Tools to build our equitable future

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” Maya Angelou

I spent the better part of the first two decades of my professional life as the Executive Director of direct service organizations. During that time I witnessed a commitment to improving services, often returning from trainings with a new best practice or working to make program adjustments based on client feedback. The nonprofit community has often been ready to interrogate its assumptions, adapt and move into action—we lean into change.

Not surprisingly, as we wake up to how systemic racism functions in our organizations, nonprofits are responding with a determination to tear down oppressive structures and to build new, liberating systems in their place.

2020 Anti-racism Series

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.

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.