Mission & History :cityCurrent

Mission & History

Summary

cityCURRENT, powered by Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee. A team of more than 100 partner companies, including some of the largest employers in the world to mid-size and small businesses, have joined forces and funds to host over 150 FREE events each year, along with an array of positive-oriented media and philanthropic initiatives to enrich, engage, and impact the community. The organization has been serving Memphis and the Mid-South since 2005 and has been serving Nashville and Middle Tennessee since April 2018. 

Mission

Power the GOOD (#PowertheGOOD)

Focus

cityCURRENT strategically focuses on THREE things:

Philanthropy and Volunteerism

We align resources and efforts to make a collective impact in the community through financial contributions to nonprofits and turnkey volunteer opportunities that engage companies and individuals of all ages to physically give back.

FREE Public Events 

We make it easy for ALL citizens to come together, learn, and find inspiration by hosting FREE public events that, by design, bring all sides of our community together to foster collaboration.

Positive Media

We produce and share positive stories through an array of broadcast media to inspire individuals and organizations and to spread GOOD news and energy.

Overall, cityCURRENT focuses on serving the community and bringing organizations and individuals together to make a difference. In some capacity, we strive to work with every business, nonprofit, school, civic group, church, government entity, and organization in the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee. We strive to bring everyone together, to provide enrichment events, foster collaboration, and teamwork, champion positives, and empower philanthropy.

Culture

Our DNA is rooted in philanthropy and using our collective resources to power the GOOD. We seek to help and inspire others, to ignite positive change and lift our city and citizens. cityCURRENT is recognized internationally for changing the face of business networking groups by forging a model that's driven by a sense of passion and purpose for collectively impacting the community. Instead of using our resources to grow inward, we focus on giving outward.

Structure

cityCURRENT is comprised of corporate partners, which are all exclusive in their core business categories and come together to underwrite the costs of all events and efforts. The companies contribute each year, which becomes our budget, and then we do as much GOOD with it as possible. This model enables us to invite citizens to participate in a wide variety of FREE events and programs, to focus on philanthropy and helping nonprofits, and also to produce an array of positive-oriented media. The partners function as a team, sharing ideas, resources, and referrals, as well. cityCURRENT does offer partner-only programs and events, as well as the FREE community events, which are open to everyone in the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee.

cityCURRENT keeps in touch with everyone through our 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 invitations, please subscribe to the email newsletter. If you'd like information on becoming a corporate partner, sponsoring or advertising in our shows, or playing a more significant role in our efforts, please email or call us.

History

cityCURRENT 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 helped establish the organization as title sponsor. Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance purchased the rights and took full ownership in 2007, which allowed the organization to change 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 a tremendous evolution to become a community catalyst, we rebranded to become cityCURRENT in 2016. In 2018, cityCURRENT expanded our efforts into Nashville to also focus on making a difference throughout Middle Tennessee. The name cityCURRENT is a call to action for all of us to join together and become the electric current powering GOOD in our cities, states, nation, and the world.

Testimonials

"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
"It is actually hard to put into words the feeling I had meeting and joining with the Memphis 'giving' community at the cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast hosted by Smith & Nephew and in partnership with The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence. 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 that those d
John Hunter, Award-Winning Educator , former guest speaker, and focus of the documentary, "World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements"
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.
David Scully , President, Duncan Williams Asset Management
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