2018 Salute to Excellence Finalists Announced

June 29, 2018


Media Contact: Hillary Musice, hillary@cnm.org, (615) 259-0100


NASHVILLE, TN, June 29, 2018 — The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 Salute to Excellence nonprofit awards. This year’s event on October 9, 2018 at the Omni Nashville Hotel will feature awards in 13 categories of nonprofit excellence. Winning organizations will receive awards in amounts that total $250,000 as well as recognition for their accomplishments serving the Middle Tennessee community.

“I am thrilled to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our Salute to Excellence finalists for 2018,” said CNM President and CEO Tari Hughes. “The work that these organizations do to serve our community is unmatched, and CNM is proud to partner with them to amplify their impact in Middle Tennessee and beyond. I would also like to thank the community review panels for their hard work in selecting finalists from a pool of many worthy applicants.”

The finalists for the 13 awards categories are:

SunTrust Bank CFO of the Year Award

Robert Adams-Ghee, Soles4Souls 

Leslie McGilberry, Siloam Health

Louis Orman, Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee


The Memorial Foundation Leadership Award

Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

Dismas House

Tennessee Justice Center


Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practices Award

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Nashville Food Project

Urban Green Lab


The Frist Foundation Innovation in Action Award

Crossroads Campus

Men of Valor

Nations Ministry Center


The Healing Trust Catalyst for Change Award

Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Oasis Center

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee


Diversified Trust New Generations Award

NASBA Center for Public Trust

Nashville in Harmony

United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties


Skanska Educational Enhancement Award

Communities in Schools of Tennessee

Moves & Grooves, Inc.

Southern Word


Kraft CPAs Board Member of the Year Award

Lisa Campbell, Sexual Assault Center 

Lucia Folk, Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

Harriet Karro, Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee


Erie Chapman Foundation Servant’s Heart Award

Kawema, Communities in Schools of Tennessee

Jane Beasley, Tennessee Justice Center

Michael Desjardins, Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center


The Frist Foundation Team Building Award

Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee (and the Senior Transportation Leadership Coalition)

Pet Community Center (and Metro Animal Care and Control)

YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee (Lethality Assessment Program)


The Frist Foundation Revenue Development Award

Crossroads Pets

NASBA Center for Public Trust

Pet Community Center


The Healing Trust Compassionate Care Award

Alive Hospice

Medical Foundation of Nashville

The Nashville Food Project


Bank of America CEO of the Year Award

Jaynee K. Day, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Heather Higgins, First Steps, Inc.

Tallu Schuyler Quinn, The Nashville Food Project


About CNM: CNM is a membership service organization that serves the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community and its partners. CNM builds nonprofit capacity through consulting services, educational workshops and trainings, collective impact programming, networking opportunities, special events, member resources and more. CNM’s mission is to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners in order to create a connected community equipped to realize our greatest opportunities.

About Salute to Excellence: A key part of the CNM’s mission is celebrating nonprofit organizations for their service to the community. For the past 25 years, CNM has hosted Salute to Excellence, an annual awards ceremony honoring CNM member nonprofit organizations for their hard work in Middle Tennessee. Salute to Excellence brings together more than 1,100 local business, community and nonprofit leaders as they honor organizations in 13 distinct categories of service. Finalists in each category receive recognition for their ongoing hard work in the community, and winning organizations take home cash prizes totaling approximately $250,000.

2018 marks the 26th year of recognizing the outstanding Middle Tennessee nonprofits and their leaders by applauding their hard work and commitment to make our community a better place to live and work. Over the years CNM has honored more than 500 nonprofit award finalists and awarded more than $3 million to excellent nonprofits. For more information, visit https://www.cnm.org/Events/Salute/.






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