Over the past several weeks we have witnessed the violent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. Closer to home Jocques Clemmons and Daniel Hambrick are remembered, along with the disproportionate number of our black and brown neighbors who have died from COVID-19. These are the individual faces reflecting the oppressive systems that envelop everyone in their path—no one escapes; the only way forward is together.
Believing each of us wants to be liberated individually and to advance racial justice in our organizations, the Maddox Fund is sharing resources that we have used in our racial justice learning.
With gratitude for the compassion and determination of our nonprofit partners, The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund is honored to announce our 2020 grants to support education, marginalized youth, and wildlife conservation in Middle Tennessee.
Trees are on my heart these days. The scarecrow remains of a once noble walnut, all but the trunk and a few branches torn from it by the tornado. My son’s tire swing was roped around that tree. The mounds of limbs and torsos at curbs unceremoniously hauled away by hulking clawed machines. To say nothing of the many fallen trees that have caved-in the roofs of homes they’ve sheltered for generations.
A year ago, many in the community joined us at Casa Azafrán Park for a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Maddox Charitable Fund. While we were celebrating, the foundation was at the same time working through challenging conversations about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” James Baldwin
“If not now, when? If not us, who?”John Lewis
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Hopi Nation Elders
Over the past year, the Maddox Charitable Fund has been talking about equity. While we are early in our journey, we are convinced that we can’t walk alone; we need partners to create a strong movement for change.
The Maddox Charitable Fund, along with the HCA Foundation, The Healing Trust and the Metro Arts Commission, is partnering with Center for Nonprofit Management to bring Crossroads’ anti-racism training back to Nashville. Education is the first step in order to chart a transformative course.
We invite our partners to consider an available training in 2019 (see descriptions and registration below). If you need scholarship assistance to participate, please contact us. Don’t let registration fees stand in your way.
Later in the year, we will be hosting Maddox Listening Meetings to hear directly from our partners about your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plans. We want to learn from your ideas, directions and work, as well as listen to your concerns. Please sign up for a session when the invitation is sent.
The Maddox Charitable Fund’s mission is only possible with strong nonprofit partners. We’re thankful for your companionship on the road ahead.
Please join us by following this link and add your voice by submitting a public comment to protect our water before April 15.
Middle Tennessee’s waterways are plentiful and diverse. We depend on our rivers and streams for drinking water, commercial navigation, recreation and the rich array of plants and animals that give our region its character and make it our home. The Maddox Charitable Fund is opposed to any changes to the Clean Water Act or to definitions of “waters of the United States” that would remove existing protections of major waterways, their tributaries, adjacent wetlands and ephemeral streams.
Public Charge is Detrimental to Educational Success
As an education funder committed to improving the futures of marginalized students, the Maddox Charitable Fund joins foundations across the nation to express our profound concern over the “public charge” overhaul that would significantly change immigration policy. The proposed rule consideration would erode the resilience of working families while straining schools, nonprofits and other community institutions.