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  • The Community Foundation's 2016 Discretionary Grant Application is now available.

    The Community Foundation's 2016 Discretionary Grant Application is now available.

    August 1 Deadline

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  • Together, we raised $2,613,256.63 during this year's giving day. Thank you!

    Together, we raised $2,613,256.63 during this year's giving day. Thank you!

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Annual Grant Applications Now Available

The Community Foundation announces its annual call for discretionary grant applications. Nonprofit organizations working to improve the well-being of residents of Middle Tennessee are eligible and encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.

Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations across Middle Tennessee serving a wide range of causes, including: animal welfare, arts and humanities, conservation and preservation, environment, education, employment and training, health and human services, housing, and economic and community development.

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Contribute to the OneOrlando Fund

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse nightclub tragedy.

The fund will support:
- Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families
- The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities
- Underlying causes of this tragic event
- Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them

The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds.

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Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Luncheon

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee proudly presented the inaugural Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award to philanthropist Ben R. Rechter today during a luncheon at the Music City Center. Kerry Graham, incoming Board Chair of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, presented Rechter with a multicolored stained glass artwork in the shape of a bridge, a creation of Nashville artist Sam Simms.

Ben R. Rechter has devoted his civic life to helping others attain equality and realize the American Dream. His leadership in arts, education and philanthropy helps build bridges and break down walls in Nashville and Middle Tennessee. The Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Award honors the memory of civil rights trailblazer and civic leader Francis S. Guess and is awarded to those who spur innovation that leads to equality.

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Thank you, Middle Tennessee!

Thanks to the generosity of Middle Tennessee donors and the hard work of participating nonprofits, The Big Payback 2016 remained a big success despite debilitating nationwide technical difficulties.

The third annual giving day on May 3 has brought in more than $2.61 million thus far from 11,270 gifts, nearly matching last year’s record $2.64 million total despite the giving website being operational for only nine hours.

“If you ever doubted what good can occur when we come together to make things happen, remember this giving day,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

“Congratulations to the 770 local nonprofits participating,” Lehman continued. “I know how hard you all worked to make the day such a success. And congratulations to all who will benefit from the services offered by these nonprofits, which make this the place we all want to call home.”

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Middle Tennessee

  • Population: 2.58 M
  • Counties: 40
  • Nonprofits: 1450+ in GivingMatters.com
  • Dollars Given: CFMT cumulative grants $726 M