Promoting equity in educational opportunities
From kindergarten to college, from afterschool programs to summer learning, from literacy to teacher pipeline, the Maddox Charitable Fund partners with education initiatives that advance student achievement because knowledge and education are transformative.
Frequently Asked Questions
In general, the Charitable Fund is looking for programs that promote academic advancement and social emotional learning for Pre-K (4/5 year olds) through traditional college age.
The Charitable Fund’s focus is on children and youth. Any proposal including parents and family (i.e., parent involvement in a child’s education, parent education, etc.) would need to demonstrate a direct benefit to children and youth and the stated outcomes would need to be child-centered. These proposals would likely be less competitive.
The Charitable Fund will not support family emergency assistance, including programs which provide rent and utility assistance, food and clothing.
- Pre-K programs
- Academic support and preparation programs, including tutoring services
- Programs that can demonstrate direct impact on academic success
- Summer or after-school academic enrichment
- Math and reading programs
- Positive decision-making programs
- Social-emotional learning that is not clinical counseling
- Programs may be provided in a formal school setting or in a setting external to school.
- Programs for adults
- Parent education programs
- Early Childhood Programs
- Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact
- GED/HiSET programs
- Arts or music education programs
- Programs focused on infants and toddlers
- Counseling programs
- Post-secondary studies (i.e., graduate school, professional school)
- Independent Charter Schools without a CMO
- Independent Charter Schools without proven academic outcomes
- College assistance for adults
- Education programs that are general in nature (i.e., homebuyer’s education, health education, financial literacy, continuing education, animal population control education, arts education, etc.)
- School volunteer programs or PTSO organizations
The Charitable Fund will not support:
- Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
- General scholarship programs
- Graduate school scholarship programs
- Infant and Toddler programs
Did you know?
Dan and Margaret graduated from high school, but college was economically out of reach for them. They understood how education creates paths to opportunity and wanted to create a way for low-income youth to realize their dreams.
Featured education partners
Girls Inc. at the YWCA serves 360 at-risk girls through in-school programming, spring break camp, and summer camp. The key objective of Girls Inc. is to equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
St. Luke’s Youth Education Program educates, empowers and equips 105 pre-K-8th graders with the education and skills they need to be successful. Through partnership with Preston Taylor Ministries and an emphasis on literacy and social and emotional learning, St. Luke’s provides quality care and education opportunities for Nashville students.
United4Hope brings together faith-based organizations and public schools to see Nashville’s students thrive and our communities transformed by serving in four primary roles: student support, family engagement, staff encouragement, and in-kind contributions. The primary focus is on supporting MNPS Reading and Math Literacy initiatives and social-emotional support programs.
Through tuition assistance, intensive mentoring, networking, and career guidance, ECE is cultivating young leaders of our community through a college degree. ECE currently supports 148 DACA students at 8 Tennessee universities who are ineligible for financial aid, student loans, and in-state tuition rates because of their legal status.
CISTN embeds dedicated Site Coordinators inside Metro Nashville Public Schools to identify students who are chronically absent; establish strategic plans for the school and students; and broker needed services. Whether it’s empowering families, counseling or providing food, CISTN Site Coordinators surround low-income youth students with a community of support.
The Stars of Bethlehem Program is a comprehensive year-round program for North Nashville children and youth in Kindergarten -8th Grade. The program provides a safe, supervised environment for these at-risk youth, providing academic tutoring and enrichment to ensure educational success, mentoring to ensure social success and health and fitness.