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Our Mission

The Tomorrow Fund is dedicated to harnessing the energy, enthusiasm, and resources of young Nashville residents above the age of 22 in an effort to serve the community. The Fund seeks to build community awareness, leadership and responsibility by establishing a pattern of community service and charitable giving.
 

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The Tomorrow Fund's logo, the oak tree seedling, represents its philosophy and mission perfectly. The metaphor often used to describe endowment funds within a Community Foundation is planting acorns. By setting aside money in an endowment fund and allowing it to grow, Tomorrow Fund members are ensuring that what now provides small yet meaningful grants in its seedling stage transforms over time into strong and vibrant support for the nonprofit community.

The Tomorrow Fund was formed in 1998 by several young professionals in the greater Nashville community to foster civic leadership and community awareness among their peers. Through both hands-on charitable service and committee-based grantmaking, this organization provides a training ground for the future leaders of Middle Tennessee's philanthropic and outreach efforts.

Annual fundraisers and contributions by members and donors augment the Fund within The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Contributions remain in the Fund while a small portion (4-6%) of the Fund is distributed annually for grants to nonprofits throughout Middle Tennessee serving children. By leaving the vast majority of the Fund untouched, the endowment is able to grow and grow, eventually providing a significant stream of grantmaking revenue.

For information about joining the Tomorrow Fund call The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee at 615-321-4939 or email us.
 

Charitable Grants to Nonprofits

The Tomorrow Fund Grants Committee accepts and reviews grant applications every year through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The grant amount of money for distribution is based on an average quarterly balance of the Fund for the prior year times the current spending rate. Grant applications to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee are due August 1st of each year. Learn About Applying for Grants

2013
Backfield in Motion - To provide tutoring after school for 150 urban boys at-risk of academic failure, and adult basic education.

Hands on Nashville - To support 300 youth in making healthy lifestyle choices as a result of a free, curriculum-based, summer camp.

McNeilly Center for Children - To provide classroom books and manipulatives to create and enhance quality early education classroom environments.

2012
East Nashville Hope Exchange -
To improve reading ability and character development of at-risk children.

Project for Neighborhood Aftercare - To provide homework and tutoring services for students.

2011
A.B.L.E. Youth, Inc.-
To teach independent living skills to 35 youth who are confined to wheelchairs.

Foundation for Tennessee Chess - To provide chess classes for 35 underserved youth, ages five to 12, at a local community center.

IKE Services - To provide summer academic tutoring, hot meals, and transportation services to 30 children, grades kindergarten through 4.

In Full Motion, Inc. - To improve ACT scores and graduation rates of students attending Pearl-Cohn, Whites Creek, Stratford and Maplewood High Schools.

Our Kids - To underwrite the cost of post exposure prophylaxis medication to prevent patients from contracting HIV.

2010
Nashville Assistance League -
To provide new school attire to economically disadvantage elementary school students in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind - To purchase specialized exercise equipment for youth with disabilities.

2009
Global Ministries -
Earthquake relief for children in Haiti.

Nashville Peacemakers - Funding to expand Peacemakers program for students  with a history of suspension and/or juvenile court involvement.

2008
The Next Door -
Funding for children in The Next Door’s Freedom in Recovery program.

2007
Rejoice Ministries -
Funding for mentoring and personal development program for economically disadvantaged adolescent girls.

2006
First Steps -
The purchase of an indoor therapy playground for children with special needs.

2005
KIPP Academy -
Books for the KIPP Academy library.

King’s Daughters Day Home - Purchased books, CD’s and videos for the development of  the school curriculum.

Save the Children - Asain Tsunami relief

2004
Reading is Fundamental -
To supplement the purchase of 8500 new paperback books for 1600 at risk children.

2003
Hands with a Heart Foundation -
Materials for hearing impaired classrooms, home use and camping trips.

2002
Preston Taylor Ministries

2001
American Red Cross

Fannie Battle Day Home for Children

2000
Project Reflect


Community Service Projects

The Tomorrow Fund coordinates and promotes local community involvement among Nashville's young professionals. As part of the Fund's mission, members organize several service activities each year to benefit children and adolescents in the greater Nashville area.

With the Giving Tree Project, the Tomorrow Fund organizes an annual holiday gift drive to 
provide area children with toys and essentials like warm winter coats.

The Fund sponsors several additional service opportunities each year, targeting the city's underserved youth.

Local community agencies we work with include:
Center for Independent Living of Middle Tennessee
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
Kirkwood Elementary School
Metropolitan Nashville Parks and Recreation
Rejoice Ministries
Salvation Army Nashville Area Command


The Tomorrow Fund's service projects provide a great opportunity for Nashville's young professionals to get involved in their community and make a positive impact in the lives of some wonderful young people.

Our 2013 - 2014 Advisory Board

The Tomorrow Fund Advisory Board is commited to providing a training ground for the future leaders of Middle Tennessee's philanthropic and outreach efforts.

Jennings Harlan, President
Scott Bannach, Vice President/Treasurer
Concetta Wilson, Secretary
Brady Adams
Stephen Garrett
Anna Gernert
Leah Glover
Sydney Hester
Amanda Kerns
Natalie Lester
Paige Maynor
John Rader
Caitlin Robbins
Cale Schmit
Stephanie Gambill Simkin
Cara Sweeney
Grace Sweeney
Amy Fair, CFMT Sponsor

The Tomorrow Fund would like to invite you to participate in the 2013 Giving Tree Project. Join with your friends, family, and co-workers and help provide for a child in need this holiday season.

The Tomorrow Fund's Giving Tree Project partners with the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children to provide warm clothes and gifts for kids in low income families during the holiday season. 

Fannie Battle's mission is to provide affordable high-quality child care, for at-risk children in a nurturing environment while empowering families to reach their potential.
 
To sponsor a child from Fannie Battle:

Sign up by emailing Jennings Harlan (Jennings.harlan@gmail.com) with The Tomorrow Fund by December 1, and she will contact you with your child's specific wish list. Please be sure to indicate if you have a preference for a boy or girl, toddler vs. elementary age, etc.

Go shopping! Please spend around $100 total on gifts. Try to buy the items that are truly needed first, such as school uniforms, winter coats, shoes or pajamas. This year we will be providing the children's parents with gift wrapping materials to wrap their own child's gifts - so we're asking participants to spend an additional $10 on gift bags and boxes for your gifts. (The Tomorrow Fund will provide rolls of wrapping paper).

Place UNWRAPPED gifts and wrapping supplies in a large bag or box with the child's name securely attached.

Drop off gifts between December 2 - December 16, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at:

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
3833 Cleghorn Avenue, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37215
615-321-4939

Item pick up is available by contacting Lillian Turman, lturman@cfmt.org or 615-321-4939.

In addition to providing an avenue for charitable giving of money and time, the Tomorrow Fund strives to offer a unique social outlet for young Nashville residents. The Tomorrow Fund brings together a dynamic group of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds, educations and experiences bound by a common interest in charitable service and giving.

The Tomorrow Fund - Red, White and Brew 2014The Tomorrow Fund's Red, White and Brew

The Tomorrow Fund's Red, White and Brew will celebrate America and freedom at Sevier Park on July 12th with a mid-summer fest with red and white wine, local brews, tasty food, music and a few carnival games, too. Click here to see photos from Red, White and Brew 2013!

Red, White and Brew will feature samples from: ACME Feed & Seed Food Trailer, Chago's Cantina, Crepe a Diem, Commerce Street Grill, Edley's Bar-B-Que, The Loving Pie Company, Mafioza’s, Mere Bulles, Music City Pie Company, Nashville Sweets, Noelle, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Urban Grub, and more! 

Get your tickets here.

Proceeds support The Tomorrow Fund, which builds community awareness and responsibility in young professionals by establishing a pattern of community service and charitable giving. In 2013, The Tomorrow Fund supported  Backfield in Motion, Hands On Nashville, and McNeilly Center for Children through its grantmaking process.