Education

Promoting equity in educational opportunities

From kindergarten to college, from afterschool programs to summer learning, from literacy to teacher pipeline, the Maddox Fund partners with education initiatives that advance student achievement because knowledge and education are transformative.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “education”?

In general, the Maddox Fund is looking for programs that promote academic advancement and social emotional learning in Pre-k through traditional college age students (4-24).

+ Will the Maddox Fund support programs focused on parents and children together?

The Fund’s focus is on children and youth.  Any proposal including parents and family (i.e., parent involvement in a child’s education, parent education, etc.) would need to demonstrate a direct benefit to children and youth and the stated outcomes would need to be child-centered.  These proposals would likely  be less competitive.

The Maddox Fund will not support family emergency assistance, including programs which provide rent and utility assistance, food and clothing.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox interested in?

  • Pre-K programs
  • Academic support and preparation programs, including tutoring services
  • Programs that can demonstrate direct impact on academic success
  • Summer or after-school academic enrichment
  • Math and reading programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Social-emotional learning that is not clinical counseling
  • Programs may be provided in a formal school setting or in a setting external to school.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox less interested in?

  • Programs for adults
  • Parent education programs
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact
  • GED/HiSET programs
  • Arts or music education programs
  • Programs focused on infants and toddlers
  • Counseling programs
  • Post-secondary studies (i.e., graduate school, professional school)
  • Independent Charter Schools without a CMO
  • Independent Charter Schools without proven academic outcomes
  •  College assistance for adults
  • Education programs that are general in nature (i.e., homebuyer’s education, health education, financial literacy, continuing education, animal population control education, arts education, etc.)
  • School volunteer programs or PTSO organizations

The Charitable Fund will not support:

  • Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
  • General scholarship programs
  • Graduate school scholarship programs
  • Infant and Toddler programs

Education
& the Census

A complete count is important to making sure that Middle Tennesse receives funding to support essential education programs.  Check out some of these facts and learn how you can get involved.

Census data is used to determine funding for TN's education.
this includes k-12, title I grants, school lunch and breakfast programs, and some afterschool programs
For the first time, the Census will be available online.
all households will have received their invitation to participate by April 1st
Higher education is dependent on federal funding.
$2 billion for federal student loans and the pell grant program are dependent on the census
Find out how to get involved.
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Did you know?

Dan and Margaret graduated from high school, but college was economically out of reach for them. They understood how education creates paths to opportunity and wanted to create a way for low-income youth to realize their dreams.

Featured education partners

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$57,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

CISTN embeds dedicated Site Coordinators inside Metro Nashville Public Schools to identify students who are chronically absent; establish strategic plans for the school and students; and broker needed services. Whether it’s empowering families, counseling or providing food, CISTN Site Coordinators surround low-income youth students with a community of support.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$40,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

To support programming and general operations.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

The Stars of Bethlehem Program is a comprehensive year-round program for North Nashville children and youth in Kindergarten -8th Grade. The program provides a safe, supervised environment for these at-risk youth, providing academic tutoring and enrichment to ensure educational success, mentoring to ensure social success and health and fitness.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

For more than five decades, KDCDC has offered an excellent and affordable pre-Kindergarten program to families in our community who need it most – the ‘working poor’. Our staff works hard to ensure each child has the academic and social/emotional readiness skills they need for success in school and beyond.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

Both Empowered to F.L.Y. and its summer extension program, Rebuilt to F.L.Y aims to overcome risk factors that lead to a loss of classroom time due to attendance/disciplinary issues and social anxiety. This is achieved through social-emotional development in the form of mentoring, training, parent and community engagement, and advocacy.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$50,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

Girls Inc. at the YWCA serves 360 at-risk girls through in-school programming, spring break camp, and summer camp. The key objective of Girls Inc. is to equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.