Give Black, Give Back


Kia Jarmon / Lisa Young

Community foundations are predicated on the theory that a portion of wealth created by a community should be preserved to benefit that specific community. In other words of the prolific first African American Nobel Prize-winning author, the late Toni Morrison, “If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.”

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is a valuable resource and vessel to link Black Philanthropists with nonprofit organizations that are led and serve the Black community, as well as that those organizations that serve to advance the Black experience in the broader community. Thus, the Give Black, Give Back Initiative was formed.

The saying “hindsight is 20/20” suggests it is easy to know what is right after the fact. Yet, in these times our communities are calling on us to do what is right, right now with a profound sense of urgency. In light of recent events, people around the globe, and in our own community, have an opportunity to be powerfully assertive, to stake a claim in defining the decade.

Imagine, a decade or century from now where you can see clearly how your actions improved the lives of so many generations ahead. We invite you to join us as we work together to strengthen our family, our neighbors and our friends through the Give Black, Give Back Initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Thank you in advance for your kindness!

Kia Jarmon and Lisa Swift-Young
Co-Chairs of Give Black, Give Back


Give Black, Give Back Advisory Committee

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Give Black, Give Back Funds

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Give Black, Give Back Nonprofit Opportunities

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Give Black, Give Back Stories

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Contact Information

Audra Cox

Audra Cox

Development Associate

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