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Salute to Excellence

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 nonprofits award ceremony, Salute brings together over 1000 leaders in local business, community, and nonprofit sectors. 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.

Salute to Excellence Update

April 15, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to cancel our 2020 Salute to Excellence event. Our nonprofits need our support, immediately. With the mission of Salute in mind – to lift up and support the nonprofit sector – we’re turning our focus toward being of greatest value right here, right now.


We are grateful to the support of our Salute Presenting Sponsor, PNC Bank, and the many generous award and event sponsors who are working with us to find valuable ways to serve our members through much needed crisis response programming. CNM will keep you posted on how we’re working together to serve our hard working nonprofits in these uncertain times. 


This decision is the product of much deliberation with our board and staff. As a substantial draw on staff time, future event and celebration planning doesn’t feel like the highest and best use of our time. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate with you again at an appropriate time. For now, we’re here to help you in the ways that that you need us now.

“Winning a Salute to Excellence Award was a huge goal for us at Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee! It lifted our sights and opened the door to new audiences for our free cancer support program. Above all, we were thrilled to celebrate our non-profit community and be recognized amongst our peers.”

Hayley Levy, Director of Development for Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee, 2018 Winner for KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year

“We were shortlisted for two awards in 2018 and one of the unexpected consequences was the way in which Salute to Excellence raised awareness of our mission and programs among philanthropists in Nashville. That became apparent during our Annual Fund campaign in the weeks following the Awards dinner, when we received a surprising number of new donors giving at a significant level.”

Harriet Warner, Development Director for Crossroads Campus, 2018 Finalist for The Frist Foundation Awards of Achievement – Innovation in Action and Revenue Development