New applicants

Welcome

The Maddox Charitable Fund has a history of long-term relationships with existing nonprofit partners.  At the same time, we have added new partners in each of our grant cycles.

Step 1

Read our website and our FAQ page. It will give you a deep insights into Maddox priorities and past investments.  Be sure to look at the eligibility requirements and exclusions.

Step 2

If you think Maddox might support your program after completing your research, call the office.  We want to talk to you about your work and best strategies for approaching the Maddox Charitable Fund. We can also save your valuable time if Maddox is not the right partner for your program going forward.

Step 3

 While not required, we recommend that you attend a budget workshop before submitting an application.  The workshop will help you construct a strong budget so that your application is more compelling.

Step 4

Be sure to keep your Giving Matters profile up-to-date.  The Maddox Charitable Fund will reference GivingMatters.com for board names and demographics, 990s and audits, program descriptions and leadership bios.

Step 5

If you decided Maddox is a good match for you, please submit an application through the online system by the January deadline. Our staff will be available to you through the application process.  However, we recommend you call well in advance of the deadline.  As the deadline approaches, the staff is responding to multiple requests for information as well as technology assistance.

Please be sure to click the “Submit” button by the deadline. Applications submitted past the date/time deadline cannot be accepted.

Step 6

Follow Maddox on Facebook and Twitter and stay up-to-date with announcements and information about our nonprofit partners.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ How does the online system work?

  • User Log-In:Create a password, with your email address as a username. If you are applying on behalf of more than one organization, please use separate email addresses for each organization. We will not share your email address with any other organization.
  • Email Confirmation:Your email will be used to confirm that we received your application.
  • Start Now, Finish Later:Your username and password will let you save an in-process application for up to 120 days. As long as you access and change your application at least once every 120 days, the saved application will remain in your file.
  • Submit:  Be sure to click SUBMIT by the application deadline. If you do not SUBMIT the proposal the Maddox Charitable Fund cannot access it.  Late proposals will not be accepted.

+ What do new applicants need to know about GivingMatters.com?

Giving Matters logo

GivingMatters.com is a community information system allowing nonprofits to present their full story to donors–programs, management, governance and finances.  The Maddox Charitable Fund uses GivingMatter.com to gather background information on applicants.  By accessing GivingMatters.com, we can keep our application short and save your time.

It is important to keep your profile up-to-date from the Maddox due date through the May grant announcement.  We will be accessing the profile throughout our discernment process.

Specifically, be sure the following are up-to-date:

  • 990 for most recent fiscal year (if not complete, explain in the comments section)
  • Audit for most recent fiscal year (if an audit, review or compilation is available)
  • Board of Directors, attendance, demographics, financial support, etc.
  • Management with biographical information
  • IRS Letter

For assistance updating your GivingMatters.com profile, contact the appropriate coach based on your organization’s legal name. Nicole Rose works with organizations beginning with a number or letters A-L; Kathryn Bennett works with organizations beginning with M-Z. They can be reached at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee by calling 615-321-4939 or via email at givingmatters@cfmt.org.

+ How can Maddox help our organization with capacity building?

Maddox works with the Center for Nonprofit Management to offer capacity building services (strategic planning, development plan, program evaluation…).  Services are offered on a sliding fee scale.  You can call CNM directly or ask a Maddox staff member to connectcenter nonprofit management logo you.

CNM will work with you to identify the best approach and a skilled consultant (you can ask for more than one consultant to interview for the right organizational match).   CNM will then write a proposal to Maddox to access our match funding.