Mural Artists (above): Michael J. McBride

Give Black, Give Back Funds

Give Black, Give Back recognizes donors and the variety of ways they give, not only large gifts, but also the volumes of small gifts and collective giving Black families, churches and civic organizations provide that are making a broad impact.

Black leadership in philanthropy is key to engaging in authentic and informed grant making in communities of color.

According to African American Psychology Fourth Edition 2019: From Africa to America by Fay Z. Belgrave, Kevin W. Allison, Black households tend to give more of their discretionary income – as much as 25 percent more – to charitable causes than other segments of society.

It is our responsibility to engage and incubate Black philanthropists to continue enhancing the vibrancy of our community.

We can do this by the following:

  • Serving as a resource to amplify the Black-led funds at CFMT;
  • Helping to foster new partnerships among Black philanthropists as well as Middle Tennessee’s nonprofit organizations with similar aspirations for serving the community;
  • Providing access and education to the community at-large to help close the racial wealth gap.

Through Unrestricted, Field of Interest, Scholarship, Designated, Agency Endowment, and Donor-Advised Funds, donors can impact the areas of interest that matter most to them.

Contact The Community Foundation at 615-321-4939 to learn more about the ways we can provide assistance in your efforts to collaborate and create synergy in our ever-changing Middle Tennessee communities.

Give Black, Give Back Funds

Funds established at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee by Black philanthropists and/or to support the Black community:

Fund NameFund Focus
Robert Sr. and Mary Churchwell Scholarship FundScholarship Robert Sr. and Mary Churchwell Scholarship Fund's mission is to continue to educate students in the Middle Tennessee area.
The Dr. Jayme Coleman Williams and Dr. McDonald Williams Designated FundSeminaryThe Dr. Jayme Coleman Williams and Dr. McDonald Williams Designated Fund benefits Wilberforce University and Payne Theological Seminary.
Brandon Key Scholarship FundScholarshipThe Brandon Key Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a young man best known for his commitment to his community, volunteering for causes that were most important to him, and interest in human and civil rights. 
The Enoch Fuzz Legacy FundEducationThe Enoch Fuzz Legacy Fund is dedicated to all students and student athletes at Tennessee State University with the belief that solid, honestly run athletic programs managed with integrity and skill are an integral part of the educational experience of a university whether by participation or by observation.
Change We Seek FundCommunity EnrichmentChange We Seek offers grants to nonprofits assisting underserved urban communities. Its mission is to support programs that give these communities the means to be in control of their own economic destiny.
Virgil J. Maupin Memorial Advised FundMemorialA passionate and idealistic young man, when Virgil J. Maupin died he was in the process of establishing a nonprofit organization, Dreams4Youth, to help disadvantaged youth. His hope was to enhance the activities of groups like the YMCA or 100 Black Men by supplementing their programs.
The Tia Barbour-Hale OGOT Legacy FundHuman ServicesThe Tia Barbour-Hale OGOT Legacy Fund supports the work of occupational therapists serving special education students in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
The Thirteenth Episcopal District AME Church Endowment Fund
Agency Support
The Tennessee Annual Conference AME Church Endowment Fund II
Agency Support
The Tennessee Annual Conference AME Church Endowment Fund I
Agency Support
The Primm-Simmons Christian Education Endowment Fund
Agency Support
The Linda P. Hare Scholarship FundScholarshipThis Fund was established in memory of Dr. Linda P. Hare, who contributed significantly to efforts to increase the diversity and support of underrepresented students at both the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College.
The Jacob and Joy Charitable FundFood SecurityThe Jacob and Joy Charitable Fund provide grants to nonprofits and social entrepreneurs for innovative pilot projects that address hunger, food insecurity, food deserts, community gardens, health, and nutrition.
The Gloria & Darrell Freeman FundDonor-AdvisedDarrell Freeman is known for his intellect, energy and creativity. In addition, it is his hard work that has allowed him to accomplish so much. The Community Foundation is honored to be able to play a part in the Freeman family’s good works.
The Francis S. Guess Bridge to EqualityCommunity EnrichmentThe Francis S. Guess Bridge to Equality Fund aims to enhance dialogue, align resources and build strategic partnerships by convening individuals, nonprofits, governmental agencies, for profits, and the religious community to spur innovation which will lead to equality across Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
The Dr. Diane Greer Walker Memorial Scholarship FundScholarshipThe Dr. Diane Greer Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund benefits African American dental students attending Meharry Medical College.
The Dedication, Service and Thanks Scholarship FundScholarshipChartered March 13, 1926, the Alpha Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was established at Fisk University. To carry on the outstanding legacy of this sorority, the Dedication, Service, and Thanks Scholarship was established to benefit achieving Fisk University students. 
The College Trust, Inc. Agency Endowment FundAgency SupportIn 1983, Marcel Kellar, Kelly Miller Smith, Andrew White, John Corry and Norman Reed set up The College Trust to invest in the futures of the local historically African-American Colleges and Universities and the students who attend them. 
The Bridge Resource Partnership FundCommunity EnrichmentThe Nashe Family Fund was established to support organizations aligning with the family's personal life experiences as entrepreneurs and their work in delivering educational resources to the prison system
Rep. John Lewis Way Committee Scholarship FundScholarship
Recover Health Fund
Health Recover Health was founded to eliminate gaps in
healthcare that lead to health disparities. Its charitable fund will provide philanthropic support with the same philosophy by addressing disparities in many areas across the community.
Pearl Creswell Fund for the Alfred Stieglitz Collection at Fisk UniversityArtsPearl Creswell, the first curator of the Stieglitz Collection at Fisk University, is now the inspiration for an endowed, designated fund to benefit, in perpetuity, the display and care of the Collection at the Carl Van Vechten Gallery where it is presently housed. The Fund was established in an effort to ensure the placement and annual upkeep of the art will not cause a continued financial burden to the University.
National Museum of African American Music Endowment FundAgency SupportRecognizing the need for long-term financial sustainability, the National Museum of African American Music Endowment Fund will secure future acquisitions, collection care, temporary exhibitions, educational programs and general operations.
Nashville Unites FundCommunity EnrichmentNashville Unites is an idea conceived by Bishop Joseph Walker and is an effort to assure Nashville is prepared to respond to some of the racial, socio-economic and neighborhood issues that have affected other cities recently by emphasizing civic responsibility, dialogue and participation. 
Nashe Family Advised FundSecond Chances
My Brother's Keeper Nashville Fund
Community EnrichmentMy Brother’s Keeper Nashville believes that by working together through nonprofit efforts there is a path forward to improve achievement for boys and young men of color, specifically Black and Brown boys, creating a better future for Nashville and all of its citizens.
Molette Family Impact Advised FundCommunity EnrichmentIn honor of Lee Molette’s 40th Birthday, friends and family rallied to establish the Molette Family Impact Advised Fund. Through a multitude of donations, this Fund will serve to strengthen and improve quality of life in the Middle Tennessee and beyond.
McDonald Association Collective Collaboration - Light Into Darkness FundHuman ServicesClinton McDonald started McDonald Association Collective Collaboration Light Into Darkness (MACC-LID) to share God’s blessing and message. The MACC-LID Fund complements the efforts by supporting programs that positively impact the educational, emotional and physical health of children and families.
Matthews Mission FundHuman ServicesJordan Matthews established Matthews Mission in 2016 to give back to the communities that have shaped him as an athlete, teammate, friend and citizen. Matthews Mission central theme is to work with these communities to FEED: Feed the hungry, Educate the children, Empower the family and Donate to those in need.
Matthew & Anne Kennedy Designated Fund for Fisk UniversityFisk UniversityMatthew Kennedy and Anne Gamble Kennedy were both distinguished pianists who found their way to Fisk University during the 1940s to study music. This Fund benefits the Anne Gamble and Matthew W. Kennedy Endowed Scholarship in support of Fisk music students’ education, which Dr. Kennedy established in 2001 to honor his late wife.
Lillian Dunn Thomas Designated Fund for March of DimesAgency Support“Doing service for people is the most important thing to me,” Lillian said. Her interaction with Nashville youth and tireless activity throughout her 80-plus years has obviously kept her young at heart. Lillian created her Fund to address one of her main concerns – helping children with physical disabilities.
John W. Work III Memorial Foundation Scholarship FundScholarshipJohn W. Work was an inspiring teacher at Fisk University for 39 years, head of the Music Department for a number of years, director of the famous Jubilee Singers, and an internationally known composer and arranger.  This Scholarship is intended to award one or more scholarships to undergraduate juniors, seniors or graduate students, especially African American, pursuing a degree in music
John R. Story Memorial Advised FundMemorialThe John R. Story Memorial Advised Fund was created to recognize the life of Charles Story’s father. Though not highly educated, John was a voracious reader and student of language. Charles honors his father’s legacy through this Fund, proceeds of which support literacy efforts in the greater Nashville community.
JoAhn Brown Nash Memorial Scholarship FundScholarshipJoAhn Brown-Nash’s major focus and passion throughout her entire professional career was education. She committed herself to using her talents in every way she could to fulfill the hopes and dreams of young people. Because of her vision to enrich the lives of children and her exemplary service to Links, Inc., the Central Area Links, Inc. honors her memory with this scholarship.
Jerry Newson Scholarship FundScholarshipJerry Newson Jr. believed in the possibilities that education offers the mind, body and spirit at any age. This Scholarship was established as a fitting testimonial to the man who lost his life in the line of duty as a deputy of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.
iCHope FundHuman ServicesChris and Linda Hope established the iCHOPE Fund to provide support for individuals and families from diverse backgrounds in Nashville, TN, Rock Hill, SC and Miami, FL. 
Hick-Hop Humanitarian Advised FundHumanitarianWith his blend of country, rap, and rock ‘n roll, Cowboy Troy dubbed the style “hick-hop,” carrying it from his hometown of Dallas, Texas, to the Nashville music scene and beyond with success on the Billboard Country Albums chart. This Fund allows Troy and his wife, Laura, to support the charities in which they believe.
Grace M. Eaton Day Home Endowment FundAgency EndowmentFounded in 1926, Grace M. Eaton Childcare and Parent Resource Center was the first nonprofit childcare organization in Nashville, established for the express purpose of serving black, low-income, inner-city children. This endowment is a component of that commitment to nurturing young lives.
FISK Jubilee Singers’ Fund for the FutureArtsBill Friskics-Warren wrote, “No single group has given African American spirituals greater exposure in this country or around the world than the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University.” This Fund is designated to support this community treasure in perpetuity.
Emmett H. Turner Scholarship FundScholarshipEmmett Turner ably served the Davidson County police for 34 years, culminating in the rank of Chief. Upon his retirement, friends and admirers wanted something meaningful for which to show him their appreciation for his hard work. It is fitting that from now on, with the aid of the Emmett H. Turner Scholarship, TSU will be graduating students who will follow in his footsteps, making life safer for us all.
The Ed and Charlie B. Temple Scholarship Fund
Dr. Henry Foster Endowment to Benefit I Have A FutureTeen PregnancyI Have a Future is a comprehensive teenage pregnancy prevention program that works with male and female youth, 10 to 18 years of age, who reside primarily in the inner-city community houses of Davidson County. The program motivates by preparing youth for college, vocational careers and the immediate job market. 
Dr. Emma Jean Lambert Memorial ScholarshipScholarshipDr. Emma Jean Lambert Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Dr. Lambert's wish to see students at Fisk University in the Arts, Healthcare and Religion continually benefit from education.
DeLois Jackson Wilkinson Community Advised FundCommunity EnrichmentDeLois Jackson loved this community and was a vocal advocate for the changes she thought would make it better. She invested deeply in solutions to its ills. How fitting that, at her passing, her five children established this Fund to support the nonprofits and charitable causes she held de
David Williams II Scholarship FundScholarship
David and Gail Williams Family Advised FundCommunity EnrichmentDavid and Gail Williams established their Fund in 2009 to make their charitable giving easier for their children.
Dariana Marie Byone Memorial Scholarship FundScholarshipThis Scholarship in memory of Dariana Marie Byone supports African American or Native American seniors at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas.
Coach Edward S. Temple Fund for New Hope AcademyScholarship
Bob and Lois Holmes Memorial FundMemorialThe Holmes family honors the legacy of Robert L. “Bob” and Lois Holmes by establishing this fund to support to continuing arts education of public school students through support of the Tapping Individual Potential Program.
Bishop Joseph and Stephaine Walker ScholarshipScholarshipBishop Joseph and Stephaine Walker Scholarship Fund benefits African American students from Middle Tennessee (having lived here no less than one year), with a GPA of no less 2.5, and with a history of community service.
African Methodist Episcopal Church Endowment FundAgency SupportAs support for the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s commitment to education, this Endowment Fund will provide financial assistance to young men and women who are training for the ministry in the A.M.E. Church.
260 Change FundCommunity Enrichment260 Change Fund envisions a thriving community that possesses a sustainable culture of giving through collective philanthropy made possible by unifying resources and empowering agents of change. 
100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee Endowment FundAgency Support100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, established in 1991, charged itself with the mission “to nurture and enhance the growth, development and opportunities for young black males of Middle Tennessee.”
The Tamara and Eddie George Legacy Fund Education, Entertainment, EntrepreneurshipThe Tamara and Eddie George Legacy Fund positively impacts communities by providing financial and community support to organizations and individuals that support excellence in education, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, including providing funds for high-qualified programming and enrichment opportunities.
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