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Environmental Grantmaking Advisory Committee Application

The Maddox Fund believes that real expertise lies within the community. We have lived that out in the past through participatory grantmaking with LGBTQ+ high school students making funding decisions or HBCU students guiding our priorities. Shifting grantmaking power to those connected to issues gets dollars closer to community-led solutions.

This year, the Maddox Fund has set aside $100,000 for environmental causes in Middle Tennessee.  We are seeking advisors to guide how to direct those funds to area nonprofits.  Each participant will be paid $1,000 for their time and expertise.

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Maddox Fund Executive Director Search

The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund is pleased to invite applications, expressions of interest, and/or nominations for the position of Executive Director.  This position is responsible for strategic leadership as well as administrative and managerial oversight of a $56M endowed foundation located in Nashville Tennessee.

Salary Range: $160,000 – 200,000

Starting 4th Quarter 2024

All inquiries should be directed to our search partners at NPAG

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Maddox Fund commits to providing a work environment that is free of discrimination. It is the policy of the Maddox Fund that all applicants and employees are entitled to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion or creed, sex (includes sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), gender (includes gender identity or expression), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or other protected characteristics as required by local, state and federal law. As such, the Maddox Fund does not discriminate in employment decisions, including with regard to hiring, termination, promotion, transfers, leave of absence, compensation or training. The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund is an equal opportunity employer.

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Meet Dorian Hines from the Tennessee Nonprofit Network

We met with Dorian Hines from the Tennessee Nonprofit Network, an organization that serves the state’s nonprofit community “by connecting them to resources, decision-making forums, and each other.” Dorian is the Middle Tennessee Regional Director and we asked him a few questions to learn more about his work and how he can connect with our nonprofit partners. Read below to learn more.

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Stand With Us for Philanthropy

The Maddox Fund has signed onto a statement from the Council of Foundations and Independent Sector to support the rights of philanthropic organizations, charitable nonprofits, and individual donors to give in ways that align with their values. That includes efforts to support historically marginalized groups. You can read the full statement and sign onto the petition below.

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2023 Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31st is the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Maddox celebrates the joy and resilience of our trans and non-binary siblings. Today is a good day to learn more about gender identities outside your own and here are some resources to explore:

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2023 Grant Application is now open!

The Maddox Fund is pleased to announce that our 2023 grant application is now available online. While our focus areas remain Youth and the Environment, our eligibility requirements and priorities have changed to reflect our racial justice commitment.  The deadline for applications over $30,000 is March 1, 2023.

If you would like to discuss your organization’s work or program with a Maddox staff member, you can schedule a time to meet through the links below:

You can always provide anonymous feedback  to the Maddox Fund.  We are interested in your thoughts, ideas and honest critique. To keep up with opportunities,  follow Maddox on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn. We remain thankful to all Middle Tennessee nonprofits. You are at the heart of the community we call home.

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Sharing June 2022 Partner Meeting Feedback

2022 is a year of rethinking, reimagining and redesigning the Maddox Fund’s grant program.

Input from the community was essential. During the month of June, we heard from our partners through in-person design meetings, virtual gatherings and an online survey. More than 75% of our nonprofit partners participated in this crucial process. Thank you in advance for your generosity and guidance.

Maddox welcomed feedback on how we should conceptualize our grantmaking areas, youth and wildlife conservation, going forward. Participants were asked to review a draft document and rank priorities. Below are those priorities in community rank order.

Youth

  1. Youth Services
  2. Post-secondary Access
  3. Youth & Education Advocacy
  4. Out-of-School Learning
  5. Education Leadership Pipeline Programs

Wildlife Conservation

  1. Community-based Nature Programs
  2. Conservation Advocacy
  3. Environmental Leadership Pipeline Programs
  4. Hunting and Fishing

We also asked our partners what Maddox should be asking itself. Three themes emerged:

  • How does Maddox understand its leadership role in relationship to other foundations, donors and the overall nonprofit well-being?
  • How can we create connections among our partners?
  • How does class analysis play into our grantmaking?

Partners also asked Maddox to:

  • Offer clarifying language (i.e., clarify that the interest in leadership programs is to diversify conservation and education leadership pipelines)
  • Offer specific input on what we do and do not support

The work now returns to the Maddox Grant Committee to integrate community input into the 2023 grant program. We anticipate the following schedule:

  • Fall 2022—Grant redesign presentation to community
  • December 2022—Application goes live
  • March 1, 2023—Applications due
  • May 8, 2023—Grants approved
  • July 1, 2023—Grant payments made

If you would like to share your thoughts or provide any additional feedback, you can email Maddox staff or call the office at 615-385-1006. You may leave feedback anonymously at anytime by using this link.  

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Public Comment on Draft Rule, Prohibited Concepts in Public Instruction

The Maddox Fund has submitted a public comment on the Tennessee Department of Education’s draft rule related to the implementation of Section 51 of Chapter 493 of the Tennessee Public Acts of 2021. We believe that an understanding of our violent history is necessary for envisioning new and liberating systems and that these punitive measures create hostile work environments for educators and place undue burden on school districts. The full statement can be read below.

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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.

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