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Sam Howard Empowerment Fund


The Sam Howard Empowerment Fund is a joint initiative supported by The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and CNM to support nonprofit leaders of color with professional development opportunities. If you identify as a leader of color in the local nonprofit sector, we encourage you to learn more and apply for our 2023/2024 cohort!

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About the Fund

The Sam Howard Empowerment Fund exists to support emerging and established leaders of color in the nonprofit sector in Middle Tennessee with professional development opportunities. Successful applicants will receive up to $500 in scholarship funds to be applied toward CNM’s professional development workshops and certificates.

The fund emerged from a partnership between The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) and the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM). It is made possible by the generous support from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

It is named in memory of Sam Howard, a healthcare pioneer, businessman, and nonprofit leader in Middle Tennessee.

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Stay tuned to learn more about our 2023-2024 cohort!

Who Should Apply?

  • Must be an individual who identifies as a person of color
  • Must reside in Middle Tennessee
  • Must be employed or affiliated with a nonprofit organization, either as an emerging or established leader
  • Preference given to members of the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) or the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT), but membership is not required to be considered for the Sam Howard Empowerment Fund


  • Scholarship recipients will receive $500 to be used towards CNM workshops as well as group coaching, learning, and networking opportunities.  Workshops and other opportunities must be utilized by the scholarship recipient only
  • Please contact Miriam Reed at miriam@cnm.org if you have questions or need additional assistance


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About Urban League of Middle Tennessee

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization that provides direct services to impact and improve the lives of thousands of underserved communities across Middle TN. The mission of the Urban League is to enable African-Americans, other minorities, and disenfranchised groups to secure economic self- reliance, power, parity, and civil rights. ULMT has served thousands of individuals and added millions of dollars back into Nashville’s economy through job training and placement, as well as youth education and career exploration initiatives. Each day working men and women, scholars, entrepreneurs, homeowners and advocates participate in an array of services that meets their needs.  With valued corporate partners like the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM), we open doors of opportunity and help build a strong, talented workforce that benefit us all.

About CNM

CNM is a capacity building organization whose mission is to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners. Nothing is more critical to that mission than preparing nonprofit leaders to serve their community. As part of the CNM’s commitment to creating and sustaining a more equitable sector, we, in partnership with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, are offering scholarships for emerging and established nonprofit leaders of color to use for professional development trainings. Scholarships will provide recipients with the opportunity to expand their skills and strengthen their networks through courses offered by CNM.