2020 Grant Announcement

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.

The discernment of our grant committee and board was unique this year. Applications were submitted on January 15, a lifetime ago in the wake of the tornados and the spread of the coronavirus. Making decisions about future funding in a season of uncertainty was humbling, to say the least.

The Maddox discussions focused around two primary themes:

Trust:  We trust our nonprofit partners to know the needs of the people and environments they serve, as well as the best way to redesign programs to meet those needs.

Flexibility: Program descriptions and outcomes written on January 15 are, in many cases, obsolete. We will be flexible, listening to and working with our partners to best meet our shared missions to better the lives of young people and further wildlife conservation.

In 2019, The Maddox Fund made a commitment to equity and justice, stating: “Undergirding this commitment is the conviction that all human beings are interconnected, not just with one another, but with all of nature – a belief that makes our desire to foster connection and a sense of belonging even more urgent.”

Over the past several months we have learned that connection and belonging are essential to our well-being – indeed, to our survival – and yet xenophobia and racism, as well as our continued disregard for creation divide us. The Maddox board of directors remains committed both to dismantling historic systems that marginalize our neighbors and to creating liberating systems to take their place.  

In times of crisis we may be tempted to suspend our core values, but we must remember that crises are everyday realities for our neighbors who struggle on the margins and for environments threatened by deregulation and abuse.  Maddox will live out its commitment to justice and equity for people and all of nature through our 2020 partnerships with 71 organizations.

  • 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
  • American Baptist College
  • American Muslim Advisory Council
  • Belmont University
  • Bethlehem Centers Of Nashville
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
  • Book Em
  • Boys & Girls Club Of Maury County Inc.
  • Communities In Schools of Tennessee
  • Conexion Americas
  • Crossroads Campus
  • Cumberland River Compact
  • East Nashville Hope Exchange, Inc.
  • Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership
  • Equal Chance For Education
  • FiftyForward
  • Fisk University
  • Franktown Open Hearts
  • Friends of Mill Ridge Park
  • Gallatin Shalom Zone
  • Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
  • Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation
  • Hands on Nashville
  • Harpeth Conservancy
  • Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation
  • Homework Hotline
  • Horizons @ University School of Nashville
  • King’s Daughters Child Development Center
  • Launch Pad
  • Legacy Mission Village
  • Lewis County Historical Society
  • Lipscomb University
  • Martha O’Bryan Center
  • McNeilly Center For Children Inc
  • Monroe Harding
  • Nashville Freedom School Partnership
  • Nashville International Center for Empowerment
  • Nashville Peacemakers
  • Nashville Public Education Foundation
  • Nashville Public Library Foundation
  • Nashville Teacher Residency
  • Nations Ministry Center
  • Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter
  • Oasis Center
  • Operation Andrew Group, Inc.
  • PENCIL Foundation
  • Persist Nashville, Inc.
  • Project Transformation Tennessee
  • Raphah Institute
  • Safe Haven Family Shelter
  • Salama Urban Ministries
  • Southern Word Inc
  • St. Luke’s Community House
  • Teach For America Inc
  • Tennessee Aquatic Project And Development Group Inc
  • Tennessee Educators Of Color Alliance
  • Tennessee Environmental Council
  • Tennessee Immigrant And Refugee Rights Coalition
  • Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
  • Tennessee State University Foundation
  • Tennessee Wildlife Federation
  • Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation
  • The F.I.N.D., (Families in Need of Direction)Design
  • The Land Trust For Tennessee
  • Wayne Reed Christian Childcare Center
  • Why We Can’t Wait
  • Women of Color Collaborative
  • Workers’ Dignity Project
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of Middle Tennessee (YMCA)
  • Youth Incorporated
  • YWCA

The Maddox Board of Directors gives thanks for the generosity of Dan and Margaret Maddox that continues to serve the Middle Tennessee community.

Mission: To better our community through partnerships that improve the lives of young people and further wildlife conservation.


  • We believe education and knowledge are transformative
  • We champion just and equitable systems and policies
  • We manage our resources with integrity and transparency
  • We honor the voices of marginalized communities
  • We engage our work with humility and curiosity
  • We celebrate courageous leadership
  • We embrace the shared responsibility to better our community and protect our wildlife habitats

Deep Roots Connect Us

Picture of a broken tree with a text overlay that says, "Deep roots connect us."

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.

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.