Established 2017
The Community Foundation of Rutherford County promotes the betterment of Rutherford County and provides a way for citizens to make lasting gifts for the improvement and benefit of future generations.  Our mission is to assist Rutherford County nonprofit organizations that help build and benefit the community.

The Community Foundation of Rutherford County chose to become an Affiliate Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, recognizing the leadership and infrastructure it provides. Affiliate Funds are designated to benefit a particular geographic area, be it a county, a community, or a region. The affiliate is overseen by a committee of local leaders, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee handles administrative operations.


The Community Foundation of Rutherford County is like a savings account for the community – the principal remains intact, and a portion of its earnings are used to make grants helping those in need. As a vehicle for civic-minded individuals, families and companies, The Foundation connects people with the causes and organizations about which they care most, improving Rutherford County, now and forever.

We will help support local nonprofits to address unmet needs of the community. Grants will be awarded on an annual cycle. All local 501c3 agencies and public institutions are eligible to apply. Nonprofits must be profiled in to be eligible. A local grant committee reviews Rutherford County-based applications and determines allocations to qualified nonprofit partners.


Support Rutherford County

Giving is simple. There are many ways to support The Community Foundation of Rutherford County and achieve your charitable goals, often with significant tax benefits.

• Cash
• Publicly Traded Securities
• Real Estate and Personal Property
• Planned Giving Vehicles: Bequests, IRAs, life insurance policies, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts.
• Memorials: Many people in Rutherford County have embraced giving to The Foundation in memory
of loved ones.

If you are interested in supporting The Community Foundation of Rutherford County, please contact Pat Lawson at 615-321-4939 ext. 141. We will be pleased to work with you or your professional advisor in tailoring a giving plan that accomplishes your goals.


Organization Legal Name
MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center
Jesse C Beesley Animal Humane Foundation
Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System
United Spinal Association of Tennessee
Tennessee Valley Winds
The Woman's Club of Murfreesboro
Tennessee Foster Care Association, Inc.
Tennessee Association of Dance
Stepping Stones Safe Haven Inc.
Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival
Smyrna Senior Citizens, Inc.
Sam Davis Memorial Association
Habitat for Humanity of Rutherford County
Prevention Coalition for Success, Inc.
Portico Inc.
Tennessee CASA Association Inc
Ferrell Hollow Farm Senior Horse Sanctuary
Feed America First of Tennessee
Endure Athletics Foundation
Doors of Hope
Oaklands Association, Inc.
E.P.I.C. (Exploring Purpose in Christ)
Murfreesboro Rescue Mission Inc
Murfreesboro Muslim Youth Inc.
Middle Tennessee Wildlife Rescue
Elders First Adult Day Services Association / Mindful Care
Kymari House, Inc.
Junior Service League of Murfreesboro
Journeys in Community Living
Salvation Army of Rutherford County
You Can Make It Home Ownership Center Inc
WMOT FM 89.5
Wee Care Day Care Center
United Way of Rutherford County
The Free Speech Center
Tennessee Health Care Campaign
Tennessee Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders
Tennessee Family Solutions Inc.
Special Kids
Smyrna LaVergne Food Bank
Renewed Life Ministries Outreach
Read To Succeed
Rutherford County Primary Care & Hope Clinic
Possibility Place
Friends of Linebaugh Library
Tennessee Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc.
Murfreesboro Cold Patrol, Inc.
The Journey Home
Gentle Barn Foundation
Friends of the Smyrna Library
First Shot
Community Servants, Inc.
Branches Recovery Centers (Branches Counseling Center)
Center for the Arts Inc
CLOSED Howard's Hope, Inc
American Red Cross (Heart of Tennessee Chapter)
Greenhouse Ministries
Grace and Glory
Domestic Violence Program, Inc.
Discovery Center at Murfree Spring / Children's Museum Corporation of Rutherford County
Dominion Financial Management Inc.
Community Helpers of Rutherford County
Intentional Intimacy International, Inc.
The City Schools Foundation
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Tennessee, Inc.
CASA Of Rutherford County, Inc.
Carpe Artista, Inc.
The Barnabas Vision, Inc.
A Soldier's Child Inc.
Archie's Promise
Amelia's Closet
Housing Health & Human Services Alliance of Rutherford County Inc
LaVergne Hope Center
Saint Thomas Rutherford Foundation



Contact Information

Pat Lawson

Pat Lawson

Regional Affiliates/ChildcareTennessee Shared Services Coordinator

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