Joseph Gutierrez

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.

Celebrating 10 Years of Philanthropy

Ten years ago the Maddox Charitable Fund returned to Middle Tennessee to continue Dan and Margaret’s philanthropic legacy.  To celebrate this milestone year, we have refreshed our look, including an updated logo and website.

As part of the celebration, we will be making special 10-year anniversary grants.  To find out more about these opportunities, check out our 10-year anniversary page!

2018 The Find Design

New Partner Spotlight: The FIND Design

This year, the Maddox Charitable Fund will be supporting The FIND Design. The FIND Design strengthens youth achievement and increases the opportunity for success through mentoring, case management, outreach and parent engagement for teens in the Antioch area. During the month of June they are offering a 4-week intensive program for middle and high school girls called, Rebuilt to F.L.Y. The FIND Design also offers programming during the school year aimed at reducing absenteeism and increasing student performance through a partnership with MNPS.

Volunteers are always welcome! Some available volunteer opportunities this summer include, light office duties, field trip chaperones and classroom assistants. If you’re interested in the organization or their volunteer opportunities, check them out on their website or their Giving Matters profile.

New Partner Spotlight: Nashville Freedom Schools

The Maddox Charitable Fund is happy to partner with the Nashville Freedom Schools this year. The Freedom Schools provides a six-week summer literacy program to African-American, Latinx, and biracial children from at-risk communities. With the theme, “I Can Make a Difference,” young scholars engage with books and enrichment activities that celebrate Black and Latinx heritage and learn from young Servant Leaders that mirror their own life experiences.

The Nashville Freedom Schools would love to have you volunteer this summer! Volunteer opportunities include: reading aloud to youth, mentoring junior interns, and helping to lead classes. If you’re interested in these and other ways to help, please check out their volunteer opportunities.

2018 Maddox Grantees

The Maddox Charitable Fund is thankful for Middle Tennessee’s vibrant nonprofit sector meeting many of the area’s most pressing education, youth and conservation needs. We are pleased to partner with 69 area nonprofits that work every day to create opportunity and to make our communities stronger.

The applications for the 2019 grant cycle will open this fall.