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The Mission Memo: April 1, 2020

An Update on the CARES Act

 

CNM is providing resources and ongoing updates about the federal stimulus package (the CARES Act) on our Crisis Response page. As details unfold about eligibility requirements, timelines, and applications, please visit our website for the latest updates.
As we wait for federal guidelines to be released regarding loan applications, we’ve compiled some ways you can start preparing now to submit your loan application. 
Prepare for Your Loan Application

 

 

Meet the Funders | April 3, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Register

Budgeting & Financial Management, Weathering the Storm | April 8, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Register

Mindfulness in Times of Crisis | April 10, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Register

Leading in Times of Crisis | April 15, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Register

 


 

CNM’s President & CEO, Tari Hughes, shared an update on the nonprofit sector in a recent op-ed in the Tennessean.

Read the full story.

 


 

Salute to Excellence Application Process On Hold

We are placing the Salute to Excellence application process on hold in light of the challenges arising for nonprofits in the COVID-19 crisis. We will share information about Salute to Excellence as soon as it becomes available. Please stay tuned for more updates on our social channels and on this page.
 


 

Crisis Relief Advocacy for Nonprofits

CNM has joined with our statewide partners to compose this joint letter to Governor Bill Lee and state legislators to advocate for crisis relief support for nonprofits. We invite you to join us by sharing this letter with your elected officials.
 


 

Upcoming Events

 

4/17: Advanced Grant Writing (Online Webinar)
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: So you know the basics of grant writing… now what? Come get advanced, in-depth help from an expert. Attendees will complete a writing exercise for a grant opportunity as the foundation for seeking grant funding. Learn how grant reviewers analyze and review grant proposals… Read more.
4/17: How to Start a Nonprofit (Online Webinar)
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: Have a passion for serving the community but need to know more about the structure or legal documents to turn your passion into a successful organization? In this session, learn from experts and peers about the key components of a nonprofit, and the required documentation to make it official… Read more.

 

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COVID-19 Update from CNM

March 16, 2020 Update

The CNM staff will be working remotely through the end of March out of an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 outbreak. We can be reached via individual emails or by reaching out to info@cnm.org.

Please stay tuned for more updates.

 

March 9, 2020 Update

To our nonprofit community and supporters,

Our region is undergoing rapid changes with the recovery efforts from the recent tornadoes and the new cases of COVID-19 in our area. As we continue to support the volunteer efforts of our neighbors at Hands On Nashville, CNM is also closely monitoring the situation with the outbreak of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee.

We are taking extra precautions in sanitizing our building and making adjustments in our programming to ensure the safety of the CNM staff and our community partners. CNM’s Education team is exploring the possibility of transitioning upcoming workshops to online webinars so that registered participants can continue to learn remotely. Stay tuned for more information, but for now, all meetings and events in CNM’s office will remain as originally scheduled.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change, here are some resources to keep you informed.

CNM will continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19 and follow recommendations from local authorities and public health officials. We will provide updates here and on social media as they become available. Stay strong, Nashville.

The CNM Team

The Mission Memo: March 6, 2020

Disaster Relief Resources For Nonprofits

 

If your organization was affected by the Nashville tornadoes, CNM is here to support you. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the recovery process and recruit volunteers to assist with your needs.
  1. If your organization has a need for volunteers, either an ongoing need or at a specific time and dateregister your project with Hands On Nashville. Please include #nashvilletornado in the title of your project so it can be searched easily.
  2. Keep a record of all volunteers during your recovery efforts. You can download a sample volunteer waiver and sign-in sheet here. Every volunteer counts in disaster recovery. In the event that this disaster is federally declared, our city will need to report out on the tremendous volunteer response we have received in order to access federal recovery dollars.
  3. Does your nonprofit need resources other than volunteers? Explore available resources on Hands On Nashville’s blog.

 


 

Understanding & Analyzing Systemic Racism

April 21-23 (3-day event)

What is systemic racism and how does your organization uphold it through policies, practices, and structures?This advanced-level workshop is designed for leadership, board, and staff team members who are committed to anti-racism work in nonprofits in Middle Tennessee.

Teams of four will participate in this immersive three-day workshop, facilitated by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training. Join us to explore racism as entrenched, systemic, institutional misuse of power that goes beyond personal prejudice.

 


 

Salute to Excellence Applications

Salute to Excellence applications are now open! If your nonprofit has been doing work worthy of celebration, apply today for cash prizes and community-wide recognition. We’d love to shine a light on your work at Salute to Excellence on October 29, 2020.

 

 


 

Upcoming Events

 

3/12: 2020 Innovation Catalyst Information Session 
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: If you’ve been losing sleep wondering how to make your revenue more sustainable, CNM’s Innovation Catalyst might be your answer. Catalyst participants will create plans for ventures that add an alternate revenue stream. If your organization is interested in applying for the Innovation Catalyst (or who already have a new venture in mind), we invite you to bring multiple staff members to our upcoming info session to learn about the application process… Read more.
3/13: Census 2020 Events
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: CNM is committed to equipping Middle Tennessee nonprofits with the resources they need to ensure a complete count for the 2020 Census. Explore our upcoming events and helpful information to make sure the groups you serve are represented… Learn more.
3/13: Implicit Bias Algorithm
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: This course illustrates the neurological processes behind trust-building, especially among those of varying backgrounds. Bias is further examined as it relates to cognition and our interaction with external clients and stakeholders. With an in-depth study of majority privilege, this course equips organizations with the tools to understand and manage bias in internal practices and external relationships… Read more.

 

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#NashvilleStrong

To our beloved nonprofit community and supporters,

 

Tuesday morning’s storms left many in our region broken, hurting, and in need of our support. Nashville is a city of resilience. We will rebuild. We’ve done it before. Rebuilding will require us all to band together, and CNM is ready to stand with you in that process. 
In the coming days and weeks as you process this tragedy, clean up, and care for those around you, we want to direct you to the resources and information you need to maximize your efforts as that information becomes available. Here are some ways you can serve those devastated by the storms starting today:
 
 
At times like this, our mission of amplifying your impact feels more timely than ever. Please let us know how we can serve you.

The Mission Memo: February 20, 2020

The 2020 Census could have a direct impact on your organization’s work. How can your nonprofit help ensure a complete count of the people you serve?

 

Join CNM and the U.S. Census Bureau for a series of info sessions about the basics of the census and its implications for nonprofits. We encourage you to register for an upcoming session if your nonprofit works closely with any of the groups below:
  • Children & Young Adults
  • Faith-based Communities
  • New American, Latin(x) & Hispanic, African American, LGBTQ, & Asian-Pacific Islander Communities
  • Veterans, People Experiencing Homelessness, & People Living in Group Quarters

 

Explore Census Events

 


 

 

The Big Payback is Middle Tennessee’s annual day of giving to support nonprofits. The 24-hour fundraising blitz will take place on May 6. Join CNM’s upcoming webinars to make sure you have the tools you need to launch a successful fundraising campaign for this year’s event.

 

 

Introduction to The Big Payback | March 3, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
$5 (member); $10 (nonmember)
What is The Big Payback, and how can your organization use it as a tool to bolster your fundraising efforts? Learn the basics of The Big Payback so your organization can make the most of this regional day of giving. Register
Develop Your Campaign for The Big Payback 
March 3, 10:30  – 11:30 a.m.
$5 (member); $10 (nonmember)
In this session, participants will explore a variety of content development methods that they will then outline in a content calendar that can be used for The Big Payback. Register

 


 

Celebrate and give back to the Nashville community by reserving seats to the Nashville Post’s annual Leaders event on March 4 at the Thompson Hotel. Join community leaders for an evening of celebration, networking, and fun! 

 

CNM members and supporters will receive a 50% discount on ticket prices using code CNM at checkout. A portion of tickets will benefit CNM in support of our mission to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners. Purchase tickets here.

 

 


 

CNM Membership 2020

At CNM our goal is to equip you with the things you need to make a difference. Join CNM as a member for 2020 to take advantage of member pricing for professional development, unlimited job postings, networking, and more.
Explore Membership

 


 

Community News

 

Is your nonprofit interested in collecting donated items like clothing, small electronics, or school supplies? Partner with Vanderbilt University for their upcoming Move Out, Help Out event. Vanderbilt will be collecting donated items from students, and those items could benefit your nonprofit. Email by February 28 to apply to participate in the event.
Save the date! CNM has partnered with The Research Center of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to produce a Nonprofit Economic Impact Study of the greater Nashville area. The study will be conducted via electronic survey sent by the Nashville Chamber on February 27.

 


 

Upcoming Events

 

2/27: Salute to Excellence: Call for Entries
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: Join CNM for Call for Entries, the kickoff event for Salute to Excellence, the largest nonprofit awards ceremony in the country, happening this year on October 29, 2020. Learn about the application process for CNM’s annual Salute to Excellence awards, where nearly $260,000 will be awarded to nonprofits for outstanding achievement… Read more.
2/28: Basic Grant Writing
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: How can your organization write a compelling proposal to increase your chances for funding and maximize your request for funding. While a grant may not be the answer to all of your problems, the ability to write a proposal that will result in funding is in high demand. This workshop provides practical help with the fundamentals of writing grant proposals and obtaining available funding… Read more.
3/12: 2020 Innovation Catalyst Information Session & Overview
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: If you have been losing sleep wondering about how to make your revenue more sustainable, the business planning process of the Innovation Catalyst might be your answer. Catalyst participants create plans for ventures that add an alternate revenue stream for your nonprofit. If your’re eady to get started on a new approach that goes beyond fundraising and offers a new spin on earned revenue, join our upcoming info session to learn more… Read more.

 

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The Mission Memo: February 6, 2020

CEO Conversations: Leading Well with Day 7, Inc.

February 20, 2020, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

The New Year has come, and with it often come resolutions, personally and professionally, to take better care of our health. Be it mentally, physically, or emotionally, it can be hard to know where to begin to care for yourself, much less the needs of others. So many in the nonprofit sector experience burnout and are seeking better balance for their teams.

Join CNM’s first CEO Conversations of the year with organizational health experts Day 7, Inc. to learn how you can create a culture of wellness in your organization.

Join the Conversation

 

Introduction to Systemic Racism (1-Day Course)

February 11 & 12

$130 (member); $260 (nonmember)

Is your organization ready to begin the work of exploring systemic racism?  CNM will host Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training as they return to Nashville to facilitate one of our most popular trainings of 2019. In this introductory workshop, participants will explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice.

Learn how your organization can take steps to become more equitable by registering for this workshop today. Follow the link below for course information and registration.

Explore Equity Offerings

 

CNM Membership 2020

At CNM our goal is to equip you with the things you need to make a difference. Join CNM as a member for 2020 to take advantage of member pricing for professional development, unlimited job postings, networking, and more.

Explore Membership

 

Upcoming Events

2/19: Fundamentals of Fundraising

SESSION HIGHLIGHT:  The nonprofits that survive, grow, and make a difference understand how fundraising is intricately woven with accomplishing their goals. This workshop will introduce participants to the elements of fundraising, including stewardship, events, grants, and the critical importance of a strategic and development plan… Read more.

 

2/19:  Nonprofit Sustainability Roundtable

SESSION HIGHLIGHT:  Join Urban Green Lab and CNM, with sponsor HCA Healthcare, as we unite diverse nonprofits to learn, network, and exchange best practices for making sustainable living education a top priority. In session two we’ll be covering the ends and outs of Sustainable Purchasing. Read more.

 

2/25: Census 2020: Supporting a Complete Count

SESSION HIGHLIGHT:  We invite you to participate in our first-ever Census 2020 Solutions workshops to learn how your organization can support a complete count in our community. CNM will be hosting two introductory sessions on 2/25 followed by a series of more targeted sessions to specific populations later in March… Read more.

 

2/27: Salute to Excellence: Call for Entries

SESSION HIGHLIGHT: Join CNM for Call for Entries, the kickoff event for Salute to Excellence, the largest nonprofit awards ceremony in the country, happening this year on October 29, 2020. Learn about the application process for CNM’s annual Salute to Excellence awards, where nearly $260,000 will be awarded to nonprofits for outstanding achievement… Read more.

 

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The Mission Memo: January 23, 2020

 

Make your biggest impact in 2020.

 

At CNM our goal is to equip you with the things you need to make a difference. Join as a CNM member for 2020 to take advantage of:

  • member pricing for professional development
  • unlimited job postings
  • exclusive networking opportunities
  • so much more…

Explore CNM Membership

 

**If this is your first time logging into our new website, we invite you to reset your password here to access your member dashboard. For account help, view our troubleshooting guide or contact us.

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Introduction to Systemic Racism
February 11 & 12

 

Is your organization ready to begin the work of exploring systemic racism? CNM will host Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training as they return to Nashville to facilitate one of our most popular trainings of 2019. In this introductory workshop, participants will explore racism as a systemic, institutional problem of power that goes beyond personal prejudice.

Learn how your organization can take steps to become more equitable by registering for this workshop today. Follow the link below for course information and registration.

Explore Equity Offerings

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Meharry-Vanderbilt Grant Opportunity

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core announced a new round of mini-grants for Spring 2020. Learn more about the grants here.

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Census 2020 at CNM

CNM will be hosting a series of informational sessions about the role of nonprofits in the 2020 Census. Join us for an upcoming info session!

February 25, 9-11:30 a.m.
February 25, 2-4:30 p.m.

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Quick Read

Nonprofits Can Protect their Data by Planning for the Worst (Nonprofit Quarterly)

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Have you explored CNM’s new website yet? We’ve curated courses, resources, and events by the six most-requested areas of nonprofit management.

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

1/29: CERTIFICATE: Revenue Development (Part 1) *CFRE accredited
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: Asking for money can be hard, but maintaining resources for your organization is essential to ensure your survival. Join the CNM Revenue Development Certificate to learn the skills you need to meet the demands of securing revenue for a nonprofit…. Read more.

 

2/7: CERTIFICATE: Volunteer Program Management (Part 1)
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: Are you feeling overwhelmed or lost with the day-to-day operation of your volunteer program? Have you recently been tasked with building a successful volunteer base for your agency? Running a successful volunteer program requires implementing smart management systems and procedures…. Read more.

 

2/13: Critical Competency for Board Members in Nonprofit Racial Equity Work
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: Invite your board members to this brand new session with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training. This interactive workshop is designed to help participants create the spaces to be self-reflective about our cultural shaping as individuals and institutions… Read more.

 

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The Mission Memo: January 13, 2020


 
 
We’re kicking off 2020 with a brand new website to better serve our nonprofit members and community partners. We hope you’ll enjoy the new face of cnm.org, including:

  • Expanded resources and events sorted by topic areas
  • An improved nonprofit job board with increased search and filter capabilities
  • A streamlined user experience to accommodate new and returning visitors
Ready to explore your upgraded CNM account? Begin by re-setting your password here to access the new system. For account help, view our troubleshooting guide or contact us.

 

Certificates at CNM

Is increased professional development one of your goals this year? Explore CNM certificates in five key areas for nonprofit success, and grow your skills and your professional network. Register today for one of the certificates below. 2020 cohorts begin soon!
 

Nonprofit Leadership

Revenue Development

Volunteer Program Management

Collective Impact

Board Fundamentals

 

Community News

Join the United Way of Greater Nashville and their partners for an upcoming informational session about the 2020 Census. Learn more about grants for organizations actively engaged in census-related outreach and the impact of the census on Tennessee residents. The session will be held on Tuesday, January 21 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Nashville building. Learn more and register here.

 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 

1/24:CERTIFICATE: Volunteer Program Management (Part 1)
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: Are you feeling overwhelmed or lost with the day-to-day operation of your volunteer program? Have you recently been tasked with building a successful volunteer base for your agency? Running a successful volunteer program requires implementing smart management systems and procedures…. Read more.
1/28:Implicit Bias Algorithm
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: Implicit bias is naturally encoded in our brains. Join the Culture Shift team to learn how to identify and mitigate your unconscious biases before they tarnish your brand and your most valued stakeholder relationships…. Read more.
1/29:CERTIFICATE: Revenue Development (Part 1)
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: Asking for money can be hard, but maintaining resources for your organization is essential to ensure your survival. Join the CNM Revenue Development Certificate to learn the skills you need to meet the demands of securing revenue for a nonprofit…. Read more.

 
 
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