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Grassroots, Black & Giving: How Philanthropy Can Better Support Black-led and Black-benefiting Nonprofits report summary via Nonprofit Quarterly.

We wanted to find out more about the needs of Black-led, Black-supporting organizations and their fundraising behaviors, and what can the larger sector of particularly institutional funders [do to] shift or change some of their practices, requirements, barriers to entry?” Young, Black & Giving Back executive director Ebonie Johnson Cooper tells NPQ.

Scroll down for a full list of Middle Tennessee Black-led nonprofits profiled in

A Portrait of Black-Led Nonprofits 

The report details six key findings from their survey. Overall, they describe Black-led organizations as resourceful and close to the ground in terms of both their missions and institutional knowledge and experience.

The report finds that Black-led nonprofits:

  • Are “grassroots, hyper-local and grounded in communities,” often founded by “leaders who recognize community problems and respond by building infrastructures to address community needs.” Most are led by women and people who are millennials or members of Generation X (that is, people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s) (10).
  • Do “a lot with little,” running on budgets of less than $500,000 annually, with many operating on shoestring budgets of closer to $30,000. Most have small staffs and rely heavily on volunteers; many leaders work side jobs to make ends meet (10).
  • Address “the direct needs of Black communities by focusing on issues related to poverty and economic security,” including health, financial literacy and economic wellness, food insecurity, workforce development, education and youth development (11).
  • Want support to build capacity, with leaders reporting they lack the funds to invest in priorities like individual donor support and would benefit from coaching or training in areas like financial management and fundraising (11).
  • Seek “diverse, authentic and trusting funding partnerships” that serve to genuinely benefit their own needs. Many leaders, the survey found, “believe their organizations are used as a resource to help improve white-led organizations with no clear benefit to their own” (12).
  • Feel “comfortable talking to existing institutional funders about their challenges and presenting their identity authentically,” but also feel pressure to “adapt their message at least somewhat to appeal to white-led philanthropic institutions,” as well as pressure to “accomplish much more with fewer resources than their white-led counterparts” (12).

The good news, the report states, is that “Black-led nonprofits find ways to make an indelible impact on their communities.”

But that impact could be greater and more durable, the report argues, “with a commitment from philanthropic institutions to center investment in these organizations in ways that help them build capacity and pursue social-change strategies most authentic to the communities being served.”

Support Middle Tennessee Black-Led Nonprofits 

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OrganizationImpact Area Link To Profile (clickable)County
4:13 Strong, Inc.Human Services
ABC Sports FoundationCommunity Improvement
African American Cultural AllianceArts & Culture
African American Heritage Society Museum IncArts & Culture
After School AcademyCommunity Improvement
American Heart AssociationHealth
Another Chance Unlimited, Inc.Housing & Shelter
Aphesis House, Inc.Housing & Shelter
Armed Services YMCA of the USA - Fort CampbellEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Aspiring Youth Enrichment ServicesEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
AWAKE Nashville IncHuman Services
B.E. Academy of STEAMEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Backfield in MotionEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Bethlehem Centers of NashvilleHuman Services
Black Girl Lessons IncYouth Development
Black LemonadeCommunity Improvement
Blessed RevelationsHousing & Shelter
Bloom Into DestinyHuman Services
Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle TennesseeYouth Development
Break AwayHuman Services
Breaking The SSickle Cell Cycle Foundation, Inc. Health
Bridging The G-A-P Behavioral Seminars and WorkshopsYouth Development
Brooklyn Heights Community GardenHealth
Cafe Momentum Nashville CorporationYouth Development
Carrie Mae Williams CenterYouth Development
CCSI GroupCommunity Improvement
Center for the Arts IncArts & Culture
Children Are People, Inc.Youth Development
Christian Community Services, Inc.Community Improvement
Chrysalis Oral Health Care AllianceHealth
Civic TNCommunity Improvement
Clarksville Montgomery Co. Adult Literacy CouncilEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Clarksville-Montgomery County Senior Citizens AssociationCommunity Improvement
Coalition of Black Social WorkersHuman Services
Communities In Schools of TennesseeYouth Development
Corner to CornerCommunity Improvement
Corrine's Place of LoveHuman Services
Cumberland Pediatric FoundationHealth
David Jones, Jr. Assisted Living Center, Inc.Human Services
Diamond MinistriesHuman Services
Diamond Youth DevelopmentHuman Services
Dixon Carter Scholarship FundEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Dorothy Marie Kinnard FoundationHealth
Dynamic Young Minorities of Nashville - In the RoughYouth Development
Early Music CityArts & Culture
East Nashville Hope Exchange, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Edgehill Neighborhood PartnershipCommunity Improvement
Education Trust, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Eighteenth Avenue Community CenterEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Elijah's HeartCommunity Improvement
Enlightenment Film AcademyArts & Culture
Equal Chance for EducationEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Equally CreatedEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Exchange Club/Stephens CenterHuman Services
F.A.I.T.H. Cancer Care FoundationHuman Services
F.I.N.D. DesignYouth Development
Family Affair Ministries, Inc.Human Services
Family Foundation FundYouth Development
Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, IncEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Fashioned In His Image Total Women's Center, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Fisk UniversityColleges/Universities
Foston FoundationArts & Culture
Friends of Mill Ridge ParkCommunity Improvement
Friends of the Edmondson Homesite Park & GardensArts & Culture
Gallatin Senior Citizens CenterHealth
Gentry's Education Center at the Store Front, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Inc.Youth Development
Girls on the Run of Middle TennesseeYouth Development
Graceworks Ministries, Inc.Human Services
Growth Enterprises Nashville, IncCommunity Improvement
Healing Arts Project, Inc. / HAPIArts & Culture
Healing in the Margins IncHuman Services
Healing Minds and SoulsCommunity Improvement
Heaven South Inc. / The StoreHealth
Home of Potential and Excellence Inc.Human Services
Homework HotlineEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Hope Center Adoption and Family Services Inc.Human Services
Horizons at University School of NashvilleEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
HUGGS for Inspirational Men and WomenCommunity Improvement
J.C. Movement, IncEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (JUMP)Community Improvement
Kymari House, Inc.Human Services
Launch MentorshipEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
LEAD Public Schools, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the CumberlandsHuman Services
Living Development Concepts Inc.Housing & Shelter
MashUp NashvilleHuman Services
Matthew Walker Health CenterHealth
Maury County Senior Citizens, Inc.Human Services
McNeilly Center for ChildrenYouth Development
MDHA Housing Trust CorporationHousing & Shelter
Meharry Medical CollegeColleges/Universities
Mending Hearts, Inc.Human Services
Missions Development InternationalReligious Institution
Monroe Harding Inc.Youth Development
Moves & Grooves, Inc.Arts & Culture
Mt Olive Cemetery Historical Preservation SocietyEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
My Fathers House NashvilleHuman Services
My Friend's House Family and Children Services IncHuman Services
NASBA Center for the Public TrustYouth Development
Nashville CARESHuman Services
Nashville Community Bail FundCommunity Improvement
Nashville Freedom School PartnershipEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Nashville General Hospital FoundationHealth
Nashville International Center For EmpowermentHuman Services
Nashville State Community College FoundationColleges/Universities
Nashville Teacher ResidencyEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
National Alliance of Panafrican Seminarians (NAPAS)Housing & Shelter
National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Nashville ChaptCommunity Improvement
National Museum of African American MusicArts & Culture
New Hope AcademyEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Next Level Skills College Prep and Recruiting IncEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
One WillCoEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Organized Neighbors of EdgehillCommunity Improvement
Pink ChristmasHuman Services
Preston Taylor MinistriesYouth Development
Project E3Youth Development
Project ReflectEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Project Return, Inc.Human Services
Promise Land Heritage AssociationArts & Culture
Raphah InstituteHuman Services
Renewal HouseHealth
Resurrection MinistriesHuman Services
Rocketship Education Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Royal Table IncYouth Development
Safe Entry, Inc.Health
Salama Urban MinistriesYouth Development
Sams Caregiver Alliance GroupHealth
Scarritt-Bennett CenterEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Seeds of P.R.A.I.S.E.Youth Development
Southeast Center for Cooperative DevelopmentCommunity Improvement
Southeast Community Ventures IncArts & Culture
Spring Hill Enrichment TNCommunity Improvement
Stand Up Nashville IncCommunity Improvement
Stepping Stone Academy FoundationHealth
Street WorksHealth
StreetSolid IndustriesYouth Development
Sumner County CASAHuman Services
Sunnyside Up Youth Pregnancy ServicesHealth
Sweet Sleep, Inc.Human Services
TeamCJColas Uterine Cancer FoundationHuman Services
Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death PenaltyCommunity Improvement
Tennessee Aquatic Project and Development Group Inc.Environment
Tennessee Educators of Color AllianceEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Tennessee Respite CoalitionHuman Services
Tennessee Youth Courts, Inc.Youth Development
TennesseeCAN, Inc.Education (excluding Colleges/Universities)
The Beech Firm Foundation IncYouth Development
The Co-Conspirator InstituteCommunity Improvement
The Contributor Inc.Human Services
The Equity AllianceCommunity Improvement
The Foundation for Justice, Freedom and MercyHuman Services
The Friends of Hubbard HouseHuman Services
The Hope Station, Inc.Human Services
The Housing FundHousing & Shelter
The Kayson Kids FoundationHuman Services
The R.H. Boyd CompanyReligious Institution
The West End ConnectionCommunity Improvement
The WhoPlace FoundationArts & Culture
Transformation Life CenterEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
United Way of Rutherford CountyCommunity Improvement
University School of NashvilleEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Unlimited Potential Community Development CorporationYouth Development
Urban League of Middle TennesseeHuman Services
Verge Theater CompanyArts & Culture
Vine Branch FellowshipHealth
Water WalkersYouth Development
WFSK Jazzy 88Arts & Culture
When We Are Us IncYouth Development
Williamson County CASA, Inc.Human Services
Williamson County Homeless Alliance IncHuman Services
Wilson County Black History CommitteeArts & Culture
Wilson County Civic LeagueYouth Development
Women of Color CollaborativeHuman Services
Women Who Rock IncCommunity Improvement
Young Leaders CouncilEducation (excluding Colleges/Universities)
Youth ChangesCommunity Improvement
Youth Encouragement ServicesYouth Development
YWCA Nashville & Middle TennesseeHuman Services

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