Congratulations to the 2021 Salute to Excellence finalists!

2021 Salute to Excellence presented by PNC Bank Finalists Announced 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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

 

NASHVILLE, TN, July 1, 2021 — The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) announced the 29 finalists for the 2021 Salute to Excellence nonprofit awards, presented by PNC Bank. The finalist organizations are comprised of nonprofits large and small in diverse services areas supporting communities across Middle Tennessee.  

Now in their 28th year, the Salute to Excellence awards will be presented during a virtual event Oct. 21, featuring 10 award categories of nonprofit excellence. The event also will include a People’s Choice Award for Nonprofit Leadership, sponsored by The Memorial Foundation, selected via live voting during the event. Winning organizations will receive cash prizes in amounts collectively totaling more than $227,000, as well as recognition for their accomplishments serving the Middle Tennessee community. 

“The resilience of nonprofits has never been more apparent than it has been in the past year,” shared CNM President and CEO Tari Hughes. “It is an honor to be able to pause and recognize the hard work of so many deserving organizations at Salute to Excellence. There is no group more deserving of celebration than those who have been on the front lines of complex issues facing our community.” 

The 2021 Salute to Excellence awards are made possible by corporate and philanthropic supporters throughout the region including PNC Bank, the 2021 Hero of Excellence sponsor. 

“PNC has a long history of supporting local organizations that strengthen and enrich the lives of our communities,” said Mike Johnson, PNC regional president for Tennessee.  “As a Main Street bank, we understand that a healthy, happy, culturally engaged community is a significant driver for Middle Tennessee’s economic success. We congratulate this year’s finalists for the Salute to Excellence nonprofit awards.” 

The finalists for the ten awards categories are: 

CEO of the Year  

Tallu Schuyler Quinn, The Nashville Food Project 

Dr. Gatluak Thach, Nashville International Center for Empowerment  

Rikki Harris, TN Voices 

 

Diversified Trust New Generations 

Cumberland River Compact 

Operation Stand Down Tennessee  

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors 

 

Erie Chapman Foundation Radical Loving Care 

James Slater, Center for Living and Learning 

Pamela Styles, Progress, Inc. 

Tiffany Ladd, The Salvation Army  

 

KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year 

Daryl Farler, Amputee Blade Runners 

Doria Panvini, The Arc Tennessee  

Fred McLaughlin, Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee 

 

Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practices  

Justice Industries 

Plant the Seed 

Tennessee Environmental Council  

 

SunTrust Now Truist CFO of the Year 

Cecily McSurdy, Interfaith Dental Clinic  

Heather Verble, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee  

Renee Wood, Thistle Farms  

 

The Frist Foundation Innovation in Action 

Nashville Humane Association 

Senior Ride Nashville 

Turnip Green Creative Reuse 

 

The Frist Foundation Revenue Development 

FrankTown Open Hearts  

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville  

Turnip Green Creative Reuse  

 

The Frist Foundation Team Building  

Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands  

Martha O’Bryan Center  

Oasis Center  

 

United Way of Greater Nashville Community Impact 

Raphah Institute  

Sexual Assault Center 

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About CNM: CNM is a membership service organization that has served the Middle Tennessee nonprofit community and its partners for 35 years. CNM builds nonprofit capacity through consulting services, educational workshops and trainings, collective impact programming, networking opportunities, special events, member resources and moreCNM’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 PNC Bank: PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com. 

About Salute to Excellence: A key part of CNM’s mission is celebrating nonprofit organizations for their service to the community. For the past 28 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 local business, community and nonprofit leaders as they honor organizations in 10 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 $227,000.  

2021 marks the 28th 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. For more information, visit CNM’s website. 

Summer 2021 CNM Resource Guide

The latest edition of the CNM Resource Guide is now live! Packed full of tips and tricks to help you run your organization, this guide includes the latest in Salute to Excellence, member discounts, digital resources, brand management tools, and more. It also features upcoming events and grant opportunities that you don’t want to miss.

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2021 Nonprofit Needs Assessment

We want to hear from you! CNM’s 2021 Nonprofit Needs Assessment is now open. This short survey is intended to capture relevant data in the ever-evolving environment in the nonprofit sector and serve as a historical record of the past year and its challenges. Complete the assessment to be entered to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards.

 

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Legislative Session Recap May 10, 2021

The 112th General Assembly adjourned on May 5, 2021. During this year’s session, over 1,500 bills and resolutions were filed. The following items are highlights of bills that may be of most interest to many Tennessee nonprofit organizations. These items include bills that were passed and not passed, and include categories of: education, health/public benefits, nonprofits, racial and social justice, and miscellaneous/general interest.

The General Assembly will reconvene January 11, 2022. All bills that did not pass this year are still filed and will remain at the same status where they ended in the process this year. New bills will be filed next year. To learn more about the state legislative process and the effects on nonprofits, check out our upcoming workshops: Advocacy for Tennessee Nonprofits and Lifting the Veil on Tennessee’s State Budget.

 

Education

SB230/HB16 Teacher’s Discipline Act

Broadens authority of classroom teachers to enforce student disciplinary policy or code of conduct and to request removal of a student from the classroom in certain situations.

Enacted as Public Chapter 77 effective 1.1.22.

 

SB455/HB535 Charter schools contracting with for-profits organizations

A charter school may contract for management with a for-profit entity.

Will not pass this year.

 

SB677/HB598 Creates the Tennessee child care task force

Task force is to recommend a strategic action plan to address challenges of quality, affordability and accessibility.

Passed Senate and House and sent to Governor for signature.

 

SB1252/HB837 Opportunity Scholarships Program

Establishes a state tax-funded scholarship program for students attending private schools.

Did not pass this year.

 

SB1257/HB44  Provides more funding for full-time school social worker positions

Has passed Senate and House committees but still did not pass due to cost. The bill remains where it ended this year, having passed all the committees.

Taken off notice in Senate and House. Did not pass this year.

 

 

Health and Public Benefits

SB1/HB2 Independent dispute resolution procedures for emergency services

Establishes independent dispute resolution procedures for emergency services. Allows for greater billing transparency and notice and less “surprise billing.”

Deferred to a summer study committee. Did not pass this year.

 

SB7/HB10 Vaccinations and religious objections

Removes current law provisions that override ability of persons to object to vaccinations and immunizations on the basis of religious beliefs.

Failed in House subcommittee.

 

SB102/HB119 Creates Silver Alert program

Requires that TBI implement program to assist in locating missing vulnerable citizens. Initiated by Alzheimer’s Tennessee in response to deaths of persons with dementia due to “wandering”.

Passed Senate and House and sent to Governor for signature.

 

SB118/HB490 Establishes study of Medical Cannabis

Establishes medical cannabis commission to study laws and regulations in other states and propose legislation to establish a medical cannabis program.

Passed Senate and House and sent to Governor for signature.

 

SB751/HB142 Relates to DHS bill dealing with funding and not accumulating surplus reserves

Specifies benefits and programs including community grants, opportunity pilot programs, increases in monthly grants and lifetime benefits. Provides funding for some contracts with nonprofit groups. Bill filed at request of Governor.

Passed  Senate and House and sent to Governor for signature.

 

Nonprofit (bills primarily impacting nonprofits and charitable organizations)

SB426/HB820 Funds collected by the department of state

Specifies how funds from charitable organizations will be used.

Passed Senate and House. Governor has signed. Will become law.

 

SB664/HB720 Authorizes a nonprofit organization to conduct bingo games as its annual event

Passed Senate and House and sent to the Governor.

 

SB1608/HB159 Personal Privacy Protection Act

Prohibits public agencies from requiring an individual, 501(c)s, or contractors with the agency to provide personal information. Info is confidential, not an open record.

Passed Senate and House and sent to Governor.

 

HJR3 Constitutional amendment – bingo games conducted by 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations

Proposes amendment to Article XI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Tennessee, to allow for bingo games conducted by 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations,

Did not pass.

 

Miscellaneous and general interest

SB550/HB797 Tennessee Minimum Wage Act

Enacts “Tennessee Minimum Wage Act,” to establish a schedule for annual minimum wage increases beginning on January 1, 2022. Provides a minimum wage of (1) $9.25 per hour in 2022; (2) $10 per hour in 2023; (3) $11 per hour in 2024; and (4) $12 per hour in 2025.

Failed in Senate committee.

 

SB765/HB786 Handgun carry permits and offenses involving handguns

Detailed bill creates exemption for carrying of firearm if person meets qualifications for enhanced handgun carry permit, lawfully possesses handgun and is in a place where they have a right to be. Must be 21 (18 if member of armed services). Sets out some exceptions.

Passed Senate and House. Governor strongly supported and has now signed bill. Will become effective 7.1.21.

 

SB1402/HB1039 Limits eligibility for unemployment benefits to 12 weeks.

May be amended to lengthen somewhat. Current law  provides up to 26 weeks. 12 is fewer than any other state. Some increase in weekly benefits.

Passed Senate and House and will be sent to Governor.

 

Racial and Social Justice

SB600/HB1227 Vacates and reconstitutes the Tennessee historical commission

Fires all members of TN Historical Commission. Motivated by Commission’s vote recommending removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest statue from the Capitol to the State Museum. Did not pass this year.

 

SB968/HB1165 Creates the Tennessee African American historical commission

Creates commission and process for membership,  position of state historian for African American history and a fund for acquiring properties.

Did not pass this year.

 

SB1101/HB1460 Establishes age-appropriate instruction to public school students on Black history and culture

Requires this instruction for students in grades 5-8 on Black history and culture.

Did not become law this year.

 

SB1216/HB800 Prohibits use of textbooks and instructional materials that promote LGBTQ issues or lifestyles

Passed a House committee but did not become law this year.

 

SB1610/HB978 Creates a new misdemeanor for homeless persons who solicit funds or camp near certain roadways.

Failed in Senate Judiciary Committee. Passed House floor. Did not become law.

 

SB1328/HB21 Receiving refugees for resettlement

Requires TN to refuse to consent to receive refugees for purposes of resettlement.

Withdrawn in the House.

 

SB623/HB580 Prohibits teaching ‘critical race theory” and may prohibit teaching that institutional racism exists.

Makes various changes to present law about education and was amended to include provisions that schools cannot teach about critical race theory.

Passed in both Senate and House. Will be sent to the Governor.

 

SB843/HB513 Penalty for obstructing a highway

Makes it a felony for a protester to obstruct a highway while protesting or injuring someone while throwing an object. Grants immunity to drivers who unintentionally hit someone who is obstructing highway.

Passed House. Deferred to first calendar of 2022 in  Senate.

Legislative Update May 3, 2021

The information below provides current updates on legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly that may impact local nonprofits. For more information on the bills below, visit the Tennessee General Assembly website.

To find your legislator, visit this page and type in your address. For more information on a specific piece of legislation, click on this link and type in the bill number.

 

Education

SB230/HB16 Teacher’s Discipline Act

Broadens teacher authority to enforce student disciplinary policy and request removal of student from classroom in certain situations.
Enacted as Public Chapter 77 effective 1.1.22.

 

SB677/HB598 Tennessee child care task force

Creates new task force is to recommend a strategic action plan to address challenges of quality, affordability and accessibility.
Passed in the Senate, set for the House floor on 5/3/21.

 

Health and Public Benefits

SB102/HB119 “Silver Alert” program

Requires TBI to implement a program to assist in locating missing and vulnerable citizens.

Has passed in both the House and the Senate. Will become law.

 

SB751/HB142 TANF bill on funding and spending accumulating surplus reserves.

Increases benefits and programs including community grants, opportunity pilot programs, increases in monthly grants and lifetime benefits. Provides funding for some major contracts with nonprofit groups.

Governor’s bill. Passed in the House and set for the Senate floor on 5/3/21. Will pass.

 

Nonprofit (bills primarily impacting nonprofits and charitable organizations)

SB426/HB820 Funds collected by the department of state

Specifies how funds from charitable organizations will be used.

Has passed and awaits Governor’s signature.

 

SB664/HB720 Nonprofit organization’s ability to conduct a bingo game as its annual event

Passed in the Senate; set for the House floor on 5/3/21.

 

SB1608/HB159 Personal Privacy Protection Act

Prohibits public agencies from requiring an individual, 501(c)s, or contractors with the agency from providing personal information. Protections for personal info will be confidential.

Passed in the House, set for the Senate floor on 5/3/21.

 

HJR3 Constitutional amendment – bingo games conducted by 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations

Proposes an amendment to Article XI, Section 5 of the Constitution of Tennessee, to allow for bingo games conducted by 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(19) organizations,

Outcome unclear. Would still need to pass voter referendum, as do all constitutional amendments.

 

Miscellaneous and General Interest

SB765/HB786 Handgun carry permits and offenses involving handguns

Detailed bill creates exemption for unlawful carrying of firearm if person meets qualifications for enhanced handgun carry permit, lawfully possesses handgun and is in a place where they have a right to be. Must be 21 (18 if member of armed services). Sets out some exceptions.

Governor backed this bill. Passed and will become law effective 7.1.21.

 

SB1402/HB1039 Unemployment insurance benefits reduced

Reduces from 26 to 12 weeks for some recipients. Current law  provides up to 26 weeks. 12 is fewer than any other state. Increases weekly benefits. Expected to pass.

 

Racial and Social Justice

SB600/HB1227 Tennessee historical commissioners replaced

Vacates current membership of TN Historical Commission. Motivated by Commission’s vote to recommend removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest statue from the Capitol to the State Museum. Deferred to a summer study committee. Will not become law this year.

 

SB1101/HB1460 Age-appropriate instruction for students on Black history and culture

Requires instruction for students in grades 5-8 on Black history and culture. Deferred to summer study in the House. Will not become law this year.

Legislative Update April 2, 2021

The information below provides current updates on legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly that may impact local nonprofits. For more information on the bills below, visit the Tennessee General Assembly website. To find your legislator, visit this page and type in your address.

 

Education

SB230/HB16 Teacher’s Discipline Act

Broadens authority of classroom teachers to enforce the student disciplinary policy or code of conduct and to request removal of a student from the classroom in certain situations. Only teachers who are trained in evidence-based behavior supports are authorized to manage the teacher’s classroom, discipline students, refer a student to the principal, and hold students accountable for any disorderly conduct in school.

Status: Has passed both Senate and House.

 

SB677/HB598 Creates the Tennessee child care task force

Task force is to recommend a strategic action plan to address challenges of quality, affordability and accessibility.

Status: Seems to be in a reasonably good position to pass.

 

Health and Public Benefits

SB102/HB119 Creates Silver Alert program

Requires the TBI to implement a program to assist in locating missing and vulnerable citizens.

Status: Has passed Senate Judiciary and is working its way through other committees. Expected to pass.

 

SB751/HB142 Relates to DHS bill dealing with funding and not accumulating surplus reserves.

Deals with concepts and programs including community grants, opportunity pilot programs, increasing monthly grants and lifetime benefits. Governor’s bill.

Status: Expected to pass.

 

Nonprofit (bills primarily impacting nonprofits and charitable organizations)

SB426/HB820 Funds collected by the department of state

Specifies how funds from charitable organizations will be used.

Status: Expected to pass.

 

SB664/HB720 Authorizes a nonprofit organization to conduct a bingo game as its annual event

Status: Might pass but not sure how this interacts with constitutional provision prohibiting bingo.

 

Racial and Social Justice

SB600/HB1227 Vacates and reconstitutes the Tennessee historical commission

Vacates current membership of TN Historical Commission. Motivated by Commission’s vote to recommend removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest statue from the Capitol to the State Museum. Gov. Lee seems to support the Commission position.

Status: Passed Senate committee but won’t pass House.

 

SB1101/HB1460 Age-appropriate instruction to public school students on Black history and culture

Requires for students in grades 5-8 on Black history and culture.

Status: Has a good shot at passing.

Spring 2021 CNM Resource Guide

The latest edition of the CNM Resource Guide is now live! Packed full of tips and tricks to help you run your organization, this guide includes the latest in revenue development, member discounts, digital resources, remote working tools, and more. It also features upcoming events and grant opportunities that you don’t want to miss.

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The Mission Memo: February 12, 2021

Meet the Funders Special Edition: 

The Next Normal – Giving Trends & Fundraising Adaptations for 2021

February 23, 2021 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

Join CNM for our upcoming Meet the Funders Special Edition as we explore national trends, address event fundraising, and share tips for leveraging the charitable giving parts of the CARES Act. This conversation will feature Laura MacDonald, Vice-Chair of the Giving USA Foundation Board and 27-year expert in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, and philanthropy.

 

Laura comes as close to having a crystal ball as anyone when it comes to staying on top of the philanthropic landscape. Don’t miss this powerful conversation and panel discussion about strategies to sustain our organizations as we navigate the post-pandemic world.

 

Panelists include:
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Infinity Hospitality Waiving Venue Rental Fees for Events
Infinity Hospitality is offering to waive venue rental fees for The Bridge Building or The Bell Tower for 2021 events. The full-service event company is looking to assist you in throwing a great celebration: fundraising dinners, holiday parties, and more! Events must be booked by February 28th to receive the promotion. For full details about working with their team, email Bubba Plunk or call (615) 351-0574.

Early Bird Rate Extended for Upcoming Leadership Retreat
The Deane Foundation is partnering with CNM and Mike Wagner of the NorthStar Leadership Project to present a two-day, 1-night all-inclusive retreat for nonprofit leaders called Reaching Distant Horizons. This made-for-nonprofits leadership experience is an effort to help nonprofit leaders bridge the gap between the unique challenges of today and the long term needs of tomorrow. Register before February 19 to lock in the early bird rate. Learn more.

CERC Announces a New Round of Mini-Grants
The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core invites proposals for activities that promote health-oriented research partnerships between community organizations and academic researchers. The research partnerships should seek to improve community health outcomes, increase access to health and health-related services, enhance quality and effectiveness of health interventions, and/or inform future health policy. Learn more.
2/19: Creating an Open and Affirming Culture of Care for LGBTQ+ Staff and Clients
$50 for CNM members; $100 for nonmembers
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: This workshop will provide organizational leaders a road map to transformative action steps to create an open and affirming environment for LGBTQ+ staff and clients. Through the use of evaluation tools, experiential exercises and breakout sessions, participants will create an action plan for change within their organizations which will create a socially and emotionally safer environment for all staff and clients...Learn more.
2/25: Scenario Planning and Cash Management Techniques to Maintain Financial Strength
$50 for CNM members, $100 for nonmembers
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: As nonprofits reflect on their social impact and face pressure on their funding sources, they are increasingly thinking of new ways to deliver their services with less capital available. During this interactive session, learn about Profit & Loss (P&L) analysis & trending, scenario planning, cash flow forecasting and expense management...Learn more.
3/1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Your Board Recruitment
$50 for CNM members, $100 for nonmembers
SERIES HIGHLIGHT: Boards guide the nonprofit’s strategy to accomplish its mission. Organizations, funders, and the greater community are realizing that having a diverse board is a key factor in mission success. Join Kia Jarmon in learning the complexities of board recruitment and how to apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens...Learn more.

 

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Share Your Nonprofit’s Story with CNM

CNM is committed to sharing the stories of Middle Tennessee nonprofits as we overcome challenges and build a stronger future. We invite you to share about your nonprofit’s struggles, triumphs, and lessons learned as we capture a snapshot of the resilience of our sector in 2020 and beyond. All stories can be shared through the survey link below through October 31, 2020. 

Thank you for setting aside time to help us capture a snapshot of the current state of the nonprofit sector. Collecting sector data, sharing nonprofits’ struggles and triumphs, and celebrating the continued impact made by the sector is a priority goal for CNM in the upcoming year. Your feedback is extremely valuable and appreciated by our staff and board members!

 

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September/October 2020 CNM Resource Guide

The first edition of the CNM Resource Guide is now live! Packed full of tips and tricks to help you run your organization, this guide includes the latest in revenue development, member discounts, digital resources, remote working tools, and more. It also features upcoming events and grant opportunities that you don’t want to miss.

 

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