Our 2021 Advisory Board
The Tomorrow Fund Advisory Board is committed to providing a training ground for the future leaders of Middle Tennessee’s philanthropic and outreach efforts.
- Hilary Dennen, President
- Sarah Ferraro, Vice President
- Austin Warehime, Secretary
- Lynsey Beros
- Will Brandt
- Derria Ford
- Samantha Gutter
- Jordan Haller
- La’Kishia Harris
- Craig Hildreth
- Zachary Roberts
- Ray Rouillier
- Carsyn Snagg
- Meredith Taylor
- Alisha Turner
- Austin Warehime
- John Williams
- Nicole Rose, The Tomorrow Fund Coordinator
Interested in becoming a Tomorrow Fund Board Member? Here’s what that entails:
- Joining the Board is a three-year commitment and all members pay annual dues. Many of our members join the first year, and then get into more complex leadership roles during their 2nd and 3rd years. Terms begin on January 1st and end on December 31st though admission is rolling. All members who join after October 1st will begin their terms the following year. To join the Board, one must submit a resume for review and a short bio about why you’d like to join. All current members then vote on whether to approve the candidate’s membership. Candidate requirements include primary residence in Metropolitan Nashville as well as being between the ages of 22 to 35. The annual dues are $100.
- Attend most Board Meetings and serve on one committee. Board meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For the unforeseeable future, all meetings will be held remotely via Zoom due to the pandemic.
- Participate in grantmaking (this is our FAVORITE perk!). Each year Board members use The Tomorrow Fund to recommend grants to Middle Tennessee nonprofits serving children. In 2020, we supported The Family Center with $5500 to increase positive parenting/child connections for 250 families via parenting groups or individual coaching and $2400 to Nashville Children’s Alliance to reduce trauma of child abuse by facilitating a multidisciplinary team to detect, investigate, prosecute, and treat child abuse cases.
- Plan social events. Board Members and Tomorrow Fund friends plan and attend Happy Hours, often held once quarterly. Members of the social committee plan the location, date, and time of the event. All members then invite their social networks allowing us all to make new friends.
- Plan community service opportunities. Board members and Tomorrow Fund friends are invited to attend our community service events held once quarterly. Members of the service committee reach out primarily to nonprofits that serve children, then plan date, time, and location. All members then invite their social networks allowing for maximum impact.
- Plan our annual fundraising event. This event has changed throughout the years, but the premise is always the same, raise money with a fun party to support nonprofit organizations in Nashville that serve children. In most recent years, The Tomorrow Fund has hosted the summer bash Red, White & Brew, a July 4th-themed celebration that features live music, games, yummy eats, delicious cocktails, and karaoke. In 2020, this event was canceled due to the pandemic. Members of the event committee help to plan and execute this event, but all members attend and invite their friends to join in on the fun.
- Participate in the Giving Tree program. Held every December, members are required to support at least one child for the Giving Tree to help supplement a family’s holiday spending and also invite their friends and family to do the same. For fourteen years, this project has become a holiday tradition for many of our members and alumni. In 2020, the Giving Tree supported 120 children from four partnering childcare centers.
Still interested in joining? Reach out to Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.