Created by a group of civic leaders in 1991, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee was founded on the belief that a foundation for the community could play a vital role in identifying and supporting critical needs. The Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity serving the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and three counties in Southern Kentucky.
Our founders had seen the good community foundations were accomplishing around the country and believed our community would benefit from a new and different approach to charitable giving. That approach, pioneered in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, by the first community foundation ever established, would focus on building and holding a permanent and growing endowment dedicated specifically to our community’s changing needs and opportunities.
The Nashville Community Foundation, Inc. begins in the garage of founder-president Ellen Lehman.
The NCF secures 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.
Ida. F Cooney Fund for the Arts is established.
Laundrea Lewis is hired as the first paid employee of NCF. Happily, she remains on staff as Senior Manager, Grants.
The Dr. Jayme Coleman Williams and Dr. Mcdonald Williams Designated Fund benefits Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary.
The Nashville Community Foundation moves to St. Cloud Corner in downtown Nashville in offices provided by Board Chair Ted Lazenby.
Melisa Currey becomes the second paid employee of NCF. Happily, she remains on staff as Chief Financial Officer.
The Community Foundation moves to 210 23rd Ave North in offices donated by surgeon Dr. Pat Maxwell.
Martha and Bronson Ingram Arts Support Fund established.
The Michael D. and Lisa A. Shmerling Charitable Giving Fund established.
Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley are Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award honorees.
The Cheatham County Community Foundation established.
The Nashville Community Foundation at long last becomes The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
John E. Mayfield’s five Scholarship Funds are established.
The Maddox Foundation, established by the late Margaret and Dan Maddox, donates The Maddox Building in Green Hills to The Community Foundation to serve as..Read More
Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund has since become an integral part of Nashville’s official disaster manual created by the Office of Emergency Management. The Fund has..Read More
GivingMatters.com, a tool for nonprofits, donors and funders to research local issues and the nonprofits serving those issues, now hosts more than 1,650 profiles.
The Angel Fund is launched allowing incredible public servants, or “angels,” working in the nonprofit sector to help people in need, without delay.
NowPlayingNashville.com serves as Middle Tennessee’s most comprehensive guide for Where to Go and What to Do.
Middle Tennessee flood claims 19 lives and causes an estimated $2 billion in damages, leaving thousands displaced from their homes.
Ellen Lehman meets with Garth Brooks who offered to raise funds for flood recovery.
The Taylor Swift Charitable Fund is established.
CFMT founder and president Ellen Lehman receives the Outstanding Nashvillian of the Year 2010 Award for leading flood relief efforts from the Kiwanis Club.
Married musicians Amy Grant and Vince Gill receive the Kraft Humanitarian Award for their philanthropic support throughout the community.
Former Tennessean editor and publisher John Seigenthaler received the Joe Kraft Humanitarian Award.
Philanthropist-businessman Ben Rechter is honored with the inaugural Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Fund Award.
The Community Foundation celebrates its 25th birthday with its staff, board, and founders at Cathy and Clay Jackson’s home.
Over the years, thousands of individuals, families and companies have partnered with us to find ways to contribute and achieve their personal philanthropic goals. Today, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees 1,050 funds serving the broadest range of needs and has received more than $986 million in cumulative contributions.
Our funds represent hundreds of stories of passionate people with big hearts and bold ideas. They are a testament to the power of philanthropy – of people creating, contributing to, and sustaining long-term solutions for a better today and tomorrow.
The generosity of our donors and contributors, who trust in our philanthropic leadership to invest funds wisely for the benefit of our region, has made possible The Community Foundation’s grant making of more than $796 million to community programs and institutions over our 25-year history.
As we have fulfilled the traditional role of a community foundation to provide philanthropic services to enhance our service area, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has also expanded to act as a catalyst and convener, identifying unmet needs in our region and marshaling resources to create solutions.
We not only help donors accomplish their charitable goals and provide funding to hundreds of local nonprofits, we also craft and support new and even entrepreneurial ideas for lasting solutions to critical needs.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee believes the charitable dreams we each have can benefit us all. We are focused on donor service first and foremast, in order to help them, and local nonprofit organizations, make a difference in our community.