The USA TODAY NETWORK’s A Community Thrives grant program attracted more than 70 Nashville nonprofits’ requests for funding for programs designed to make our community better.
A Community Thrives is a program that allows nonprofits to share their great ideas on a national stage, gain support through donations and local connections, and then get a shot at some of the $2 million in grants.
Information about the various organizations was derived from their websites.
100 Black Men
The 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing resources to further the academic and social development of black male students in Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/100-black-men-of-middle-tennessee
This is a prison ministry that works with inmates behind the walls and helps those who are released to transition back into society.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/23rdpsalm-ministry-tennessee
Abrasive Media Inc.
This is a creative studio and venue with a mission to help artists grow, connect, produce and give back to their communities.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/abrasivemedia-inc-tennessee
Adventure Science Center
Adventure Science Center is a nonprofit science museum for children, with more than 175 hands-on interactive exhibits with themes including biology, physics, visual perception, listening, mind, air and space, energy and earth science.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/adventuresci?lang=en-us
Amputee Blade Runners
This nonprofit helps to provide free running prosthetics for amputees.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/amputee-blade-runners-tennessee
Be About Change
This organization’s mission is to enhance the lives of today’s Nashville youth by building their confidence and preparing them to serve the community. Three key elements are scholarships, leadership training and writing and mental wellness workshops for students.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/be-about-change-tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/big-brothers-big-sisters-of-middle-tennessee
Book’em brings free books to kids in Nashville, particularly disadvantaged youth up to 18 years old. The mission is to create a more literate Nashville and ignite children’s passion for reading through book ownership and enthusiastic volunteers. The three programs are Books for Nashville’s Kids, Reading is Fundamental and Ready for Reading.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/book-em-tennessee
Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is dedicated to providing a range of services for the deaf and hard of hearing.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/bridges-for-the-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-tennessee
Carpenter’s Square, which provides a number of youth and family programs, has a Grace Notes music program that provides piano, guitar, ukulele and drum lessons, as well as a community kids choir for kindergartners through eighth-graders in an area of South Nashville that is multicultural and economically disadvantaged.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/carpenters-square-tennessee
Center for Living and Learning
This center provides 24-hour residential care and job training to individuals with mental illness in a therapeutic environment with emphasis on the highest level of functioning and independent living.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/center-for-living-and-learning-inc-cllnoperationsllc-tennessee
Centerstone of Tennessee
Centerstone provides a full range of services in the areas of mental health, addiction and counseling needs.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/centerstone-of-tennessee
Chrysalis Oral Health Care Alliance
Chrysalis offers preventive dental care, along with regular daily oral hygiene care, to the growing number of Middle Tennesseans who don’t have access to dental care. The mission is to improve the dental health of individuals in need by delivering about $20 million of oral health educational, preventive and restorative dental services within the next five years.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/chrysalis-oral-health-care-alliance-tennessee
College Bound Athletics Foundation
College Bound Athletics is a training and sports recruiting organization for athletes who want to excel and achieve their athletic potential. CBA educates young athletes in their sport and helps identify opportunities for them to play on a collegiate or post-collegiate level.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/college-bound-athletics-tennessee
Communities in Schools
The mission is to help students stay in school, reducing absenteeism and improving education outcomes.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/communities-in-schools-of-tennessee
Disability Rights Tennessee
DRT’s mission is to protect and create equal opportunities for all Tennesseans with disabilities. Its focus is in three areas: freedom from harm, freedom from discrimination and freedom to participate in the community. DRT has served — at no cost — more than 50,000 Tennesseans by providing legal representation, advocacy, education and connection to resources.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/disability-rights-tennessee1
Echoes of Hope Inc.
This Hermitage-based nonprofit offers services and programs that provide a sense of dignity, hope and community for female cancer patients.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/echoes-of-hope-inc-hermitage-us-tennessee
Edgehill United Methodist Church
This church’s neighborhood ministry includes the "Brighter Days" after-school and summer program and Edgehill’s Mothers Day Out.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/edgehill-united-methodist-church-tennessee
Faith Family Medical Center
This center’s Journey to Wellness program helps patients make sustainable healthy lifestyle changes, such as improved nutrition, increased exercise and a reduction in smoking. It also helps patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, learn to better manage — and even improve — those conditions.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/faith-family-medical-center-tennessee
Franklin Tomorrow is a community visioning organization that works to engage the community for better collaboration while advocating for a shared vision for Franklin.
Franklin Tomorrow is implementing an On the Table initiative to bring the community together to a shared table to discuss the topics that are most important.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/franklin-tomorrow-inc-tennessee
Friends in General
The Food Pharmacy at Nashville General Hospital is a program that provides nutritional food totes to patients enrolled in care management classes at the hospital for chronically ill patients.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/friends-in-general-tennessee
Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula
This organization was founded in February 2018 by Hendersonville residents who want to conserve land throughout the city and create green space and park land.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/friends-of-indian-lake-peninsula-tennessee
Friends of the Spring Hill Library
The library support group is trying to create a maker’s space in its new library. The space would include a high-tech lab with the capacity for creating videos, audio recordings and editing, still photography and photo editing, graphic design and 3D printing.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/friends-of-the-spring-hill-library-tennessee
Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee
Founded in Nashville in 1998 as a Cancer Support Community affiliate, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee’s mission is to ensure that those impacted by cancer (all genders, races, ages and cancer types) are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/gildas-club-middle-tennessee
Girls Write Nashville
Girls Write Nashville’s mission is to use songwriting and mentorship to empower middle and high school girls. In its six-month programs, each girl works one on one with her mentor, shares her work in a “guild” of her peers and collaborates to record an original professional-quality album.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/girls-write-nashville-tennessee
Goodlettsville High Alumni
The high school alumni association has a K.I.N.D. — Kids in Need — program.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/goodlettsville-high-school-alumni-association-tennessee
Humanities Tennessee conducts and supports public humanities programming across the state, including the 31st annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/humanities-tennessee
Interfaith Dental Clinic
The mission of Interfaith Dental Clinic is to create a healthier community by providing transformational oral health care for those experiencing poverty.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/interfaith-dental-clinic-tennessee
Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee
Junior Achievement is seeking funds for its J.A. BizTown program.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/junior-achievement-of-middle-tennessee
Leeway Health Education Foundation
Leeway is devoted to creating and providing health education programs to the community. On this project it is partnering with Clark United Methodist Church in North Nashville to repeat and enlarge the Calvin Atchinson Summer Enrichment Academy for 60 young people.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/leeway-health-education-foundation-tennessee
Lipscomb’s Center for Business as Mission is interested in expanding its efforts in offering Nashville Business Accelerator classes to teach entrepreneurial skills to immigrants who have an entrepreneurial idea.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/lipscomb-university-center-for-business-as-mission-tennessee
Luke 14:12 is a nonprofit soup kitchen providing free meals to the hungry, homeless and working poor of Nashville. The mission is to address the nutritional needs of those who are inadequately fed, by serving lunch at noon every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and the second Wednesday of each month. Each year Luke 14:12 provides over 37,000 meals to hungry people.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/luke-1412-tennessee
MADE For Our Youth
This organization’s biggest initiative is a program called Dream Bigger, which exposes Nashville’s at-risk youth to opportunities and experiences they might not otherwise have access to. There are monthly field trips to visit successful professionals in their work environments, so the students can learn about different careers. They also visit important historic sites and museums to enrich their learning and spark their interest in the world outside of their neighborhoods.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/made-for-our-youth-tennessee
NAMI Tennessee is a statewide organization that advocates for improvements to mental health policy and to the systems of care for those affected by mental illness.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nami-tennessee
Nashville Coaching Coalition
The goal of The Coaches’ Leadership Academy is to rejuvenate the athletic community in Middle Tennessee by providing the social and emotional training that coaches need to use their influence for good.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashville-coaching-coalition-tennessee
Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
This center provides access to restorative justice that fosters civility, respect and accountability. Its free mediation program helps people young and old de-escalate and resolve disputes to restore family, housing and community stability.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashville-conflict-resolution-center-tennessee
Our Place Nashville
Nashville IDD Housing Group, doing business as Our Place Nashville, empowers adults with developmental disabilities by providing homes that are affordable, work that is meaningful and an inclusive setting in which to live. The goal is to expand its program of Friendship Houses, each of which accommodates residents both with and without developmental disabilities by placing individuals with disabilities (“friends”) alongside graduate students, primarily from Vanderbilt Divinity School. They live together as peers, with the students providing some voluntary supports and the friends teaching the students about living life with different abilities.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashville-idd-housing-group-dba-our-place-nashville-tennessee
Nashville Launch Pad
Nashville Launch Pad is a community and volunteer-driven cold weather emergency shelter, created specifically to be LGBTQ open and affirming, that provides meals, showers, safer sleep and supplies to young people in need. The shelter finds that 45% of the youth (18-24 years old) whom it serves identify as LGBTQ and 56% have been without a stable place to stay for over six months.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashville-launch-pad-tennessee
Nashville Safe Haven Family Shelter
Safe Haven helps families experiencing homelessness by providing for their immediate needs of shelter and stability, financial literacy, job training and placement, and intensive case management throughout all of its programs.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashville-safe-haven-family-shelter-tennessee
Nashville Steam Preservation Society
The Nashville Steam Preservation Society is restoring steam locomotive No. 576, a product of the American Locomotive Co., to operation. It has met the first major goal of relocating 576 from Centennial Park to the Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s restoration facility. And now it is raising money for the restoration.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashville-steam-preservation-society-tennessee
This organization collaborates for wellness by identifying unique challenges, developing transformative solutions and facilitating meaningful change to improve the health of Nashville.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/nashvillehealth-tennessee
National Association of Christian Educators
NACE’s agriculture project works with black farmers to grow vegetables to be distributed to inner-city residents as a way to promote healthier eating habits.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/national-association-of-christian-educators-tennessee
Ollie Otter Child Safety
The Ollie Otter Child Safety Foundation program’s main objective is to educate children in pre-K through fourth grade with interactive programs in elementary schools about the need for and proper use of seat belts and booster seats.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/ollie-otter-child-safety-foundation-tennessee
One Generation Away
This nonprofit rescues food from local grocery stores and restaurants and distributes it to home-bound elderly residents, schoolchildren and the working poor in low-income neighborhoods, known as food deserts.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/one-generation-away-tennessee
One Voice Nashville builds bridges and closes gaps through storytelling and narrative journalism.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/one-voice-nashville-tennessee
The mission of Open Table Nashville is to disrupt cycles of poverty and to provide education about issues of homelessness. The three essential components are homeless outreach, education and advocacy, reached through several initiatives, including the Village at Glencliff.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/open-table-nashville-tennessee
Operation Stand Down
Operation Stand Down focuses on helping all veterans and their families by engaging, equipping and empowering them. It offers a wide range of services, including employment assistance, VA benefits assistance, networking and housing.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/operation-stand-down-tennessee
Organized Neighbors of Edgehill
This new Edgehill Men of the Future program trains young men ages 7 to 14 the value of working in the community and being of service to seniors. The youth will be taught character and moral values, along with leadership and organizational skills. Working with parents in the MOMS of EDGEHILL program, the Edgehill Community Garden, police officers, schools, churches and businesses in the community, along with government agencies, the program will bring positive presentations and resources to the youth. Field trips to places the youths have never seen before include courtrooms, council chambers, cultural arts museums, universities, lawyers and doctor’s offices. The goal is to teach our children that anything and everything is possible. The young men also will work alongside seniors doing "intergenerational gardening" and will receive a stipend, which will teach the value of working and getting paid for a job well done.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/organized-neighbors-of-edgehill-tennessee
Parks at Kimbro Station
PAKS is developing programs that preserve the natural resources and spaces of the parks in Southeast Nashville in partnership with Metro Parks and Metro government.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/parks-at-kimbro-station-tennessee
Pass the Beauty
This organization supports victims and survivors of domestic violence and bullying.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/pass-the-beauty-tennessee
Play Like a Girl
The funds raised in this challenge will go toward Play Like a Girl’s STEM and sports programs for middle school girls. Based on research showing that sports participation can improve a young woman’s leadership potential and help accelerate her career, the mission is to expose girls to role models and experiences that help to build their confidence in STEM and in sports.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/play-like-a-girl-tennessee
Rock the Street, Wall Street
Rock the Street, Wall Street is a financial literacy program designed to spark the interest of high school girls into finance careers.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/rock-the-street-wall-street-tennessee
Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in Middle Tennessee. The food bank serves a 46-county area, supplying food through 490 partner agencies that include soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs and senior centers. In 2018, Second Harvest distributed 31 million pounds of donated, rescued and purchased food, totaling 28 million meals.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/second-harvest-food-bank-of-middle-tennessee
Solo Parent Society
Solo Parent Society is a nonprofit organization that helps single parents and their families.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/solo-parent-society?lang=en-us
Tennessee Alliance for Kids
Tennessee Alliance for Kids engages the community to meet the emergent and ongoing needs of children in foster care, those at risk of coming into foster care and those aging out.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/tennessee-alliance-for-kids
Tennessee Environment Council
The council’s mission is to educate and advocate for the conservation and improvement of Tennessee’s environment, communities and public health.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/tennessee-environmental-council1
Tennessee Performing Arts Center
The mission of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities and support economic vitality.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/tennessee-performing-arts-center-management-corporation
The Educators’ Cooperative
The Educators’ Cooperative is a growing network of teachers working in schools all over Nashville. Working across the boundaries of private, public and charter, co-op teachers work to support and strengthen the work happening in our city’s classrooms.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-educators-cooperative-tennessee-act
Fort Houston Artisan Support Project
This project strives to give people of all ages and backgrounds the chance to discover their creative potential by providing educational opportunities, affordable access to professional tools and equipment, and a connection to the maker community.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-fort-houston-artisan-support-project-tennessee
Mary Parrish Center
The Mary Parrish Center offers no-cost, comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, and provides transitional housing.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-mary-parrish-center-tennessee
National Museum of African American Music
This 56,000-square-foot museum, which is set to open in downtown Nashville in 2020, has a mission to educate the world, preserve the legacy and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-national-museum-of-african-american-music-tennessee
New Beginnings Center
The mission is to improve Tennessee health statistics with a targeted focus on women’s health needs. By providing access to wellness programs, strength training, physical and nutritional education and personal coaching, New Beginnings gives qualified low-income women the tangible skills, training and empowerment needed to assist them in improving their health, futures, capabilities and quality of life.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-new-beginnings-center-tennessee
The New Life Center
The center works to provide fathers and their families with health information to reduce obesity disparities among African American families. The center also teaches parenting skills utilizing the Strengthening Families curriculum and offers free parentage mediation through Metro Nashville Juvenile Courts.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-new-life-center-tennessee
The Theater Bug
This organization’s mission is to inspire young people to create community and build confidence — encouraging them through educational experiences in the performing arts. It strives to bring together young artists from different parts of town, at different ages, with different backgrounds, building bridges and finding community by creating art together.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-theater-bug-inc-tennessee
ThinkTennessee is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank serving the interests of Tennesseans. The mission is to drive evidence-based solutions to the state’s most pressing civic and economic challenges so that every Tennessean can engage and thrive.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/thinktennessee2019
Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation
Thisbe and Noah Scott’s mission is to improve lives by promoting research, awareness and support for children with neurological diseases.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/thisbe-and-noah-scott-foundation-tennessee
The Transit Alliance is committed to raising awareness about the value of transit and connecting our region. The mission is to educate, empower and mobilize.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/transit-alliance-of-middle-tennessee
Urban Housing Solutions
Urban Housing Solutions is a nonprofit developer of affordable housing and other services through partnerships with local community and social service agencies. UHS currently provides 1,200 units in 30 properties across Nashville. To fill the growing affordable housing gaps in Nashville, UHS intends to develop thousands more apartments by 2025 and provide additional subsidies to keep rents affordable.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/urban-housing-solutions-tennessee
White Fawn Farm
White Fawn Farm enriches the lives of families dealing with disabilities
and other life challenges through personalized equine therapeutic programs.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/white-fawn-farm-tennessee
World Hunger Team
This team places innovative indoor hydroponic growing systems into food deserts and other food-challenged locations that enable anyone of any age, from any background, of any mobility or skill set to grow organic food year-round to feed themselves, their families and their communities.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/world-hunger-team-tennessee
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Its Lifeset program supports youths who are transitioning out of the foster care system to help them with the skills and resources they need to live on their own.
To donate: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/youth-villages-tennessee
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