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Salute to Excellence

What is Salute to Excellence?

In its 29th year, CNM’s ‘Salute to Excellence’ has been a cornerstone event in Middle Tennessee, celebrating nonprofit leadership, impact, and innovation. Over the years, the event has honored more than 600 nonprofit organizations and awarded over $3.5 million to exemplary organizations and their leadership.

As the nation’s largest nonprofit award ceremony, this year’s event featured 34 finalists in 12 award categories of excellence. The finalist organizations are comprised of nonprofits large and small in diverse service areas supporting communities across Middle Tennessee. Winning organizations will receive cash prizes in amounts collectively totaling more than $250,000 and recognition for their accomplishments in serving the Middle Tennessee community.

How do I join as a Salute to Excellence event sponsor?

Local nonprofits bring exceptional grit and resolve to the table, making incredible strides toward social change. We celebrate with great pride and gratitude for their countless achievements throughout this past year. We invite you to join local nonprofit leaders and community influencers by partnering with CNM as a future ‘Salute to Excellence’ event sponsor.

As a CNM partner, your funding will support nonprofit strategic growth, capacity building, and sustain CNM’s strength as the social sector’s hub and thought leader. Connect with our Director of Development & Marketing, Kara Duke, to explore upcomming Salute Event Sponsor Opportunities.

Membership

What are the benefits of a CNM membership?

At CNM, your mission is our mission. Our job is to help you strengthen your organization and meet your goals. Being a member of CNM means being connected to a network of over 800 nonprofit organizations in Middle Tennessee, and members receive exclusive access to events and discounts on an array of services.

Membership with CNM can help your organization grow, develop, save money, and so much more. Explore our array of member benefits here.

How do I access my account?

CNM launched a new website and database in December 2019. Existing CNM account holders are required to reset their passwords to login to the new website. If you are an existing account holder, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Proceed to cnm.org/login and hit the Forgot Password? link.
  2. Type the email address associated with your old cnm.org account and hit Get New Password.
    • If you get an error message, you have either used the incorrect email address or you need to create a new account on this page.
  3. Check your inbox for a password recovery email. If you do not see a password recovery email, check your junk folder.
  4. Follow the link in the recovery email and proceed to your user dashboard. From there you can manage your contact information, post a job, renew your membership, and view your records.

If  you are new to CNM’s website, please begin by creating an account on this page.

Who can be included in my organization’s membership?

All staff members, board members, and volunteers associated with your organization can reap the benefits of your organization’s membership. We encourage you to register all of your nonprofit’s staff members on your CNM account so they can gain access to member pricing, scholarships, communications, and more.

Consulting

How does my organization begin a consulting engagement with CNM?

Your organization is considering getting help from a nonprofit consultant. Now what? CNM can help match you with a qualified consultant in your area of need! This process begins when the potential client (nonprofit organization) connects with CNM by using this intake form or by emailing consulting@cnm.org.

From there, our consulting team will set up a discovery call with you, advise you on next steps, and match you with a consultant based on client preference, skill set, availability, area of need, and fit. Check out this page to learn about our consultants.

How will my organization be matched with a consultant?

CNM matches clients with a consultant based on skill set, area of need and consultant familiarity, prior experience, facilitating style, availability, and client preference. Clients are encouraged to explore this page to familiarize themselves with our consultant experts and their project focus to provide input to CNM’s consulting team on consultants they would like to work with.

What is included in the cost of the consulting engagement?

Three main components are included in the cost of the consulting project. First, consultant preparation time is included, which covers any time the consultant spends designing materials or deliverables, researching, and preparing for facilitation. Next, the cost covers the consultant time on- site, or time engaged with the client. Finally, the cost includes any follow-up required by the consultant such as emails, phone calls, and documentation. The time required for preparation, on-site meetings, and follow up is budgeted in the original scope and contract. Any changes in consultant’s time on the project must be made through a contract amendment.

How long until my project begins?

Expect it to take 1 to 3 weeks from the initial discovery call to reach a proposal. This length of time can be quicker or shorter as it is dependent on the client and consultant schedules as well as project scope.

How long does a consulting project take?

The length of a project is dependent on the type and scope of the project as well as client and consultant schedules. Time commitments can range from one-day facilitations to several month-long projects.