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:

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.