required; Advance Preparation:  No advance preparation required; Who should attend? Attorneys; CPAs; financial planners and advisors; trust officers; and nonprofit fundraising and development staff.

Registration fee refunds will be provided if you notify the Community Foundation by Friday, April 19.  In lieu of a refund, we will be happy to provide copies of the course materials.  For more information regarding administrative polices such as complaint or refund, please contact our offices at (901) 728-4600.

   Please register in advance.  Registration will be accepted the day of the seminar only if space is available.  Please register on line:



The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site:

For more information or to check availability, contact Frank Horrell at or (901) 722-0027

Frank B. Horrell, CPA, CFP®

Director of Professional Advisor Development

Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

1900 Union Avenue | Memphis, TN 38104


(901) 722-0027 | (901) 722-0010 (fax)


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We have advised you to seek your own legal and tax advice in connection with gift and planning matters. The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis does not provide legal or tax advice.  The foregoing correspondence was not written or intended to be relied upon, nor can it be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding Federal tax penalties.  This disclaimer is made to comply with Circular 230 issued by the U.S. Treasury Department.


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Home Is Where the Science Is: Kingsbury Elementary Field Trips at the Pink Palace Museum: It’s a Small World at the Pink Palace (No, Really)

By Elena Delavega

As the second-semester round of field trips begins, we are starting to feel very comfortable and getting into the swing of things. Everyone knows where to go, and the children are starting to display behaviors that indicate that while they love and respect the museum, it feels natural. This is not to say they are not in awe of the fabulous exhibits and activities the Pink Palace museum and the Education Department have to offer, but rather, that the museum is a place where it is natural to be, and where great joy and excitement happen in an environment of peace and belonging. We want them to feel that they belong in a museum, that it is a home for them.

On February 22nd, 2013, 89 4th-grade children and 6 teachers came to learn about cells, microscopes, Nano-technology, and measuring. On March 22, 2013, 71 5th graders and 3 teachers received the same field trip. While the field trips of the first semester were very different for the 4th and 5th grades, the trips of the second semester are the same. This is because students must master some of the same objectives according to the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP.

On each field trip, the children were divided into two large groups. One group went downstairs, where the children were further subdivided into two groups and received lab classes that included microscopes and real liver cells! Dena Gil and Lindsey Bailey performed lab assistant duties for both field trips, showing that social work students are capable of ANY job functions.  The second group went upstairs where they learned about the Nano-scale from Christy Phelps and Joy Steorts. After this lesson, this group was subdivided into two smaller groups. Bridgette OgunMokun explained the nano-structures in Blue-Morpho butterflies, while Werner Viser showed the students the amazing properties of nickel-titanium alloys. After lunch, the children who had received lab classes went upstairs, and the children who had not had the opportunity to explore microscopes went downstairs to the labs. Photographer extraordinaire Maggie Landry took over 160 pictures each time.

The 4th grade children were accompanied by a substitute teacher, which gave us the opportunity to explore what a different observer may see vis-à-vis our field trip program. She was very impressed with the work we do, and clearly interested in all the activities. She said that she had no idea that she would get to participate in such an experience when she became a substitute, and she was amazed at the children’s behavior and interest.

Because these tours took place on Fridays (not our usual tour day because Fridays tend to be rather crowded at the museum), we had the opportunity to observe the interest our project generated among other visitors. A group of high-school teens from another low-income urban school were at the museum on February 22nd. They stopped by our touch-cart tables to observe the presentations with great curiosity; these kids, for whom the presentations had not been developed were so interested that they joined the circle and listened intently for a long time, showing the power of our program to attract interest of even older teenagers.

In talking to various teachers and students over the course of this project, I have learned that it is the structured components that they like the best. The fact that we have associated the activities with TCAP objectives and that we have made a concerted effort to match the activities to what is happening in the classroom concurrently is a great benefit to students and teachers. Alex Eilers and Emi McFarlen have done an extraordinary job of fine-tuning the museum presentations so they will be perfectly consistent with learning objectives and classroom events. And fun!

As usual, we had no chaperones for either field trip. This is a pattern that we have observed very consistently throughout the year. Parents do not show up. This may be the result of lack of time due to employment, an issue of lack of transportation, or some other as of yet unidentified barrier. Why are the parents missing out on a fabulous experience that has absolutely no cost to them? Is it the fact that they not speak English and fear they would feel out of place? This is an interesting and tantalizing idea because if we can help the children feel at home at the museum where they very rightly belong, then we may be breaking through some of the most pernicious elements in the inter-generational transmission of poverty.  We will have to conduct parent interviews to explore this question.


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Youth in Philanthropy Nominations being accepted

AFP Memphis is accepting nominations for the Youth in Philanthropy Award. This award is presented to an outstanding junior high, high school, or college age individual or group that has demonstrated outstanding service to the community through fundraising and/or volunteerism. The recipient serves as a leadership role model for other youth in Memphis, promoting philanthropy and encouraging community involvement among young people. Nominations are due March 29. Winners will be recognized at their school by the end of the school year, and again at the Crystal Awards Luncheon on November 15. The nomination form is on page 6 of the attached newsletter.

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New webinar, “How to Start a Nonprofit,” presented by the Philanthropy Journal on March 19, 2013. Fee = $30

Philanthropy Journal has announced its first live, interactive webinar of 2013: “How to Start a Nonprofit – A Step by Step Guide” on March 19. It will be led by Raleigh attorney Marty Martin, whose practice focuses on providing legal and training services related to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

Starting an exempt nonprofit organization requires compliance with IRS and state legal requirements and key organizational planning considerations for a founder.

During the webinar, Martin will explain how embedded in relevant documents and application processes are legal operating constraints generally unknown to someone interested in starting an exempt nonprofit organization.

The webinar will cover required legal documents including Articles of Incorporation; IRS 990 form; IRS 1023 application; state tax requirements; and charitable solicitation license.  Incorporated in this discussion will be planning tips; distinctions between nonprofit and exempt organizations; and legal operating requirements to maintain the exempt status.

Participants will be able to submit questions for response during the program. At the end of the webinar, they will have a broad outline of what is needed to start and operate a nonprofit successfully.

Register now to register for live event, which will be streamed online from 1:00 – 2:30 CST (2-3:30 p.m. EST) on March 19. The fee is $30. If you cannot join us live, the webinar will be available for later download for viewing at your convenience. Please share this invitation with others in the sector who may benefit from this program.

Click here to register.


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Awesome Adventures in Learning: Monday Training for Pink Palace

By Lindsey Bailey, MSW Student

Although the Pink Palace volunteer opportunity has been open to students since the beginning of last semester, I did not get involved until this semester. I have always loved working with children, and this opportunity to actively engage with the children of Kingsbury Elementary is truly invaluable. Upon arriving at the Pink Palace, all the volunteers signed in and were led to the discovery room where our training took place for the upcoming field trip for the 4th graders. For this particular field trip, we were trained on cells and microscopes. The Pink Palace field trip coordinators have spent an insurmountable amount of time putting fun and engaging activities together for the kids at Kingsbury Elementary. In particular, we will be engaging in fun activities for the kids to do, such as examining nano-sized scales on butterfly wings and measuring the kids’ height in nanometers. All of the volunteers were intrigued by the metal spring activity where the instructor stretched out the wire spring to its fullest capacity and then proceeded to use a hair dryer on the spring. To our surprise, by heating the metal spring, it shrunk back to its original form. I look forward to the upcoming field trip that will take place with the 5th graders group on Friday February 22. The Animal Adaptations training and field trip will be the next field trip topic taking place with the 4th and 5th graders in the following weeks through April.

Training for Cells and Microscopes took place on Monday, February 11, 2013, from 5 to 6:30 pm. In attendance were (in first-name alphabetical order): Bridgette OgunMokun, Christy Phelps, Jeannine Claiborne, Joy Steorts, Maggie Landry, Olivia McMillan, Werner Viser, and the author, Lindsey Bailey. Long-time volunteer docent Dena Gil attended a separate training. Emi McFarlen, Manager of Public and Special Programs at the Pink Palace Museum, conducted the training.


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