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2020 Grant Announcement

With gratitude for the compassion and determination of our nonprofit partners, The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund is honored to announce our 2020 grants to support education, marginalized youth, and wildlife conservation in Middle Tennessee.

The discernment of our grant committee and board was unique this year. Applications were submitted on January 15, a lifetime ago in the wake of the tornados and the spread of the coronavirus. Making decisions about future funding in a season of uncertainty was humbling, to say the least.

The Maddox discussions focused around two primary themes:

Trust:  We trust our nonprofit partners to know the needs of the people and environments they serve, as well as the best way to redesign programs to meet those needs.

Flexibility: Program descriptions and outcomes written on January 15 are, in many cases, obsolete. We will be flexible, listening to and working with our partners to best meet our shared missions to better the lives of young people and further wildlife conservation.

In 2019, The Maddox Fund made a commitment to equity and justice, stating: “Undergirding this commitment is the conviction that all human beings are interconnected, not just with one another, but with all of nature – a belief that makes our desire to foster connection and a sense of belonging even more urgent.”

Over the past several months we have learned that connection and belonging are essential to our well-being – indeed, to our survival – and yet xenophobia and racism, as well as our continued disregard for creation divide us. The Maddox board of directors remains committed both to dismantling historic systems that marginalize our neighbors and to creating liberating systems to take their place.  

In times of crisis we may be tempted to suspend our core values, but we must remember that crises are everyday realities for our neighbors who struggle on the margins and for environments threatened by deregulation and abuse.  Maddox will live out its commitment to justice and equity for people and all of nature through our 2020 partnerships with 71 organizations.

  • 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
  • American Baptist College
  • American Muslim Advisory Council
  • Belmont University
  • Bethlehem Centers Of Nashville
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  • Book Em
  • Boys & Girls Club Of Maury County Inc.
  • Communities In Schools of Tennessee
  • Conexion Americas
  • Crossroads Campus
  • Cumberland River Compact
  • East Nashville Hope Exchange, Inc.
  • Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership
  • Equal Chance For Education
  • FiftyForward
  • Fisk University
  • Franktown Open Hearts
  • Friends of Mill Ridge Park
  • Gallatin Shalom Zone
  • Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  • Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation
  • Hands on Nashville
  • Harpeth Conservancy
  • Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation
  • Homework Hotline
  • Horizons @ University School of Nashville
  • King’s Daughters Child Development Center
  • Launch Pad
  • Legacy Mission Village
  • Lewis County Historical Society
  • Lipscomb University
  • Martha O’Bryan Center
  • McNeilly Center For Children Inc
  • Monroe Harding
  • Nashville Freedom School Partnership
  • Nashville International Center for Empowerment
  • Nashville Peacemakers
  • Nashville Public Education Foundation
  • Nashville Public Library Foundation
  • Nashville Teacher Residency
  • Nations Ministry Center
  • Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter
  • Oasis Center
  • Operation Andrew Group, Inc.
  • PENCIL Foundation
  • Persist Nashville, Inc.
  • Project Transformation Tennessee
  • Raphah Institute
  • Safe Haven Family Shelter
  • Salama Urban Ministries
  • Southern Word Inc
  • St. Luke’s Community House
  • Teach For America Inc
  • Tennessee Aquatic Project And Development Group Inc
  • Tennessee Educators Of Color Alliance
  • Tennessee Environmental Council
  • Tennessee Immigrant And Refugee Rights Coalition
  • Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Tennessee State University Foundation
  • Tennessee Wildlife Federation
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation
  • The F.I.N.D., (Families in Need of Direction)Design
  • The Land Trust For Tennessee
  • Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center
  • Why We Can’t Wait
  • Women of Color Collaborative
  • Workers’ Dignity Project
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of Middle Tennessee (YMCA)
  • Youth Incorporated
  • YWCA

The Maddox Board of Directors gives thanks for the generosity of Dan and Margaret Maddox that continues to serve the Middle Tennessee community.

Mission: To better our community through partnerships that improve the lives of young people and further wildlife conservation.


  • We believe education and knowledge are transformative
  • We champion just and equitable systems and policies
  • We manage our resources with integrity and transparency
  • We honor the voices of marginalized communities
  • We engage our work with humility and curiosity
  • We celebrate courageous leadership
  • We embrace the shared responsibility to better our community and protect our wildlife habitats

Deep Roots Connect Us

Picture of a broken tree with a text overlay that says, "Deep roots connect us."

Trees are on my heart these days. The scarecrow remains of a once noble walnut, all but the trunk and a few branches torn from it by the tornado. My son’s tire swing was roped around that tree. The mounds of limbs and torsos at curbs unceremoniously hauled away by hulking clawed machines. To say nothing of the many fallen trees that have caved-in the roofs of homes they’ve sheltered for generations.

Maddox Sponsors Anti-Racism Training at Center for Nonprofit Management

“Not everything that is faced can be changed,  but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin

“If not now, when?  If not us, who?”    John Lewis

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”   Hopi Nation Elders

Over the past year, the Maddox Charitable Fund has been talking about equity. While we are early in our journey, we are convinced that we can’t walk alone; we need partners to create a strong movement for change.

The Maddox Charitable Fund, along with the HCA Foundation, The Healing Trust and the Metro Arts Commission, is partnering with Center for Nonprofit Management to bring Crossroads’ anti-racism training back to Nashville.  Education is the first step in order to chart a transformative course.

We invite our partners to consider an available training in 2019 (see descriptions and registration below).  If you need scholarship assistance to participate, please contact us.  Don’t let registration fees stand in your way.

Later in the year, we will be hosting Maddox Listening Meetings to hear directly from our partners about your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans.  We want to learn from your ideas, directions and work, as well as listen to your concerns.  Please sign up for a session when the invitation is sent.

The Maddox Charitable Fund’s mission is only possible with strong nonprofit partners.  We’re thankful for your companionship on the road ahead.

Maddox Stands to Protect the Clean Water Act. Join us!

Please join us by following this link and add your voice by submitting a public comment to protect our water before April 15.

Middle Tennessee’s waterways are plentiful and diverse.  We depend on our rivers and streams for drinking water, commercial navigation, recreation and the rich array of plants and animals that give our region its character and make it our home.  The Maddox Charitable Fund is opposed to any changes to the Clean Water Act or to definitions of “waters of the United States” that would remove existing protections of major waterways, their tributaries, adjacent wetlands and ephemeral streams.

Maddox Stands with Immigrant Families

Public Charge is Detrimental to Educational Success

As an education funder committed to improving the futures of marginalized students, the Maddox Charitable Fund joins foundations across the nation to express our profound concern over the “public charge” overhaul that would significantly change immigration policy. The proposed rule consideration would erode the resilience of working families while straining schools, nonprofits and other community institutions.