As the Dan & Margaret Maddox Fund continues to live into our commitment to racial equity, we are critically examining our practices and understandings of grantmaking in an effort to imagine a more just and equitable process.    We have decided to make our 2021 grants multi-year commitments to give us the time needed to make transformational changes in our grantmaking practices.  This means a few things for our current and potential partners:

  • We will not have an open grant cycle in 2022.
  • Most 2021 grants were extended into 2-year grants.  If your organization had a 2-year grant made in 2020, Maddox staff is currently reaching out to explore next steps with each partner.
  • We will be focused on learning over the next year by listening to our partners, looking at different grantmaking practices from foundations across the country, and piloting a Youth Philanthropic Advisory Board.

At this point, it is difficult for us to say what our grantmaking will look like in 2023, we know that we’ll continue to focus on improving the lives of young people and furthering wildlife conservation.  We will also strive to be open and transparent in the process so we will be sharing what we learn and communicating our changes to our partners.  To stay informed on what we’re learning, you can follow us on social media.  If there’s anything that you think would be helpful for us to know about – articles, thoughts, practices, other grantmakers, etc. –  please reach out to the Maddox staff and share.

Want to know more?

Please reach out to one of our staff members for any questions!


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We invest in efforts that focus on or support the following:


We invest in efforts that focus on or support the following:

Where we invest

The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund serves 41 counties of Middle Tennessee listed below. Programs must operate within this geographic area.

Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatche, Smith, Jackson, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, and Williamson

Opportunity Fund

The Maddox Board set aside a small pool of funds to support partner’s emerging needs through our  2022-2023 grantmaking transition.  These “Opportunity Grants” focus on:

  • BIPOC Led organizations
  • New BIPOC conservation partners
  • Capacity building
  • Nonprofit or funder collaborations
  • COVID response or COVID program adjustment costs

Opportunity grants are generally small (average $5-10,0000).  The first step is to call Kaki or Joseph in the Maddox office at 615-385-1006.