Salute to Excellence


Salute to Excellence

October 10, 2019 at the Omni Nashville Hotel


At CNM, we're all about amplifying the impact of local nonprofits, and a key part of that mission is celebrating organizations for their hard work in the community at our annual awards ceremony, Salute to Excellence. For the past 26 years, community and nonprofit leaders in Middle Tennessee have gathered together for a night of recognition and celebration at the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Salute to Excellence, the largest nonprofit awards ceremony in the country. Salute 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 will receive recognition for their ongoing hard work in the community, and the night’s winning organizations will take home cash prizes totaling $250,000.

2019 marks the 27th 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.

Join local nonprofit leaders and community influencers at at Salute to Excellence 2019. Our kickoff event, Call for Entries, will take place on March 1, 2019. Register here to attend Call for Entries, and check back soon for ticket information.


View the full list of the 2018 Salute to Excellence winners!



Hear from past Salute to Excellence award winners:

“This award will allow our organization to fund our compassionate care program at The Refuge Center for the next two years. We would encourage other nonprofits to apply for this award and to give ongoing consideration to their compassionate care efforts.”

–Amy Alexander of The Refuge Center, winner of The Healing Trust Compassionate Care Award in 2016


"The Salute awards really help to validate all of the time and effort ABC puts into things like developing sound business practices and being a good partner. This experience has helped ABC reaffirm its commitment to excellence in all we do, behind the scenes or otherwise!"

-Casey Summer of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, winner of the Bank of America CEO of the Year Award and finalist for The Frist Foundation Team Building Award in 2016


"The most meaningful part of Salute to Excellence is the sense of solidarity and pride with Middle Tennessee's impressive nonprofit community. Seeing practically everyone in our field in one room gives me motivation to move forward in such a collaborative atmosphere."

-Michael Durham of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, finalist for The Healing Trust Catalyst for Change Award in 2016


"It's very, very rewarding. Thank you and a clapping of hands to anyone who has seen a need and addressed that particular need."

-Clare Armistead of Friends of Warner Parks, winner of the KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award in 2016




Salute to Excellence wouldn't be possible without our sponsors. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chelsea Hardin at