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Winners & Finalists – Salute 2022:

Join CNM and our community supporters in congratulating the 2022 Salute to Excellence winners and finalist organizations. These nonprofits have demonstrated a high degree of excellence in various areas of nonprofit management, and we are proud to celebrate their work in our community.

The winner for each category was announced at CNM’s in-person awards ceremony held on October 20, 2022, at Belmont University Fisher Center.

View the 2022 Salute to Excellence digital program!

Amazon Social Justice Changemaker Award

The Equity AllianceWinner

Corner to Corner

Raphah Institute


Diversified Trust New Generations Award


Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equality Tennessee (AWAKE)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee


Erie Chapman Foundation Radical Loving Care Award

Linda Cherry, Center of HopeWinner

Adrienne Caldwell, Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Janie Elkins, The Next Door


KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award

Jeff Dobyns, Men of ValorWinner

Todd Friedenberg, Samaritan Recovery Community

Avi Poster, Our Place Nashville


Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practices Award

The Nashville Food ProjectWinner

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc.


The Frist Foundation Innovation in Action Award

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumWinner

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee

Persist Nashville

The Frist Foundation Revenue Development Award

TennGreen Land ConservancyWinner

Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)


The Frist Foundation Team Building Award

Tennessee Justice for Our NeighborsWinner

Justice Industries

The Nashville Food Project


The Memorial Foundation Leadership Award

Inspiritus, Inc.Winner

Insight Counseling Centers

Nashville Civic Design Center


Truist CFO of the Year Award

Andrew Williams, Columbia AcademyWinner

Barry Cunningham, Progress Inc.

Karla Garig, First Steps


TrustCore CEO of the Year Award

Gail Powell, High Hopes, Inc.Winner

Pamela Sessions, Renewal House, Inc.

Leah Sherry, Turnip Green Creative Reuse


United Way of Greater Nashville Community Impact Award

UpRise Nashville & Healing HousingWinners

Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

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Want to learn more about Salute to Excellence Event Sponsorship?

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 future Salute Event Sponsor Opportunities.