Forrest Spence Fund
PO Box 770478
Contact Information
Address PO Box 770478
MEMPHIS , TN 38177
Telephone 901 3130012
Mission Statement

The mission of the Forrest Spence Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South.

Empathy. Understanding. Hope.

Web and Social Media
Volunteers from our monthly Family Dinner at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital serving patients and their families.
Other ways to Donate, Support, or Volunteer

Ways to volunteer for the Forrest Spence Fund include the following:

· Collect gifts for our Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

· Wrap gifts for our Annual Christmas Toy Drive.

· Serve on a Forrest Spence 5k race committee.

· Participate in the Forrest Spence 5k Race on August 27, 2016.

· Serve monthly at our FSF Family Dinner at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.

Other Ways to Get Involved:

While these essential volunteers provide the backbone of the Fund, creativity is the key if you have the desire to help but cannot serve at any of the above. Here are just a few ideas to get your ideas flowing!

· Create or purchase centerpieces or decorations for the monthly Le Bonheur Family Dinners. We use about 10 tables each time.

· Have a children’s book drive.

· Prepare a children’s craft for children at our monthly Family Dinner.

· Collect family appropriate magazines for care bags.

· Provide small items for the monthly Unit Adoption Program to honor Le Bonheur of the staff.

· Make baby blankets.

· At your next family or friend gathering, have each guest bring an item for a family care bag from the list. You can assign a specific item to each person or choose 1 particular item and ask all guests to bring that item.


Forrest Spence 5k

August 27, 2016 at Memphis Botanic Garden

Christmas Toy Drive

December 2016

Donate new toys to the Forrest Spence Fund and help children who are hospitalized over the holidays have a wonderful Christmas. We plan to collect over 1200 toys for children in Mid South hospitals.

No Show Ball

February 2017

On the day of the No Show Ball the event comes to you in the form of a dinner in a cooler bag dropped off at your front door. The contents inside the cooler will include a casserole, salad, dessert, and bottle of wine.

2nd Annual Spring for Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction

April 2017 - Memphis Botanic Garden

CEO/Executive Director Brittany Spence
Board Chair Dr. David Spence
Board Chair Company Affiliation Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2009
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $266,000.00
Projected Expenses $220,180.00

The mission of the Forrest Spence Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South.

Empathy. Understanding. Hope.


The Forrest Spence Fund begins with the story of Brittany and David Spence's first child, Robert Forrest Spence, born on September 10, 2007. Shortly after birth Forrest developed complications and was transported to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he fought valiantly for life for 55 days before his illness overtook him. While in the PICU, Forrest and his family underwent an indescribable journey of highs and lows. Amidst the daily struggles, the Spences were met with a compassion and love that gave them hope and helped them survive the most difficult journey of their lives. It was in these times that they tasted deeply of the kindness of friends and perfect strangers. It was often that kindness that sustained them, as they grew weary.

In light of this experience, the Forrest Spence Fund was founded in 2007 to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South.

The Spences view this as a way for them and for others to support families dealing with similar difficult situations and to give back to regional children's hospitals like Le Bonheur, where the amazing medical staff fought for Forrest and continues to fight for thousands of other children each year.


In 2009, the organization received its charter from the state of Tennessee and became a federally recognized 501(c)3 not-for-profit. Since that time, the Forrest Spence Fund has continued to grow and expand its work across the Mid-South, touching the lives of many.


The work of the Fund can be divided into 4 categories. (1) Individual and Family needs, meeting specific needs of children and their families as they battle illness and its impact on their lives, (2) Institutional Support, helping organizations like Le Bonheur provide family-centered care, (3) Counseling, connecting families with counselors who can help them through the difficulty of facing critical or chronic illness, especially those that have lost children, (4) Financial Grants, awarding families up to $5,000 in need-based grants.

Each year thousands of families across the region are confronted with the challenge of childhood illness, leaving a profound impact. With your help and the help of others, our organization will continue to come alongside these families in a time of need and often desperation, and support them, love them, and guide them through their journey.



This year the Forrest Spence Fund experienced tremendous growth in each of its programs: individual patient/family support, institutional support, counseling, and financial grant awards. The number of patients and their families who received support has grown significantly as area hospitals have become more aware of the broad areas of need that we are able to address. In addition, our Family Dinners have served over 3250 meals to families, as each month 35 volunteers invite hospitalized families at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to enjoy a freshly prepared meal and evening away from the hospital room as a quick diversion from their difficult journey. The Forrest Sibling Room, which provides care and support for siblings of hospitalized children, has been moved to a more prominent space at Le Bonheur and has seen an increase in utilization. In addition, the number of families receiving counseling or financial grants doubled from 2015, and has included families from numerous cities across the region.

In order to accommodate the growth, the annual Spring for Forrest auction and dinner raised over $83,000. Our No Show Ball delivered dinner to the door of patrons and contributed over $20,000 to our operating budget.

In 2016, we will continue to focus on growing organizationally as well as extending our services to the growing number of families in need. Our implementation of a new database system, updating our strategic plan, and expanding our board will continue our commitment to helping hospitalized children and their families. To that end, a new program, 40 Week Celebration Bags, will support families and Le Bonheur with developmental toys for premature babies reaching the 40 week mark. This program developed as a response to requests by child life specialists in the NICU.

As always, the Forrest Spence Fund remains committed to traveling the difficult road with families through individualized care and support.


The Forrest Spence Fund serves each family in a unique way often encompassing several of our services.  As a growing organization, our ability to track data occupies our top priority.  This year the implementation of a database will occur allowing us to view all information in one place and maximize administration efforts.  Similarly, an additional 10 hours of administrative support each week is needed ($9,000) for new projects.  This infrastructure maintenance will also allow us to expand existing programs.  Currently, our counseling and grant programs cannot serve the amount of families requesting our assistance.  We would like to increase our counseling budget by $6500 and our grant program by $20,000 allowing at least 15 families to benefit from these programs.  With a 56% increase in impact point from 2013 to 2014, the need for volunteers become essential.  We hope to add 50 new volunteers to our volunteer driven organization.

Forrest Spence Fund Needs 2016:

1.       Implementation of database

2.      Administrative support-10 hours weekly, $9,000

3.       Counseling budget increase- $5,000

4.       FSF Grant Program budget increase- $20,000

5.       Volunteers- 50 new

Areas of Service
Areas Served

The Forrest Spence Fund extends its services to any child in the Mid-South.  This medical community provides care within a 150 mile catchment area including the western third of Tennessee and Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and the bootheel of Missouri.  Our populations include over 50% African American children and an increasing Hispanic population.  We also treat children, as does St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, from areas of the United States and other countries for specialty care.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. David Spence
Company Affiliation Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics
Term Sept 2007 to Sept 2027
Board of Directors
Board Members
William Martin Bondurant Futures, Inc.
Gregg Smith Granular, Inc.
Dr. David Spence Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics
Brittany Spence Forrest Spence Fund Executive Director
Richard Vining WiseHeart Foundation
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 25
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive Director
Executive Director Brittany Spence
Experience Brittany is Forrest's mother and largest advocate of the Forrest Spence Fund.  Her experience comes from beginning the Parent Mentoring Program at Le Bonheur in conjunction with the Family Partners Council.  More than anything, she knows the difficulty of walking the road of childhood critical illness and desires for the Fund to stand in the gap for families of the Mid-South.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 450
Contractors 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

The Fund strives to identify specific needs of families with critically or chronically ill children. As an introduction, we supply patients and families with care bags that include helpful supplies for their stay in the hospital. These bags provide comforting items that are necessary during their stay; acknowledging this difficult time and availing us as a resource. Each bag includes information about our Fund and establishes the beginning of a relationship with the family.


For those families that contact us or establish a relationship with us, we look for ways to support them in the hospital or at home, based on their unique situation.  A few examples are:


Christmas gifts

Monthly Family Dinners in the hospital

Gas cards for the long drive to and from the hospital

Meal vouchers for the hospital cafeteria

Purchase of cribs, car seats, and other necessities for the child

Covering the cost of a phone or electricity bill

Medical transportation

Mortgage/rent coverage


House Cleaning


Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

The second focus of the Fund is to work with area institutions such as Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to recognize and meet non-medical needs. Over the years the Fund was able to purchase the following items for Le Bonheur:


Fully fund the Forrest Sibling Playroom with toys and furniture

Monthly dinners for family and friends of patients who are admitted at Le Bonheur

Medical-grade recliner for the Mothers Nursing Room

Magazine subscriptions for the Mothers Nursing Room

Medical wagon for transportation of children

Hands-free pumping bras for nursing mothers

Boppys for Neonatal Intensive Care babies

Kodak digital camera with printing dock

1000 tote bags, notebooks, and Lovies for newly admitted babies

2000 coolers for nursing mothers to transport their breastmilk home safely

Microwave for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Fund also provides items off the wish lists of Units and Floors in the hospital such as:


Crib mobiles

CD players

DVD players







Crib mirrors

Sound machines

Night lights


Stuffed animals

Goodies and treats for the Le Bonheur staff





Population Served Adults

The illness and loss of a child is one of the most difficult things a parent or a family can experience.  One of the goals of the Forrest Spence Fund is to connect families with counseling and support groups.  If a family loses a child, we refer them to professional Christian counseling and pay 100% of the cost.  We are working together with the Christian Psychological Center in Memphis to make sure that families receive the emotional care that they need.  We will help families find a counseling center if they are from outside the Memphis area.  The counselors help families in dealing with the stages of grief, coping with the loss, and the impact of the death on their family.  This is such an important step in healing for the families in our community.

Population Served Families

The FSF Grant program provides financial grants to families with children suffering from critical or chronic illness and are able to demonstrate need. These grant range from $500 to $5000 per family.  For more information, including rules and eligibility and an application, please email us at or send a written request to:


P.O. Box 770478

Memphis, TN 38177

Population Served Families

The Forrest Spence 5K happens in August. Our family-oriented race raises over $103,000 with more than 1,300 participants and utilizing 150 volunteers.  Please join us Saturday, August 27th at Memphis Botanic Garden.  To register, visit

The Spring For Forrest Cocktail Party and Auction generated $83,251.33 in April 2016.

New this year, the No Show Ball consisted of a cooler containing dinner and a bottle of wine delivered to your front door. The success of this event in February 2016 enabled the Forrest Spence Fund to begin a new program, the 40 week Celebration Bags.


Population Served Families
Budget $30,000.00
Short Term Success

August 29th was a beautiful day in Memphis. Volunteers arrived in the early morning hours.  Overton Park was ready for our 1350+ guests, with 100 additional walk-ups. Over $100,000 was raised to benefit hurting families in our community!

The same people come back year after year, and encourage their friends, family and co-workers to attend as well, contributing to the steady growth we see annually in numbers. In the team category Christ Methodist Day School was given the top honor with 94 participants.

Long Term Success

In the 8 years of the Forrest Spence 5k, the race has increased in revenue and racers each year. As stated previously, the majority of our operating budget originates from the proceeds of the race. Because of the race success, we can fund additional grants, counseling and assist more families each year.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $266,000.00
Projected Expenses $220,180.00
Endowment Value $350,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 5
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$89,944----
Administration Expense$0----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.13----
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$311,552----
Current Assets$107,386----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$311,552----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
Forrest Spence Fund Charitable Solicitation Letter 2015View
Forrest Spence Fund Charitable Solicitation Letter 2016View
Address PO Box 770478
MEMPHIS , TN 38177
Primary Phone 901 3130012
CEO/Executive Director Brittany Spence
Board Chair Dr. David Spence
Board Chair Company Affiliation Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics


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