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The Kitty and Pat Emery Fund for Nashville, an Unrestricted Fund within The Community Foundation, was established on November 22, 2016. It happened the day after their 19th wedding anniversary and in anticipation of Kitty’s passing as a result of the cancer she has fought and survived for many months!
It stemmed, however, from a happier place, the deep and abiding love Kitty and Pat have had for each other and for their community. The goal of the Fund is to ensure that The Community Foundation has resources to address the needs of the community they chose to call home as those needs emerge and evolve. The Fund will be Nashville-centric but the causes to which the money may be applied are unlimited because Kitty and Pat believe Nashville’s opportunities to be unlimited as well.
A visitation will take place at Woodmont Christian Church, 3601 Hillsboro Road in Nashville, on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. A service celebration Moon Emery's life will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday with another visitation preceding the service at 10 a.m.
The Big Payback's 24-hour giving day is back on Wednesday, May 3, and registration is now open for all Middle Tennessee nonprofits, schools, and religious institutions interested in participating this annual giving day.
In its first three years, this 24-hour giving day helped raise more than $6.5 million for area nonprofits. The Big Payback 2017 boasts a brand new software platform, and we welcome our biggest supporters back for a fourth year - helping to make Middle Tennessee's largest day of giving a success.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has distributed a second round of funding to help in the rebuilding efforts of areas impacted by the wildfires in East Tennessee.
On the heels of an announcement that The Community Foundation partnered with Dollar General to provide $200,000 in gift cards for families receiving assistance from the Dollywood Foundation, the Middle Tennessee nonprofit has granted an additional $100,000 to five organizations located in East Tennessee that are providing services to the medically uninsured, those in need of short-term housing, legal aid, food, and volunteer efforts.
The Community Foundations announces 121 Tennessee nonprofits and governmental organizations as part of a one-time Serving Tennessee’s Seniors grant opportunity.
Funding of Serving Tennessee’s Seniors was provided by the Chancery Court and administered by The Community Foundation through the settlement of a lawsuit initiated by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper against both SeniorTrust and ElderTrust.
“All across Tennessee, each and every day, nonprofits and governmental agencies are working hard to make the path easier for our growing but vulnerable senior population. From Lake County to Bradley County, from Memphis to Elizabethton, we know that the needs of our aging population are often unrecognized or underfunded,” said Ellen Lehman, President of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
“The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has been honored to assist the Chancery Court and the Office of Tennessee’s Attorney General in the distribution of these grants to help strengthen the ability of these recipient organizations as they work to improve the lives of those they serve,” Lehman continued. “The grants we were able to make last for only six months but span a broad range of needs, including: providing nutritious meals to the homebound, providing safe access to senior centers, providing dentures, providing transportation, providing wellness and educational activities, and fixing homes so that residents can age in their own place.”
Outcomes achieved by each grantee will be reported to the Court and available to the public on an interim basis. Final results will be available in July 2017.