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About Salute to Excellence:

Now in its 29th year as the country’s largest nonprofit awards ceremony, Salute has featured more than 600 nonprofit finalists and awarded more than $3.5 million to exemplary recipient organizations and their leadership. On October 20th, Salute to Excellence, presented by PNC Bank, brought together leaders in local business, community, and nonprofit sectors for a night of celebration at Belmont University’s Fisher Center.

Over 30 nonprofit organizations and leaders were recognized as winners and finalists across 13 award categories of excellence, with prizes totaling $252,000. We were honored to celebrate the incredible organizations that call Middle Tennessee home! Thank you for joining us and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

View our 2022 Salute to Excellence program.

“The Salute to Excellence awards are highly respected and have helped elevate our organization, which has resulted in more opportunities, connections, collaborations, and impact. ”

Leah Sherry, Executive Director at Turnip Green Creative Reuse, 2021 Winner of The Frist Foundation – Revenue Development 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

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.