Finally, the weather is warmer and the days are longer. So shake off those winter blues and get moving - there's LOTS to accomplish this spring! Thanks for everything you do,

Beth, Jennifer, and Laurel 

Capital Campaign Contest Winner
Thanks to the 393 organizations that responded to our 2014 Capital Campaign Survey! Safe Haven Family Shelter was chosen at random from the submission list to win a CFMT Charitable Giving Card, redeemable to their organization. Congrats!

This annual survey and report is an important tool for those Middle Tennessee funders interested in supporting large campaigns of this kind. Your participation helps improve our sector as a whole. Thank you! Look for the completed report on next month.
Still not registered for The Big Payback?
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What are you waiting for?!

Organizations with profiles have already met the major requirement to participate. Simply turn in the Participation Agreement found at and make sure your profiles are updated by March 28 to join the 400+ other nonprofits who will be part of the fun!

Want to know more about Middle Tennessee's first-ever Giving Day or view the presentation from the February Kick-Off Event? Do so at
2013 Charitable Giving Report Findings Suggest Shift in Fundraising Strategy
While the highest percentage of charitable giving still takes place in December, key findings from the 2013 Charitable Giving Report (derived from The Blackbaud Index) show that many nonprofits are successfully moving away from dependence on year-end giving through simple shifts in strategy. Trends toward special campaigns like end-of-fiscal-year pushes in June or Giving Day events are driving donors to think (and act!) in new ways when it comes to charitable giving. 


Other important findings:

  • 2013 saw the largest year-over-year increase in charitable giving since the "Great Recession."  
  • Overall giving grew 4.9% in 2013, while online giving grew 13.5%.
  • Online giving accounted for 6.4% of all charitable giving in 2013.
  • Large organizations saw the greatest increase in overall giving, while small nonprofits grew their online giving the most.
  • Faith-based nonprofits had the biggest increase in online giving.
View the full report at

Opportunities and Deadlines

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 4 - Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) Certification applications due
April 9
- Davidson Co. Community Needs Evaluation released
April 18 - Center for Nonprofit Management's Salute to Excellence applications 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
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2013 Giving Trends
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