Mural Artists (above): Michael J. McBride

Give Black, Give Back Nonprofit Connections

The Community Foundation initiated its discretionary grantmaking in 1994 and since that time has made grants to thousands of nonprofit organizations from Middle Tennessee, including many Black-led and many serving the Black community.

The team leading grantmaking at the Foundation welcomes and encourages organizations new to the process to reach out and learn more about the resources available to support the work of the nonprofit community.

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CFMT Discretionary Grantmaking

The Community Foundation awards grants annually to nonprofits for a broad array of charitable purposes in areas such as education, the environment, the arts, health, and social services. Applications for discretionary grants are accepted annually from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations serving Middle Tennessee. We are particularly interested in grant proposals addressing currently unmet community needs and providing long-term solutions.

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The Community Foundation launched this database of high-quality, comprehensive information about more than 1,600 Middle Tennessee nonprofits more than a decade ago as a service to both donors and nonprofits. features information on nonprofit programming, financials, management, and governance. Organizations with updated profiles are eligible to apply for The Community Foundation’s discretionary grant process.

In addition to the Community Foundation’s opportunities,  the following funders also require a completed Giving Matters profile to apply for grants:

AWC Foundation, Caterpillar Financial, Frist Foundation, HCA Foundation, The Healing Trust, Joe C. Davis Foundation, Maddox Fund, Memorial Foundation,  Metro Arts Commission, Nashville Predators Foundation, Suntrust (Truist) Foundation, Turner Foundation, United Way of Greater Nashville and others.



The Healing Trust mission is to support and partner with communities to advance racial equity and eliminate health disparities through advocacy and strategic investments. The Healing Trust has awarded over $100 million to over 400 health-related agencies in Middle Tennessee. In 2022, The Trust awarded $4.5M to grantee partners. $1.5M of those dollars went to nonprofits whose leaders are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. In addition to providing grants, The Trust also provides resources for health-related nonprofits and other service agencies including complimentary space for board meetings, trainings, and retreats, workshops, self-care retreats, leadership programs, internships, and sabbatical grants to help these critical nonprofits operate and serve their communities.

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Urban League of Middle Tennessee

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of thousands in underserved communities across Middle Tennessee.

The Urban League spearheads the development of social programs and authoritative public policy research, and advocates for policies and services that close the equality gap. At the community level, the Urban League of Middle Tennessee and its affiliates provide direct services that improve the lives of thousands of people annually.

The mission of the Urban League is to promote economic empowerment through education and job training, housing and community development, workforce development, entrepreneurship, health, and quality of life.

As a partner of the Give Black, Give Back initiative, Urban League assists with training in the areas of marketing, grantwriting, board governance, and business finance for up to five nonprofits that are in need of updating the pertinent information on GivingMatters profile pages.

Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Advisory Committee: Give Black | Give Back

Pictured: Give Black, Give Back’s advisory committee members Eric Brown, Kia Jarmon, Lisa Swift Young, Antonio Young attending the 52nd Annual Equal Opportunity Luncheon in late February 2020.