The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation
The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation* (EPCF) was formed by Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in 1984 to continue Elvis' own tradition of generosity and community service and to honor his memory. The EPCF is overseen by Lisa Marie Presley, chairperson, and the management team of Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation is a separate, purely philanthropic 501(c)3 charitable organization. Lisa and the staff operate the foundation in addition to their regular responsibilities and the company underwrites all the EPCF’s administrative expenses. Therefore, all the EPCF's funds are used for charitable donations, with nothing deducted for staffing or any other costs of operating the foundation.
The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation receives a portion of the overall business income of Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, with additional funding from the company’s royalties on specially licensed products and from special benefit events the company stages. A meaningful amount of the EPCF’s funding also comes from donations made by Elvis fan clubs and individual Elvis fans and admirers from around the world.
The EPCF’s primary commitment has been to fund the building and operational costs of Presley Place
. As part of the outstanding Estival Communities program created and managed by the Metropolitan Inter-faith Association (MIFA) in Memphis, Presley Place provides homeless families a up to one year of rent-free housing, child day care, career and financial counseling, family management guidance and other tools to help them break the cycle of poverty and regain self-esteem and independence. Also funded by the EPCF is the Elvis Presley Music Room, where the youngsters of Presley Place and other Estival properties may enjoy access to musical instruments and instruction and participate in special related programs. Presley Place opened to its first residents in July 2001.
The EPCF created the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Communication & Fine Arts at the University of Memphis to assist students majoring in areas that relate to Elvis' own career: music, film, television, theater, etc. The EPCF also has a long-standing relationship with one of Elvis' favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families. The EPCF has also quietly assisted numerous other charities through the years, especially focusing on arts, education and children's programs
*The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation was first known as the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation. In 1999 its name was changed to clarify its identity and purpose.