It's shaping up to be a busy spring, and we hope that The Big Payback has made its way onto your calendars! Learn more about the May 6-7 community-wide online giving event at, and see below for information on contests and trainings related to this exciting event. Also in this newsletter: volunteer management and recognition opportunities and lots of upcoming funding and training dates. Thanks for everything you do!

Beth, Jennifer, and Laurel 

Let's Start the Commotion!
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Tweets with a #BigPayback!

With just one week left until The Big Payback Kick-Off at Music City Center, The Community Foundation is hosting a Twitter contest to "Payback" organizations registered for the
May 6th Giving Day event. Share the tweet below with your advocates and ask them to retweet your message. The organization with the most #BigPayback Twitter mentions will win a  $1000 prize!

The contest will from TODAY, Thursday 2/20, through mid-day on Thursday 2/27, with the winner announced at The Big Payback Kick-Off event on 2/27. You must be registered for the May 6 Big Payback event by that time to be eligible to win.

#BigPayback - Join [Your Org Name or Twitter Handle] on May 6th for @CFMT's 24-hour, community-wide, online giving event.

NOTE: Tweets must include the hashtag #BigPayback and @CFMT to be eligible. Each time your organization is mentioned in a tweet, you'll be one step closer to receiving $1000! Questions? Contact Kelly Walberg, Social Media and Online Marketing Coordinator at or (615) 321-4939 x109.

Want to know more about The Big Payback?   


DON'T FORGET to RSVP for the Kick-Off event to learn more about Middle Tennessee's first 24-hour giving challenge! 


What questions do you have about The Big Payback that you hope will be answered on February 27? What are you most excited about?? Let us know HERE, and we'll be sure to address it. 

Join Us: Upcoming Trainings and "Office Hours"
Need assistance with the requirement for The Big Payback? Or just have general questions about your profile? Let us help!


    Training: Creating a NEW Nonprofit Profile on  
    Mon. March 3, 2:00-3:00
    Tues. March 4, 11:00-12:00
    Space is limited: RSVP to


    Drop In! "Open Office Hours":
    Wed. March 12, 11:00-2:00
    Thurs. March 13, 12:00-3:00
    Fri. March 14, 9:00-12:00
    Come and go for profile assistance. If possible, BYO laptop!
RSVPs necessary.

All trainings held at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
3833 Cleghorn Ave., Nashville, TN 37215
Are You Excellent at Volunteer Engagement?    

Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE), a certification program for Nashville's nonprofits, is the first effort of its kind in the nation. EVE recognizes nonprofits that employ high-quality volunteer management practices with the goal of increasing volunteerism in Davidson County through first-rate volunteer opportunities and experiences. EVE is presented by Mayor Karl Dean's office, the Center for Nonprofit Management, and Hands On Nashville. A panel of judges representing the volunteer community, nonprofits, and civic engagement leaders from the private sector determine which organizations qualify for the two-year certification. Spring 2014 applications will be available on February 25 and are due April 4. Visit for more information, or contact Elizabeth Madsen at
Nominate Your "Hometown Heroes"

Join Darrell Waltrip Automotive in recognizing Middle Tennessee's Hometown Heroes! As a part of their commitment to the community, Darrell Waltrip Automotive honors everyday heroes each month. Has a volunteer, staff member, partner, or client of your organization made an especially  positive impact on your community? Nominate your hero here!

Each month Darrell Waltrip will recognize a hero and make a $500 donation to a charity of their choice. All heroes will receive a special prize package as a recognition of their hero status.
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Opportunities and Deadlines

February 27
- The Big Payback Kick-off Event
February 28 - Gannett Foundation grant applications due

March 3, 11:00-12:00 - New Profile training - RSVP to
March 4, 2:00-3:00 - New Profile training - RSVP to
March 12, 11:00-2:00 - "Office Hours"
March 13, 12:00-3:00 - "Office Hours"
March 13 - Metro Nashville Arts Commission grant applications due
March 14, 9:00-12:00 - "Office Hours"
March 9-11 -  TN Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning, Franklin, TN
March 24-26 - TN Conference on Social Welfare, Nashville, TN
March 27 - HUD Emergency Services Grant applications due
March 28 -  The Big Payback participation agreements AND profile updates due

April 22 - Baptist Healing Trust grant applications due


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
In This Issue
Start the Commotion
Trainings & Office Hours
EVE Certification
Hometown Heroes
Opportunities & Deadlines
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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
3833 Cleghorn Avenue Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37215

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