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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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).
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.
- 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.
- 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
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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
Through tuition assistance, intensive mentoring, networking, and career guidance, ECE is cultivating young leaders of our community through a college degree. ECE currently supports 148 DACA students at 8 Tennessee universities who are ineligible for financial aid, student loans, and in-state tuition rates because of their legal status.
McNeilly provides high quality, affordable early care and education for 60 low-income and at-risk Pre-Kindergarten children, ages 4 and 5, at the McNeilly Meridian St. site. We offer three Pre-K classrooms, including one Metro Nashville Public Schools classroom, and two that participate in the United Way Read to Succeed program.
The 100 KINGS program began in the fall of 2003. A holistic program designed to provide academic enrichment and experiential learning projects for middle and high school males throughout Middle Tennessee on a year-long basis.
Project Transformation’s afterschool literacy development program connects the potential of children with the mentorship of college-age young adults. Components of the program include activity-based literacy intervention, homework assistance, nutrition education, and healthy decision-making. Programs will be offered in three strategic low-income Nashville neighborhoods, serving 25 elementary students each.