Joseph Gutierrez

Creating a More Resilient City Together

Our thoughts have been with you over the past few weeks.  Being connected to one another is a source of comfort in these trying times.  The city of Nashville and our nonprofit community has inspired is since the tornado and encourages us as we face COVID-19.

To better support our nonprofit partners, the Maddox Fund is moving all 2019 Program Grants to Core Mission Support (unrestricted operating grants).  We recognize the need for flexibility in funding to cope with the changing environment.  The reports for these grants will not require partners to report on outcomes as data is less important at this moment, and in some cases, not likely to be available.  Instead, the reports will involve more open-ended questions about what you are learning as we seek for what sustains us and gives us hope in uncertain times.  Together, we hope to create a more resilient city.

The 2020 Census

The 2020 Census is just around the corner.  It’s crucial that we understand why it’s important and just what’s at stake for Middle Tennessee and the rest of the state.

2020 Census data will be used to determine how $675 billion in federal funding will be allocated to state, county, and community-based programs around the country.  An undercount would have a dramatic negative impact on our nonprofit partners working in education, as well as those working with marginalized youth and promoting wildlife conservation.

As nonprofits, you are the trusted allies in your communities and can play a unique and important role in ensuring that all people are counted – and that everyone counts.

Video Tutorials for the 2020 Grant Application

Here are some video resources for completing the 2020 application. Our budget tutorial video goes over filling out our budget form and has some general information about our grantmaking. The outcomes video is shorter and goes over what we’re looking for when we review applications.

2020 Budget Tutorial
Writing Effective Outcomes

We still have space at our in-person budget workshop on January 8th at 10:00 AM at the Maddox office. If you’re interested in attending, just send an e-mail to joseph@maddoxfund.org. As a reminder, our application deadline is January 15th at 4:30 PM CST. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Maddox staff.

Maddox Stands for Refugees

The Maddox Fund sent a letter to Governor Bill Lee with our local funding partner The Healing Trust urging him to continue the refugee resettlement program in Tennessee. Refugees are fleeing conditions of terror, war, and extreme levels of poverty. We stand with refugees and our nonprofit partners working tirelessly to support them.

Governor Lee must make a decision before December 25th. Consider voicing your support of refugee resettlement by contacting Governor Lee.

2020 Budget Workshops

We are offering budget workshops for clarification around our budget form and application. We encourage new applicants to attend a workshop, but it is not required. These are the dates for the in-person workshops at our office:

December 12, 10:00-11:30 AM
January 8, 10:00-11:30 AM

If you would like to attend one of these workshops, please e-mail joseph@maddoxcharitablefund.org. Space is limited, so please limit participation to 2 individuals from your nonprofit. If you are unable to make it to our office for a workshop, we will have an online workshop on December 4th at 2:00 PM.  Please e-mail us if you would like to attend that.  We also have a budget tutorial video online if you’re unable to make any of these dates.

2019 Maddox Grants

The Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund is grateful for its nonprofit partners working to improve the lives of young people and furthering wildlife conservation in Middle Tennessee. To be notified when the next grant application opens, please sign up here.

Meet Aleyda!

In 2018, the Dan & Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary.  As part of the celebration, we made three $10,000 grants for nonprofit organizations to create fellowship positions that give young people the chance to be meaningfully engaged in nonprofit work.

One of the nonprofit organizations to receive this grant is FiftyForward, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that works toward improving the life of those 50 and over.  Aleyda is originally from New York but has been in Nashville for the past seven years.  She graduated from Overton High in 2014 and is currently a senior at Middle Tennessee State University.  She’ll be graduating this May with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. 

For her fellowship, Aleyda spends her time helping at the FiftyForward Station on Rains Avenue.  One of the most surprising things for her was just the amount of work needed to make a nonprofit function while meeting its mission.  Aleyda is exposed to a lot of different experiences and is building on a variety skills.  As a bilingual speaker, she is uniquely positioned to contribute to FiftyForward’s work and is doing outreach in Nashville’s aging Latinx community. 

Aleyda is thankful for FiftyForward giving her this opportunity.  At the end of her fellowship, Aleyda sees herself continuing to work in the community and hopes to pursue a masters degree in social work or public health. 

Maddox Stands for Accessible Opportunities for All Students

Since 2008, the Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Fund has been partnering with nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of young people in Middle Tennessee.  Core to our values is knowing that education and knowledge are transformative.  Understanding this as an education funder, we feel that Educational Savings Accounts (ESAs) will be a detriment to ensuring that all children can access high-quality educational opportunities.

Intern with the Maddox Charitable Fund!

UPDATE 4/15/2019: This position has been filled. For any questions or if you are interested in a similar opportunity, please contact Joseph – joseph@maddoxcharitablefund.org

Over the past year, we have been exploring the role of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our work and the work of our nonprofit partners.  The purpose of this research position is to find a better understanding of how our nonprofit partner organizations understand DEI, how it currently shapes their work, and what they need to advance equity in their mission.  The opportunity will provide graduate-level students learning experiences in research, nonprofit work, and philanthropy. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, please see our job posting on Center for Nonprofit Management: