Salute to Excellence - the nation's largest nonprofit awards event

Each fall, CNM honors Middle Tennessee nonprofits with the Salute to Excellence awards dinner. This is the largest nonprofit awards event in the country, and in 2015 CNM celebrated at the Omni Nashville Hotel, a new location. Click here to see the full list of 2015 finalists and click here to view the list of 2015 winners. As a part of CNM's 30th anniversary year, the 2016 Salute to Excellence event is building up to be the largest events yet. Save the date - this year's Salute will take place on October 18, 2016 at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

The success stories of nonprofits and leaders in the community are the backbone of the celebration every year. These stories are captured by Earnhardt Films for the finalist videos. Find all the videos on our YouTube page.

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Read below for comments from some of the 2015 winners:

"Being recognized by CNM was a real honor that I will cherish for a long time. The recognition wasn't about my own ability or financial management skills, but rather it was about further validating that the work that Conexion Americas is carrying out in our community is important, meaningful work that is changing lives and making Nashville a better place for ALL of its residents. Gracias CNM!"

Jose Gonzales of Conexion Americas, winner of the SunTrust CFO of the Year Award


"The Salute to Excellence event exemplifies what it recognizes: Excellence. Everything about it is top notch. It’s interesting, engaging, and focuses us all on what is truly important. After working really hard all year and focusing on excellence in everything we do, receiving an award in front of over a 1,000 people, at an event as lovely as this one, is richly satisfying. I love having board members present too; the evening affirms their decision to be engaged with our mission."

-Derri Smith of End Slavery Tennessee, winner of the Diversified Trust New Generations Award


Stay tuned for more news about the 2016 Salute to Excellence awards ceremony!



Salute to Excellence media


The Salute to Excellence awards ceremony wouldn't be possible without our sponsors. Click here to view our 2015 partners.


2015 award winners

View the 2015 award winners below, as well as photos from the event.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Avé Trotter at or (615) 259-0100 ext. 303.

To learn more about Salute to Excellence, watch this special video from the 2014 celebration. Special thanks to PopCause and the MEPR Agency for filming and producing!