The Urban Alliance is proud and blessed to be able to work in concert with a wide variety of partners to build strategic bridges between the needs and resources of urban Knoxville and the needs and resources of Johnson University.

Emerald Youth Foundation is a Christian, urban youth ministry that serves more than 1,400 urban children, teens and young adults each year. Their ministry is implemented through a network of more than 15 churches and faith-based organizations in five youth and community zones. Their desire is to raise up a large number of urban youth to love Jesus Christ and become effective leaders who help renew their communities.

The Knoxville Leadership Foundation brings together people from all walks of life to address the needs of our city. They target five specific areas of need: homes for the working poor, home repair for those who can’t afford it, help for non-profit groups, mentoring for children with parents in prison, and KnoxWorx, a workforce development program to prepare teens and adults for their careers

The ultimate aim of Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians, primarily by helping to strengthen their congregations. To that end, our religion grantmaking in recent years has consisted largely of a series of major, interlocking initiatives aimed at enhancing and sustaining the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.