2021 Maddox Grant Announcement

Maddox is pleased to partner with 70 nonprofits to continue our mission of improving the lives of young people and furthering wildlife conservation.  Over the past 13 years, the Maddox Fund has granted $28 million dollars in programs and organizations that better the Middle Tennessee community.

“Our philanthropic work is shaped by trust-based culture. Funder-grantee relationships built on trust are stronger and more to responsive to community,“ said Melissa Gordon, chair of the Maddox Grant Committee. “We are re-envisioning grantmaking to ensure we are connected to partners who have the greatest proximity to community needs.”

100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee
American Baptist College
American Muslim Advisory Council
Backfield In Motion
Bethlehem Centers Of Nashville
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee
Boys & Girls Club Of Maury County Inc.
Communities In Schools of Tennessee
Conexion Americas
Crossroads Campus
Cumberland River Compact
D-Y-M-O-N In The Rough
East Nashville Hope Exchange, Inc.
Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership
Elmahaba Center
Equal Chance For Education
Fisk University
Franktown Open Hearts
Friends of Mill Ridge Park
Gallatin Shalom Zone
Gideon’s Army Grassroots Army for Children
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation
Hands on Nashville
Harpeth Conservancy
Homework Hotline
Horizons at USN
Launch Pad
Legacy Mission Village
Lewis County Historical Society
Lipscomb University
Martha O’Bryan Center
Monroe Harding
Mosaic Changemakers
Nashville Freedom School Partnership
Nashville International Center for Empowerment
Nashville Organized For Action And Hope
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
Tennessee Aquatic Project
Tennessee Educators Of Color Alliance
Tennessee Environmental Council
Tennessee Immigrant And Refugee Rights Coalition
Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
Tennessee Wildlife Federation
The F.I.N.D. Design
The Land Trust For Tennessee
United Way of Metropolitan Nashville
Urban Green Lab
Volunteer State Seal Of Biliteracy
Why We Can’t Wait
Workers’ Dignity Project
YMCA of Middle Tennessee
Youth Incorporated
YWCA of Middle Tennessee

Most of the Maddox Fund’s 2021 grants were 2-year grants.  The foundation will take this time to reimagine our grantmaking and to build liberating practices that address systemic racial inequities. The Maddox Board of Directors gives thanks for the generosity of Dan and Margaret Maddox. We seek to honor their philanthropic legacy in a changing Middle Tennessee.

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

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