In his 85 years, Jim Haslam II has changed the landscape of Tennessee.
The Nashville Community Engagement Fund is designed to empower Mayor Barry to provide the best available programs and the broadest range of civic engagement opportunities. The Fund will generate a long-term source of funding to support The Mayor’s work and community-wide programs, events, planning or groups that enhance our community. The Nashville Community Engagement Fund is intended to support charitable projects and civic initiatives that fall outside Metropolitan Nashville’s Budget.
Mayor Karl Dean, joined by representatives of Google Fiber, Comcast, the Stephen Turner Family Foundation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dell, and The Community Foundation announced the launch of the Digital Inclusion Fund to close the digital divide in Nashville.
The Digital Inclusion Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will provide Internet access, computers, devices, training, and support to Nashville citizens who don't have them now. More than 40 percent of Metro students did not have access to computers or Internet connectivity at home in 2012.
The Community Foundation will invest the fund's assets and make grants to qualified organizations to work on broadening digital access, hardware, and training. Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Dell have already given 3800 computers to benefit students in Metro Schools.
Calling all Titans fans, it's time to clean out your closets and garages! The Sports Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is partnering with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, October 11, at Nissan Stadium for the "Play It Forward" equipment drive. Bring your gently used sports gear to the Tennessee Titans vs Buffalo Bills home game, and collections will be sorted and distributed to local nonprofits which fit The Sports Fund mission of providing team membership experiences to at-risk youth in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.
A statue honoring one of Nashville’s most legendary figures, Ed Temple, was unveiled this month near First Tennessee Park. The women’s track coach at Tennessee State University from 1953 to 1994 and the U.S. Olympic coach at the 1960 and 1964 Games, Coach Temple is internationally recognized as one of the most successful coaches of alltime – in any sport. Forty of his TSU Tigerbelles competed in the Olympics, and 23 of them earned medals. His influence was just as great off the track – both in terms of the success of his Tigerbelles academically and in life, and in the strength and determination he showed operating his program during the height of the Jim Crow South.