Need to bolster your fundraising or capacity-building efforts this summer and fall? You are in luck - grant opportunities and nonprofit trainings abound! Check out this month's newsletter for details, and for other ways you can be spreading the word about your organization. Thanks for all that you do for our Middle Tennessee community!

Beth, Jennifer, and Laurel 

GuideStar Introduces New "Participation Levels"  
GuideStar The GuideStar Exchange, a national partner of, has introduced new "Participation Levels" - moving from a seal-holder tiered system to a program with three clear levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each level asks that nonprofits share increasing amounts of information about their work (basic information, financial information, and impact information). To encourage transparency, the program has expanded its benefits so that the more information a nonprofit provides, the more benefits it receives. Read more about levels of participation here.

To save Middle Tennessee nonprofits time, shares your public-facing profile data with GuideStar several times each year. Organizations with up-to-date profiles at the time this new system went into effect automatically qualified for Silver Status because of your commitment to transparency and the information posted on your profile! Want to achieve an even higher tier? Learn how


Profile data from updates GuideStar every 3-4 months, so continue to update your profiles at to ensure your most recent data displays across these platforms. 

Reminder: CFMT Grant Application Deadline Approaching 
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee awards nonprofit grants annually for a broad array of charitable purposes. Discretionary grants are awarded to respond to new programs, emerging needs, and innovative services for the benefit of the community. Applications are accepted from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations serving Middle Tennessee. Please take note of the following important deadlines:
  • July 18 - deadline for NEW profile requests 
  • July 25 - profiles of all applicants must be fully updated (changes submitted)
  • August 1Online grant application due
Learn more about how CFMT grantmaking works, and access the online grant application.

Let's Get Social! 

Is your nonprofit following on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus? If not, join the family!

Following on social media will ensure that you are "in the know" about upcoming opportunities and nonprofit news, and will allow us to share about the great work that YOU are doing in our Middle Tennessee communities!
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Upcoming Trainings at the Center for Nonprofit Management    
Need additional training for your nonprofit's board or staff members? The Center for Nonprofit Management offers training, consulting, and evaluation programs to meet the education needs of nonprofits in Middle Tennessee. Upcoming workshops include:
  • July 22 - Art of Leadership
  • July 23 - Nonprofit Accounting
  • July 24 - Strategic Planning Clinic
  • July 25 - Developing Critical Management Skills: Confident Communications
  • July 30 - Donor Databases
  • July 31 - Dealing with Tough "People" Issues
  • August 1 - An Effective Volunteer Program: Planning for Success
Learn more and register at
Opportunities and Deadlines

July 24
- Baptist Healing Trust full proposal deadline (GM profiles to be updated by July 17)

August 1 - Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee grant application deadline (GM profiles to be updated by July 25)
August 15 - Gannett Foundation Community Grant Program application deadline

September 13 - HCA Foundation grant application deadline

Rolling Deadlines:

Ingram Industries Charities 

Frist Foundation 

The Memorial Foundation 


*Find free Foundation Center webinars
*Discover Nonprofit Workshops at the Center for Nonprofit Management
*Read about Upcoming Funding Opportunities on the NPO Homepage
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Red White and Brew

 Red White and Brew

The Tomorrow Fund invites you  to Red White and Brew - a late summer fest with red and white wine, local brews, food, music and games - August 24 at the East Centric Pavilion!

Proceeds from the event support The Tomorrow Fund, which builds community awareness and responsibility in Middle Tennessee's young professionals by establishing a pattern of community service and charitable giving.
Wanderlust Returns August 16!


"Come Fly With Us" aboard the 9th annual Wanderlust and Travel Raffle event! Your journey begins with your passport to Anthem (125 12th Avenue North, Nashville), where you will tour Rio de Janeiro, Honolulu, Shanghai and Paris. Be transported through the sights, sounds, destination edibles and cocktails along with themed live auction packages.

Event proceeds support The Brooks Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, encouraging the inclusion, acceptance and recognition of Middle Tennessee's GLBT citizens and building bridges between all segments of the community.

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Beth Groves Manager

Laurel Fisher Associate

Jennifer Schwartzenberg
Director, Community Initiatives

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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
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Nashville, TN 37215

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