Happy New Year! We hope that you are refreshed, renewed, and ready to tackle the challenges and adventures of 2014! Get ready... this will be a BIG year for the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community, with many exciting opportunities ahead. Please read on for information about several of these upcoming projects. We look forward to a new year with you!

Beth, Jennifer, and Laurel 

Something BIG is on the Way...
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There is no time like the present to update your profile, because something Big is happening in the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community this spring, and you'll need an up-to-date profile to participate!

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's The Big Payback is a new, 24-hour, online giving event. The goal is simple - inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to pay back the life-changing efforts of YOU, our local nonprofit organizations.


On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, we plan to make a Big impact, and we hope you'll join us! Stay tuned for more details and for information about The Big Payback kick-off event - a Nonprofit Summit - in late February

2014 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN SURVEY produces an annual Capital Campaign Report for area funders, providing basic information about upcoming nonprofit Capital Campaigns to those who may be interested in supporting your efforts. Information for this report is gathered with a brief Capital Campaign Survey. This short survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Whether or not your organization is currently planning a capital campaign, please respond to the survey to ensure the most accurate data possible
. Submit only one response per nonprofit. Responding organizations will receive an electronic copy of this report in early April.

January GivingMatters/GuideStar Data Transfer  

As part of's partnership with, the websites "share" data several times each year. This process is intended to save Middle Tennessee nonprofits time and effort by eliminating the need for organizations to regularly update multiple profiles.

The next Data Transfer is scheduled for Friday, January 31. If you would like updated information from your profile to transfer to GuideStar, submit changes to by Thursday, January 23. If you miss this deadline, don't worry - your information will transfer next quarter! 

Only profiles meeting these criteria will be included:

  • Organizations must have unique EINs (not shared with a fiscal agent, parent organization, etc.);
  • Profiles must be complete and publicly viewable;
  • Profiles must have current expiration dates (have not passed their expiration date);
  • Profiles must have been updated since the September 2013 data transfer (those updated prior to that time would have been included in the last transfer)

If, for any reason, you do not want your profile information to be part of this data transfer, please notify us ASAP.

Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning Call for Proposals

Request for Proposals DUE January 24, 2014


The Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning aims to increase service and volunteerism across Tennessee as a means of problem-solving throughout all stages of life. The conference will encourage service leaders and participants to collaborate to address needs in Tennessee while utilizing service as a vehicle for education and change. Organizations are invited to submit proposals to present a workshop or exhibit at the conference, March 9-11 at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, TN.

Nominate Your Outstanding Volunteers!
Show your outstanding volunteers the recognition they deserve by nominating them for the distinguished
Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards. Nominations are due February 14. Award Recipients will be announced at a luncheon on April 22.  
Opportunities and Deadlines

January 23 - Deadline to submit changes to be included in GivingMatters/GuideStar Data Transfer (see above)
January 31 - GivingMatters/GuideStar Data Transfer begins (see above)
January 24 - TN Conference on Volunteerism & Service-Learning Workshop/Exhibit proposals due

February 14 - Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Awards nominations due
February 28 - Gannett Foundation grant applications due
February (TBA) - The Big Payback Kick-off Event (more details to come!)

March 9-11 -  TN Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning, Franklin, TN
March 24-26 - TN Conference on Social Welfare, Nashville, TN

May 6 - The Big Payback

Rolling Deadlines:

Ingram Industries Charities 

Frist Foundation 

The Memorial Foundation 


*Discover Nonprofit Workshops at the Center for Nonprofit Management
*Read about Upcoming Funding Opportunities on the NPO Homepage
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The Big Payback
Capital Campaign Survey
Winter Data Transfer
Strobel Award Nominations
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