Meet our 2022 Salute to Excellence Finalists!

Salute to Excellence Finalists

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

Salute to Excellence finalists are selected by panels of community volunteers. Each award has its own unique panel, who review the specific criteria and deliberate to select the finalists and winner. A winner for each category will be announced at CNM’s in-person awards ceremony on October 20, 2022.

Amazon Social Justice Changemaker Award

Corner to Corner

Raphah Institute

The Equity Alliance


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

Adrienne Caldwell, Operation Stand Down Tennessee

Linda Cherry, Center of Hope

Janie Elkins, The Next Door


KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award

Jeff Dobyns, Men of Valor

Todd Friedenberg, Samaritan Recovery Community

Avi Poster, Our Place Nashville


Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practices Award

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc.

The Nashville Food Project


The Frist Foundation Innovation in Action Award

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Gilda’s Club Middle Tennessee

Persist Nashville

The Frist Foundation Revenue Development Award

Legal Aid Society of Middle TN and the Cumberlands

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

TennGreen Land Conservancy


The Frist Foundation Team Building Award

Justice Industries

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

The Nashville Food Project


The Memorial Foundation Leadership Award

Insight Counseling Centers

Inspiritus, Inc.

Nashville Civic Design Center


Truist CFO of the Year Award

Barry Cunningham, Progress Inc.

Karla Garig, First Steps

Andrew Williams, Columbia Academy


TrustCore CEO of the Year Award

Gail Powell, High Hopes, Inc.

Pamela Sessions, Renewal House, Inc.

Leah Sherry, Turnip Green Creative Reuse


United Way of Greater Nashville Community Impact Award

Nashville Conflict Resolution Center

UpRise Nashville & Healing Housing

Salute 2022 Award Funders

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