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Update: Salute to Excellence Postponed Until Fall 2024

Salute to Excellence, the annual celebration of nonprofit excellence in Middle Tennessee, has been postponed until 2024. Our team, board, and event chairs made the difficult decision to delay the awards ceremony while our organization takes dedicated time to assess our services to the community and conclude the search for our future chief executive officer.

Throughout the last 29 years, Salute has attracted up to 1,400 attendees and provides financial awards and recognition to Middle Tennessee nonprofit agencies.  Salute to Excellence has featured over 600 nonprofit finalists and awarded more than $3.5 million to exemplary recipient organizations and their leadership. We are honored to celebrate the incredible organizations that call Middle Tennessee home.

Stay tuned! We can’t wait to unveil our plans for the 30th Anniversary celebration and highlight the remarkable individuals, funders, and organizations who have been pivotal resources throughout Salute’s history.


Thanking 2022 presenting sponsors showing logo of PNC Bank and 2022 Award Sponsors showing logos of Trust Core, The Frist Foundation, Amazon, Piedmont Natural gas, United Way of Greater Nashville, Kraft CPAs, Erie Chapman Foundation, The memorial Foundation, Diversified Trust, Truist, 2022 event sponsors showing logos of Vanderbilt University, Blue Cross Blue shield of Tennessee, Jackson, Cat Financial, Alliance Bernstein, The General Insurance, HUB, Chazin and Company, Lipscomb University, Parthenon Public relations, Element 47, Mutual of America, Pinnacle Financial Partners, HCA HealthCare, Tristar Health, Nashville Electric Service, Studio Bank, Ingram Industries, Nissan, University of TN Knoxville, LBMC, Northern Trust, Dept of Social work and 2022 Health Sponsor showing Logo of Vanderbilt University

“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.