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2015-16 Report to the Community

E Pluribus Unum = “Out of Many, One” Out of Many, One: The Community Foundation

Together, Out of Many, we have become a thriving, diverse community with a Community Foundation strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all. A better understanding of our community and how it is evolving helps each and all of us make the most effective use of our precious philanthropic funds.

Out of the efforts and contributions of many, we are working to strengthen our caring, smart, and welcoming community - focused on today and a bright future.

Published each year by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, our annual report provides a comprehensive look at our activities. It includes financials as well as stories on donors, grants, and articles that illustrate how we carry out our mission. For a hard copy, please contact us at 615-321-4939.

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328 Nonprofts Awarded Funding

We are thrilled to share the names of the 328 nonprofits - representing 31 of our 40 counties served - awarded with a 2016 discretionary grant from The Community Foundation.

"The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and through other avenues throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the many quality nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs and vital services to our neighbors," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to fund nonprofit solutions addressing Middle Tennessee’s emerging needs and opportunities."

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CFMT provides $100,000 to five East Tennessee organizations in wake of wildfires

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.

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Serving Tennessee’s Seniors

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.

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Middle Tennessee

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