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Every day, people choose The Community Foundation to make an impact in our community. Because of their generosity, we are able to address the changing needs of Middle Tennessee, ensuring its future as a great place to call home.

Here, we share our stories of how people with big hearts are making a difference. Your stories of giving make us who we are, and we hope that by telling them, we inspire others to realize their charitable dreams. We invite you to share a personal story of your own by using the "Tell Us About Your Favorite Gift" form on this page.

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  • Two Old Hippies Fund Established 2012

    In the spirit of peace, love & rock n' roll, Molly and Tom Bedell created Two Old Hippies, a lifestyle and guitar shop in the heart of Music City that vividly reflects their desire to celebrate living. As hippies at heart, the store is a connection to their roots – a time in the 60s when they were inspired by music and moved to change the world. It also embraces their vision for a world community, where generosity, compassion and equality are a way of life.

    At the heart of Tom and Molly's Nashville store amidst the guitars and colorful clothing, it's clear their mission is more than music and merchandise, it's about how we can all make the world a better place. In their words, "If you look at what makes you happy in life, it's what you give to others, and not what you try to get back."

    Through the Two Old Hippies Fund of The Community Foundation, the Bedells can connect with multiple causes close to their hearts and grow their philanthropy in Middle Tennessee.

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  • Metropolitan Nashville Police Support Fund Established 2009

    The Metropolitan Nashville Police Support Fund was created to champion community support for the professional men and women who fulfill the public safety mission of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

    Established by a group of Nashville's business, civic, religious and academic leaders, this Fund is designed to augment the Department's ability to access the best in education, training, technology, communication, outreach and community partnership - on our behalf. Its goal is to make our lives and our community safe.

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  • Rufus Fort Advised Fund Established 1993

    A World War II vet and successful insurance executive, Rufus Fort lived a live of service and intention. He approached his commitment to community in the same way. To ensure permanent support for charitable causes, nearly 20 years ago he created the Rufus Fort Family Advised Fund within The Community Foundation. Today, with the guidance of his children and grandchildren, charities throughout Middle Tennessee steadily receive support thanks to his thoughtful planning.

    The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee creates endowments for the future of our community. To join us in our work and leave your own legacy, call us at 615-321-4939.

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  • Lillian G. and Dave Bogatzky Field-of-Interest Fund Established 2003

    When Lillian Bogatzky fought for a visa, she literally saved the life of her late husband's nephew trapped in war-torn Poland during World War II. Records show he was one of only 250 people from Poland to enter the United States in 1938.

    In thanksgiving for the love he received from his Aunt Lil and Uncle Dave, he established a Fund to perpetuate the spirit of making someone's life possible. The proceeds from the Fund will be used to serve disadvantaged children and seniors, populations he sees as society's most vulnerable, just as he was when Aunt Lil stepped in.

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  • Florence E. and Donald M. Maillie Fund Established 1996

    The Florence E. and Donald M. Maillie Fund to Endow the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts

    In the true spirit of community, Florence and Donald Maillie felt that the wealth they were able to establish over years of hard work should be returned to support the place they’d loved calling home.

    With The Community Foundation, an endowed fund in their name now provides a permanent source of funding to the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Frist Center, two charities they loved during their lives.

    The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee creates endowments for the future of our community. To join us in our work and leave your own legacy, call us at 615-321-4939.

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