Mission: The community foundation of middle tennessee, inc. (the "foundation") is a charitable organization whose purpose is to be a leader, catalyst, and resource for philanthropy by building and holding a permanent and growing endowment for the middle tennessee community's changing needs and opportunities. The foundation provides flexible and cost-effective ways for civic-minded individuals, families, and companies to contribute to their community. The assets of the foundation are devoted to charitable uses of a public nature primarily benefiting the residents of middle tennessee in fields such as social services, education, health, the environment, and the arts.
Programs: The community foundation of middle tennessee provides philanthropic services focused on combining the charitable gifts of many to provide leadership and financial leverage in addressing the current and future needs of the community through various grant making activities designed to improve the lives of the citizens in middle tennessee.
From disaster recovery, employee assistance, support of the nonprofit community and ability for donors to customize their giving, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has proven to be great stewards of philanthropy in the greater Nashville area.
As a victim of the Nashville floods in May 2010, I approached the Community Fund several times about getting assistance. They were worthless. They've taken in millions in flood-specific donations, but I don't know of one person in my flooded area of Bellevue that received a penny from them. They way they've mismanaged this has changed the way I will give in the future. Going forward, if I know of someone personally affected by disaster, I will give to them directly. I may not get a tax deduction, but I will at least know for sure that the money went to someone that needed it, and needed it now. Lord only knows what the CF is doing with their stockpile of cash.