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
In Edgehill, poverty and crime can be daily experiences. When a parent’s addiction, incarceration or health problems impede girl’s school and life success, ENP’s “The Spot” becomes a community of trust. As a Promise Zone leader, ENP proposes to expand The Spot as a model for neighborhoods addressing similar problems.
The Presidential Scholars program is a merit-based scholarship and leadership development program intended to produce future generations of community leaders. Presidential Scholars will engage in an intense, four-year service-learning and leadership development experience that partners them with a Middle Tennessee agency currently supported by the Maddox Charitable Fund.
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.
PtS educates and empowers Nashville’s under-resourced students through hands-on, garden-based learning in partnership with MNPS and public libraries. Our curriculum aligns gardening to language, literacy, math and science standards, as well as social-emotional learning. Students and teachers work side-by-side in the garden, fostering a strong sense of community and connection.
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.
Our goal is to address the achievement gap and prevent summer slide by helping students stay at their grade levels rather than lose academic skills over the summer. Students spend six weeks each summer on our campus engaged in a program that blends high quality academics with cultural enrichment.