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The Women’s Fund

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The Women’s Fund is dedicated to increasing support in Middle Tennessee for programs serving women and girls. The Women’s Fund was established within The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in 1994 by a committee of community leaders who wanted to invest in long-term solutions for transforming the lives of women and girls, improving the well-being of our entire community.

The Women's Fund awards grant funding to programs addressing:

• Achievement of economic self-sufficiency for women
• Prevention of violence and crime against women and girls
• Promotion of health and physical well-being and talent for women and girls

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A Permanent Endowment

The Women’s Fund is working to become Middle Tennessee’s leading resource for identifying and supporting the needs of women and girls. As the only endowed fund of this kind, by building our capital to $10 million we can affect powerful social change within our constituencies.

Through our endowment within The Community Foundation, the interest generated from the Fund is given annually to provide support to programs dedicated to helping women and girls in our community. As the principal grows, so does our ability to meet crucial needs and effect social change.

At $10 million, our ability to address current needs in our community will increase almost fivefold to $500,000 annually, enabling The Women’s Fund to not only address immediate needs, but also to address the root cause of the needs – to help craft solutions and effect social change. Growing the endowment enables us to shift from intervention to prevention, from temporary to permanent, and from short-term to transformative. Unmet needs will be met. Women’s lives will be transformed.

Building Endowment

We are building on a solid foundation – more than 15 years of providing the vehicle for women-led change in the lives of women and girls and, as a result, their families and community. The Women’s Fund has been a catalyst, identifying challenges, marshaling resources and pursuing opportunities, and has granted more than $614,000 to over 70 area nonprofits in Middle Tennessee.

We have come so far, and yet we have only just begun to meet the tremendous challenges that lie ahead for women and girls in Middle Tennessee. To connect more individuals and families with resources that bring health, hope, education and enrichment, The Women’s Fund seeks to grow its endowment and grantmaking abilities.

We have the opportunity to focus on women-led solutions by providing leadership and stewardship in identifying the needs and supporting solutions. Together, we can unite money, ideas and actions to create lasting change for women and girls, their families and our community.

To learn about opportunities to contribute toward our endowment building goal, contact us at 615-321-4939.

The Women’s Fund of The Community Foundation is For Women … For Generations.

Thanks to its generous supporters and volunteers, The Women's Fund has made grants of more than $1,000,000 to nonprofit organizations providing a range of services to support women and girls throughout Middle Tennessee.

The Women’s Fund is committed to continue growing our endowment and grantmaking capability for the benefit of countless women and girls throughout Middle Tennessee.

2014 The Women’s Fund Grant Recipients

Actors Bridge Ensemble Theatre received a grant to provide scholarships for 10 at-risk teenage girls to attend Act Like a GRRRL writing and performance program.

Bridges of Williamson County received a grant to provide healthcare services for victims of domestic violence receiving assistance at Bridges.

Center of Hope/Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence received a grant to
provide counseling sessions for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.

Community Homeless Outreach & Support/The Brooks House received a grant to provide preventive and corrective physical/dental/vision care and necessary medications for residents as they prepare to re-enter the workforce.

End Slavery Tennessee received a grant to furnish and equip a new Career Path program for survivors of  human trafficking.

Faith Family Medical Clinic received a grant to provide medical exams with for 39 uninsured, low-income women.

Families in Crisis, Inc. received a grant to provide services to victims of domestic violence by providing them with resources to become safe, independent, healthy and self-sufficient.

Friends in General received a grant to provide 550+ uninsured and indigent women with a free screening mammogram, and necessary follow up diagnostics and care.

Friendship House, Inc. received a grant to provide support, counsel, and recovery for alcoholic and drug addicted women, to help them and their children.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Inc. to provide financial assistance to girls who would like to attend summer Girl Scout Summer Camp.

Girls on the Run Nashville received a grant to provide 70 girls with the opportunity to participate in a life changing character development program.

Good Neighbor Mission received a grant to provide basic transportation needs to 12 families in our homeless shelters to retain employment, thus regaining self-sufficiency.

Haven of Hope received a grant to provide contract counseling, travel to/from counseling and housing assistance to 20 victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Junior League of Nashville received a grant to provide 4 additional themed sessions for graduates and current attendees of the Music City Girls Lead! (MCGL) program.

King's Daughters Day Home received a grant to prepare 55 at-risk children for school and beyond.

Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Sexual & Domestic Violence received a grant to help defray the costs of healthcare, childcare, transportation, food and other essential emergency needs for our residents.

Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation received a grant to provide wigs, scarves, gas cards and compression garments to women battling cancer and to provide free mammograms to needy women.

McNeilly Center for Children received a grant to purchase items needed for classrooms at McNeilly Center for Children including three iStartSmart computer systems and rocking chairs. 

Nashville CARES received a grant for peer-based HIV prevention education, counseling and testing services to 3,000 women, predominately African American, at high risk for infection.

Nurses for Newborns of Tennessee received a grant to provide nurse home visits to those at risk for infant mortality, child abuse or neglect including medically fragile infants.

Renewal House, Inc. received a grant to provide gender-specific intensive outpatient addiction treatment for 70 low-income women, including specialized programming for pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Starlings Nashville received a grant for the guiding concept of providing an opportunity for girls (ages 5 to 18) to participate regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Susan G. Komen Greater Nashville received a grant to provide screening mammograms and clinical breast exams for women without insurance in our 11 Middle Tennessee counties.

Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition received a grant to assist 3,500 immigrants statewide (specifically females in crisis), and empower 25 immigrant women to become leaders, engaging systemic issues.

The New Beginnings Center received a grant for Building Wellness From the Inside Out -- a health and wellness program for low-income women.

The Next Door received a grant to provide reentry services to 150 women returning to the community from incarceration.

Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center received a grant to continue their high-quality educational program for at-risk preschoolers, ages 1-4, year round, 6:30-5:30, M-F.

Women Are Safe received a grant to provide court advocacy to victims of domestic violence in rural Middle Tennessee.

YMCA of Middle Tennessee received a grant to provide health and wellness guidance, education, encouragement and support for 30-35 breast cancer survivors through a free 12-week program.

The Women’s Fund Advisory Board is comprised of community leaders who believe deeply in ensuring that the needs of women and girls in Middle Tennessee are met both today and tomorrow. Our Advisory Board members are a diverse group of women with a common passion for our community and the desire to improve the lives of all of its women and children.

Our 2014-2015 Board Members

Laura Smith Tidwell, Chair
Elizabeth Akers
Cristina Allen
Laura Allen
Grace Awh
Tricia Carswell
Holly Coltea
Brenda Corbin
Beth Courtney
Sondra Cruickshanks
Anne Davis
Missy Eason
Kaye Elam
Irwin Fisher
Beth Fortune
Mary Gambill
Stacey Garrett
Estie Harris
Phyllis Hildreth
Collins Hooper
Susan Short Jones
Beverly Keel
Coco Kyriopoulos
Ellen Lehman
Jody Mattison
Keith Meacham
Rita Mitchell
Julia Morris
Caroline Mullen
Barbara Keith Payne
Mary Jo Shankle
Cassie Sturdivant
Laura Turner
Mimi Vaughn
Jessica Viner
Mandy Young
Mayra Zimmer
Nancy Zoretic

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2015 Power of the Purse®
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at Music City Center
10:45 am - 1:00 pm


The 2015 Power of the Purse® Luncheon will feature keynote speaker DEBBI FIELDS, an entrepreneur who transformed a recipe from her kitchen into one of the nation’s most visible, successful, dessert empires.   She is the founder, baker, chief-cookie-lover and former chairman of Mrs. Field’s Cookies, a $450 million company she started in 1977.  Fields uses her personal values to guide to her as a businesswoman.  Her philosophy of excellence, apparent in her motto “Good Enough Never Is,” is mirrored in a company that earned a reputation for providing the best in product quality and superior customer service.  We are thrilled that Debbi will share with us what it takes to make a dream come true when armed with only an idea.