Intern with the Maddox Charitable Fund!

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.