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SAVE THE DATE for the 2015 Power of the Purse®
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at Music City Center

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.

Click on the link below to purchase your tickets for the 2015 Power of the Purse. Thank you for your support of The Women's Fund, and we look forward to seeing you in April!



Thanks to its generous supporters and volunteers, The Women's Fund has made grants of more than $769,000 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.

2013 The Women’s Fund Grant Recipients

Avalon Center received a grant to provide essential needs, transportation and a "start over" basket to 225 women and children in emergency shelter.

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

Center of Hope/Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence received a grant to provide contract staff for on-call purposes to decrease the amount of time full-time staff works after hours.

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

End Slavery Tennessee received a grant to support compassionate restoration of the survivors of human trafficking, including meeting basic needs and case management.

Faith Family Medical Clinic received a grant to provide medical exams with for 35 uninsured, low-income women.

Families in Crisis received a grant to provide direct client assistance to victims of domestic violence increasing their opportunity to become self-sufficient.

Friends in General received a grant to provide free mammograms to uninsured or indigent women with no access to breast health services.

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee received a grant to provide financial assistance to girls who would like to attend spring or 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.

Maury Regional Healthcare Foundation received a grant to provide, wigs, camisoles, mammograms, lymphedema garments and gas cards to cancer patients who cannot afford these items.

Mending Hearts received a grant to provide medications for 120 indigent women in our Residential Treatment Detox Facility.

Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee received a grant to provide training and support to Hispanic women in Davidson County who have been victims of domestic violence.

Nashville Public Television Council received a grant to produce a program addressing solutions to domestic violence focused on findings of Davidson County Domestic Violence Task Force.

Renewal House received a grant to provide intensive outpatient addiction treatment for 65 low-income women, including specialized programming for pregnant and postpartum clients.

Sexual Assault Center received a grant to provide therapy and support services to low-income females survivors of sexual assault.

Starlings Nashville received a grant to provide an opportunity for girls, ages 6 to 18, to participate in volleyball regardless of their socioeconomic background.

Tennessee Alliance for Progress received a grant to conduct two workshops and ongoing resources for and empowerment of minority women wanting to start businesses.

Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition received a grant to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence received a grant to provide emergency financial assistance to 25 victims of domestic and sexual violence in Middle Tennessee.

The Mary Parrish Center received a grant to help defray the costs of healthcare, child care, transportation, food and other essential emergency needs for its residents.

The New Beginnings Center received a grant to provide life coaching, personal development and nutrition education for 40 low-income/senior women seeking affordable and sustainable wellness.

The Next Door received a grant to provide entry services in a residential transition recovery support program for 75 women exiting incarceration.

Women Are Safe received a grant to coordinate and provide legal advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee received a grant to provide safety, housing, and case management to promote healing and self-sufficiency in 345 victims of domestic violence.

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

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

Learn More About The Women's Fund:

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.