Salute to Excellence

October 10, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  at the Omni Nashville Hotel

View the full list of winners and finalists and watch their featured videos.


At CNM, we're all about amplifying the impact of local nonprofits. Part of that mission includes honoring organizations’ hard work and their exceptional commitment to community during Salute to Excellence.

The country’s largest nonprofits award ceremony, Salute brings together more than 1,100 leaders in local business, community, and nonprofit sectors. In its 27 years, the event has featured more than 500 nonprofit finalists and awarded more than $3 million to exemplary recipient organizations and their leadership.



Table Hosts

Bank of America
Diversified Trust
First Tennessee Bank
Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
Philadelphia Insurance
Piedmont Natural Gas
Synovus Bank
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Volunteer State Bank





Hear from past Salute to Excellence award winners:

“Winning a Salute to Excellence Award was a huge goal for us at Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee! It lifted our sights and opened the door to new audiences for our free cancer support program. Above all, we were thrilled to celebrate our non-profit community and be recognized amongst our peers.” -Hayley Levy, Director of Development for Gilda's Club of Middle Tennessee, 2018 Winner for KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year


“We were shortlisted for two awards in 2018 and one of the unexpected consequences was the way in which Salute to Excellence raised awareness of our mission and programs among philanthropists in Nashville. That became apparent during our Annual Fund campaign in the weeks following the Awards dinner, when we received a surprising number of new donors giving at a significant level.” -Harriet Warner, Development Director for Crossroads Campus, 2018 Finalist for The Frist Foundation Awards of Achievement - Innovation in Action and Revenue Development




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