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.

Ten advisors will be selected. The ideal advisory committee member:

  • Is a Middle Tennessee student or young professional, ages 15-35
  • Has a demonstrated commitment to environmental causes
  • Has knowledge of Middle Tennessee environmental nonprofits & their work (participants may be employed by an area environmental nonprofit, but will be required to abstain from voting if there is a conflict of interest)
  • Has the desire to learn about and participate in democratizing of philanthropy
  • Is available for opening session on September 14 (required)
  • Is able to attend 75% of all virtual meetings (required)


  • August 19: Applications due
  • August 21: Participants notified of application
  • September 14, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: In-person Opening Session required for all participants
  • Wednesdays through September 18 – November 5, 6:00 – 7:30

For any questions, please contact Kaki Friskics-Warren at kaki@maddoxfund.org or call the Maddox Office at 615-385-1006. Learn more about Maddox’s environmental grantmaking priorities here.

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