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  • It's time to payback our nonprofits.

    It's time to payback our nonprofits.

    The Big Payback is coming May 6, 2014.

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    Every day, people choose The Community Foundation to make an impact in our community.

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The Big Payback is coming May 6!

Nonprofits play an essential role across the region – in health, arts, environment, education and social services. In today’s economic environment, these organizations need to accomplish much more with much less.

To celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and “payback” the work of nonprofits, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee came up with something “big.”

The Big Payback, presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a region-wide, 24-hour online giving event created to help nonprofits raise funds vital to continue their work, which directly improves the community around them.

From 6 a.m. on May 6 until 6 a.m. on May 7, anyone can visit TheBigPayback.org and make donations to their choice of participating nonprofits, including schools and churches, that serve the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

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Gail Kerr’s House the Homeless Fund

Before her death, Gail had the opportunity to learn and write about Nashville’s homeless problem. In particular, she was impressed with a multi-organizational effort to help people get into an apartment by addressing the specific needs that led them to the streets.

This included not only the resources to secure housing, but dealing with practical issues – like filing the proper paperwork and transportation – that often keep people from accessing the help they need. It was Gail’s vision to raise funds to support these programs and get Nashville’s homeless off the street, one at a time.

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Planned Giving Can Achieve Multiple Goals, Do Good Forever

How do you want your community to benefit after your lifetime? What are the causes you care about most and want to continue supporting in perpetuity?

There are a variety of ways you can make a planned gift and create a legacy through The Community Foundation. We work with you to learn about your charitable goals and offer suggestions for how those goals can be realized.

Planned giving through The Community Foundation allows you to establish a charitable legacy, while also providing you with significant financial and tax benefits.

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Stacy London Announced as Keynote Speaker at 16th Annual Power of the Purse®

Stacy London will address the 16th annual Power of the Purse® Luncheon on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Nashville’s Music City Center.

Stacy London is one of America’s premier style experts, helping women to boost their confidence by celebrating their personal style. She joined TLC in 2002 as one of the original hosts of the wildly popular “What Not to Wear.”

Each year, The Power of the Purse® luncheon attracts prominent women to Middle Tennessee to celebrate women and giving in the community. The event includes a silent auction of more than 50 donated purses, the luncheon and keynote address. Proceeds support The Women’s Fund and its annual grantmaking to local nonprofits.

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Middle Tennessee

  • Population: 2.58 M
  • Counties: 40
  • Nonprofits: 1,247 in GivingMatters.com
  • Dollars Given: CFMT cumulative grants $600 M