Education

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the Maddox Charitable Fund’s definition of “education”?

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.

+ Will the Maddox Charitable Fund support programs focused on parents and children together?

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.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox interested in?

  • 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.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox less interested in?

  • 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

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Project Transformation’s afterschool literacy development program connects the potential of children with the mentorship of college-age young adults. Components of the program include activity-based literacy intervention, homework assistance, nutrition education, and healthy decision-making. Programs will be offered in three strategic low-income Nashville neighborhoods, serving 25 elementary students each.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Both Empowered to F.L.Y. and its summer extension program, Rebuilt to F.L.Y aims to overcome risk factors that lead to a loss of classroom time due to attendance/disciplinary issues and social anxiety. This is achieved through social-emotional development in the form of mentoring, training, parent and community engagement, and advocacy.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$20,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

This program combines tutoring by certified teachers, innovative academic support software, and weekly one-on-one academic mentoring and intensive case management to ensure high drop-out risk Club members progress on time to the next grade level each year and graduate high school ready for college, trade school, military, or employment.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$30,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

McNeilly provides high quality, affordable early care and education for 60 low-income and at-risk Pre-Kindergarten children, ages 4 and 5, at the McNeilly Meridian St. site. We offer three Pre-K classrooms, including one Metro Nashville Public Schools classroom, and two that participate in the United Way Read to Succeed program.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$12,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

The ability to read and write effectively is the bedrock upon which all learning is built. The ENHE Literacy program seeks to bridge the achievement gap among low income students and their wealthier peers by providing year-round literacy support to students and their parents, including an intensive six-week summer program.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Nations Academy provides targeted literacy interventions and homework assistance 4 days a week for socio-economically needy youth who are learning English as a second or other language. Nations Academy also provides an intensive summer reading program and enrichment experiences.