Established in 1995, The H. Franklin Brooks Philanthropic Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee encourages the inclusion, acceptance, and recognition of Middle Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ citizens by supporting a variety of nonprofit programs in Middle Tennessee enhancing the quality of life for the LGBTQ+ community and by building bridges between all segments of the community.

The Brooks Fund is focused on preventing disconnection, promoting understanding, and providing education and is building an endowment to support the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, now and forever.

From The Brooks Fund’s inception to today, we have worked to be a bridge-building entity. We were founded for the purpose of building bridges between the LGBTQ+ community and the community-at-large, and between local nonprofits and donors committed to issues of tolerance and education.

We set out to create a permanent source of funding dedicated to these goals and committed to supporting these efforts in Middle Tennessee. That focus remains the same, and The Brooks Fund’s mission continues to be fulfilled thanks to the generosity and support of many and the dedicated leadership of a talented, diverse group of advisory board members.

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H. Franklin Brooks never really talked about himself because he always wanted to talk about what was going on in the lives of others.

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The Brooks Fund LGBTQ+ History Project

The Brooks Fund History Project is ongoing and diverse multimedia archival record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) life in Middle Tennessee which is...

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The Documentary

Starting in 2009, multiple interviews were conducted chronicling the lives of gay, transgender and bisexual residents, reflecting on life in Middle Tennessee before 1970, and...

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Contact Information

Michael McDaniel

Michael McDaniel

Senior Nonprofit and Endowment Liaison

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