Joseph Gutierrez

2019 Maddox Grants

The Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund is grateful for its nonprofit partners working to improve the lives of young people and furthering wildlife conservation in Middle Tennessee. To be notified when the next grant application opens, please sign up here.

Meet Aleyda!

In 2018, the Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary.  As part of the celebration, we made three $10,000 grants for nonprofit organizations to create fellowship positions that give young people the chance to be meaningfully engaged in nonprofit work.

One of the nonprofit organizations to receive this grant is FiftyForward, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that works toward improving the life of those 50 and over.  Aleyda is originally from New York but has been in Nashville for the past seven years.  She graduated from Overton High in 2014 and is currently a senior at Middle Tennessee State University.  She’ll be graduating this May with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. 

For her fellowship, Aleyda spends her time helping at the FiftyForward Station on Rains Avenue.  One of the most surprising things for her was just the amount of work needed to make a nonprofit function while meeting its mission.  Aleyda is exposed to a lot of different experiences and is building on a variety skills.  As a bilingual speaker, she is uniquely positioned to contribute to FiftyForward’s work and is doing outreach in Nashville’s aging Latinx community. 

Aleyda is thankful for FiftyForward giving her this opportunity.  At the end of her fellowship, Aleyda sees herself continuing to work in the community and hopes to pursue a masters degree in social work or public health. 

Maddox Stands for Accessible Opportunities for All Students

Since 2008, the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund has been partnering with nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of young people in Middle Tennessee.  Core to our values is knowing that education and knowledge are transformative.  Understanding this as an education funder, we feel that Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) will be a detriment to ensuring that all children can access high-quality educational opportunities.

Intern with the Maddox Charitable Fund!

UPDATE 4/15/2019: This position has been filled. For any questions or if you are interested in a similar opportunity, please contact Joseph – joseph@maddoxcharitablefund.org

Over the past year, we have been exploring the role of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our work and the work of our nonprofit partners.  The purpose of this research position is to find a better understanding of how our nonprofit partner organizations understand DEI, how it currently shapes their work, and what they need to advance equity in their mission.  The opportunity will provide graduate-level students learning experiences in research, nonprofit work, and philanthropy. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please see our job posting on Center for Nonprofit Management:

2019 Maddox Budget Workshop

 

We’ll also be having in-person budget workshops at our office this year on 12/12/2018 and 1/8/2019.  We have limited seating so if you’re interested in attending one of those, please send an e-mail to joseph@maddoxcharitablefund.org.

How to Start the Maddox Grant Application

Here are the dates and times for an in-person budget workshop for 2019:

  • Wednesday, December 12th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, January 8th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Budget workshops are held at the Maddox office at 100 Taylor Street, Suite A-20, Nashville, TN 37208.  If you’d like to attend, please e-mail joseph@maddoxcharitablefund.org.  Please limit attendance to 2 people from your organization as space in our office is limited.

10-Year Anniversary Grant Recipients

For our 10-Year Anniversary, we celebrated by creating special grant opportunities for young people.

We awarded 13 scholarships to young nonprofit professionals in Middle Tennessee to pursue professional development at the Center for Nonprofit Management.  The scholarship recipients were:

  • Ameshica Linsey, East Nashville Hope Exchange
  • Chelsea Cahill, Book ‘Em
  • Dan Fitzgerald, Harpeth Conservancy
  • Diarese George, Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance
  • Janelle Wommer, Operation Andrew Group
  • JC Torres, Conexion Americas
  • Jessica Holman, Harvest Hands
  • Jomilla Newsom, Tennessee Environmental Council
  • Katie Kuhl, Crossroads Campus
  • Lacey Lane, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation
  • Laura Herrell, Martha O’Bryan Center
  • Nicholas Weaver, 100 Black Men
  • Violet Gau, Big Brothers Big Sisters & Monroe Harding

These young nonprofit professionals will be able to use these scholarships on CNM’s workshops and certificate programs.

We also made three $10,000 grants for nonprofit organizations to create fellowship positions that gave young people the chance to be meaningfully engaged in nonprofit work.  Three organizations were selected: 100 Black Men, FiftyForward, and Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).

We thank everyone that submitted application to both these opportunities.  We will continue to think critically about to support our emerging nonprofit leaders.

A Quick Note of Thanks

This was our family reunion after 10 years of building partnerships in Middle Tennessee– as Leslie Garcia so eloquently captured in her spoken word.

As in any reunion, we were able to reconnect with folks we have not seen in years as well as see close friends in a new context.  It was especially meaningful to Joseph and me to be with all our partners across the Maddox interest areas: education, low-income youth and wildlife conservation.

We hope you were able to learn how to read to a 3rd grader, paint by the number and walk in the shoes of an undocumented youth – all while visiting food trucks, watching doughjoe capture Maddox in art and going bonanza at the photo booth.

The Maddox Charitable Fund has been blessed with strong nonprofit partners and committed board members. We look forward to working with you over the next 10 years.

The Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund

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If you missed out on the celebration, you can look watch the program on facebook or check out some photos from the event.

Centering Our Website on Relationships, Accessibility and Transparency

Evolution pulls us forward to be more than we otherwise imagined ourselves to be. This has certainly been true of the Maddox Charitable Fund. After emerging from a decade-long legal struggle, this once conservative foundation wanted only to fly below the radar and assume a low profile. The original website reflected this intent with stodgy gray tones, limited information about grantmaking priorities and stern, formal pictures of our founders, making them — and us — unapproachable. The website bespoke a transactional as opposed to a visionary approach to grantmaking. Ten years later, it no longer represented who or what Maddox had become.

This is an excerpt from a featured article on Grantmakers for Effective Organizations about the principles that guided us in designing our new website.  To read the full article, check it out here.