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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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90-year-old piano instructor hopes to raise $10,000 for students

After decades of dedication to students, Cormier is stepping down this year from chairing the Tennessee Music Teachers Association Scholarship Awards Endowment Fund, which she and several other teachers helped found in 1991.

The fund, managed by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, gives modest dollar awards of $60 to $300 to music students who perform in state and regional competitions. The awards help offset students’ travel costs and expenses

As a celebration of the scholarship award’s 25th anniversary, the association has set a fundraising goal of $10,000. The additional monies would to used to increase award amounts, to keep pace with current costs, and to continue inspiring Middle Tennessee’s aspiring musicians.

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The Big Payback Prizes Have Been Announced

As we all know, technology threw us a curve ball for 2016. We all had to pivot to Plan B, and we were impressed with the flexibility and resilience we saw in your efforts. Among our Plan B activities was reassigning the purpose of many of our time-sensitive prizes. The full list of prizes is available below.

Some new prize names you will see are Making Lemons from Lemonade, Most Creative Campaign Honorable Mention, 1st Year Participant Most $ Raised. In reassigning the prizes, we tried to recognize the spirit of the original awards as well as consider efforts that didn’t exclusively focus on money raised. This year, 97 different organizations received incentive prize awards as compared to 79 organizations last year.

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As we celebrate 25 years, we look forward to the future

The date of July 26 holds a special significance around the office. For it was on this date 25 years ago that Ellen Lehman, helping a group of what she calls local “philanthropic heroes,” started what became The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Our founder and president did so in her garage, of all places.

Ever since that date in 1991, The Community Foundation has existed to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond: connecting generosity with need, as we like to say. We do this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter.

The Community Foundation continues to work with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals.

As for our garage-business beginning, we proudly share such humble origins with a number of other entities. You may have heard of Google, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Microsoft, Harley Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Nike, for instance — garage beginners all.

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Middle Tennessee

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