The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee announced Thursday $784,569 in grants to Davidson County nonprofit organizations as part of its annual grantmaking process.
The foundation, which works with nonprofits in 40 Middle Tennessee counties, in 2012 distributed more than $1.3 million to 273 nonprofit organizations throughout 29 Middle Tennessee counties.
“The Community Foundation is honored to connect generosity with need through these annual grants and others throughout the year, but we couldn’t have an impact without the accomplished nonprofits offering solutions to our community’s needs and vital services to our neighbors,” Ellen Lehman, Community Foundation president, said in a release. “Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we are able to invest in the solutions to Middle Tennessee’s emerging needs and opportunities.”
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With the results of a recently released study showing the Memphis nonprofit community suffering a “postrecession recession,” Nashville’s nonprofits, by comparison, are challenged yet stable.
“We haven’t done a study here and don’t have comparables, but if we did, we would find [the situation] would be very different here,” said Lewis Lavine, president of the Rolling Mill Hill-based Center for Nonprofit Management. “We have a very solid philanthropic base in Nashville.”
The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported Sunday the Memphis-based Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence study revealed 72 percent of the Bluff City’s nonprofit organizations saw higher service demands in 2011, and 42 percent said revenues were down. Also, 60 percent of survey respondents last year lost a major funding source, and half saw their federal funding reduced.
Rebecca Finley, communications director with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, said the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence study findings are “surprising” to an extent.
“I wouldn’t have thought it’s as dramatic a loss of funding as the Commercial Appeal reported,” she said.
Finley said CFMT is considering conducting a similar survey for Nashville-area nonprofits.
“We have discussed creating an annual survey,” she said. “We’d like to get more concrete numbers.”
To-date, The Community Foundation has collected $4.35 million of the $5 million from its concert sales or from amounts pledged toward this effort. The nine sold-out concerts, which were held December 16-22, 2010, represent a collaborative effort of organizers and countless volunteers from across the community who donated their time and talent to make the unprecedented series happen. “Our community is indebted to Garth Brooks for not only providing nine amazing concerts and bringing thousands of people to Music City, but for the amazing generosity he has shown for flood victims who are rebuilding their lives,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
“Knowing Davis-Kidd can ‘live on’ through The Community Foundation means a great deal to Thelma and me,” said Karen Davis, one of the store’s founders. “We also hope the fund will have meaning for those who found a community of readers, learners and idea sharers within the stacks and cozy nooks of Davis-Kidd throughout the years.” “The bookstore has provided a unique environment that nurtured a love of reading in people of all ages, from storytime for children to author book signings. We hope that this fund will continue to support those who already love, or are learning to love reading, for years to come,” said Thelma Kidd.