Nonprofits deserve recognition for the way they enrich life in Middle Tennessee. That’s why CNM is committed to honoring the hard work of nonprofit organizations and their commitment to community during Salute to Excellence.

The country’s largest nonprofit awards ceremony, Salute brings together leaders in local business, community, and nonprofit sectors for a night of celebration. 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.

Congratulations to the 2021 Salute to Excellence finalists!

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“The entire process of participating in the Salute to Excellence Awards was powerful. By just completing the application, our team was given the opportunity to step back and appreciate the work we’d done and what we accomplished. As nonprofit professionals, almost by definition, we are never satisfied with the status quo – there is always more work to be done. However, the Awards gave us an opportunity to see and celebrate not only what Big Brothers Big Sisters had accomplished, but what the nonprofit community has accomplished.”

Rebecca Ackerman, Chief Impact Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, 2019 Winner for Diversified Trust New Generations Award

“In 2019, Justice Industries was a Salute to Excellence finalist, and while we didn’t win our nominated category, we still enjoyed many benefits from being in the final three. We are a small, young organization, so the recognition was really a validation for us. “Being seen” in the room with other well-respected non-profits, so many key players in community giving, and so many hard working volunteers elevated our organization like nothing else has.”

Ellen Peterson, Executive Director of Justice Industries, 2019 Finalist for the Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practice Award