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The Mission Memo: February 20, 2020

Board Governance, Community Impact, Nonprofit Leadership, Nonprofit Operations, Program Management, Revenue Development

February 20, 2020

The 2020 Census could have a direct impact on your organization’s work. How can your nonprofit help ensure a complete count of the people you serve?


Join CNM and the U.S. Census Bureau for a series of info sessions about the basics of the census and its implications for nonprofits. We encourage you to register for an upcoming session if your nonprofit works closely with any of the groups below:
  • Children & Young Adults
  • Faith-based Communities
  • New American, Latin(x) & Hispanic, African American, LGBTQ, & Asian-Pacific Islander Communities
  • Veterans, People Experiencing Homelessness, & People Living in Group Quarters




The Big Payback is Middle Tennessee’s annual day of giving to support nonprofits. The 24-hour fundraising blitz will take place on May 6. Join CNM’s upcoming webinars to make sure you have the tools you need to launch a successful fundraising campaign for this year’s event.



Introduction to The Big Payback | March 3, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
$5 (member); $10 (nonmember)
What is The Big Payback, and how can your organization use it as a tool to bolster your fundraising efforts? Learn the basics of The Big Payback so your organization can make the most of this regional day of giving. Register
Develop Your Campaign for The Big Payback 
March 3, 10:30  – 11:30 a.m.
$5 (member); $10 (nonmember)
In this session, participants will explore a variety of content development methods that they will then outline in a content calendar that can be used for The Big Payback. Register



Celebrate and give back to the Nashville community by reserving seats to the Nashville Post’s annual Leaders event on March 4 at the Thompson Hotel. Join community leaders for an evening of celebration, networking, and fun! 


CNM members and supporters will receive a 50% discount on ticket prices using code CNM at checkout. A portion of tickets will benefit CNM in support of our mission to amplify the impact of nonprofits and their partners. Purchase tickets here.




CNM Membership 2020

At CNM our goal is to equip you with the things you need to make a difference. Join CNM as a member for 2020 to take advantage of member pricing for professional development, unlimited job postings, networking, and more.
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Community News


Is your nonprofit interested in collecting donated items like clothing, small electronics, or school supplies? Partner with Vanderbilt University for their upcoming Move Out, Help Out event. Vanderbilt will be collecting donated items from students, and those items could benefit your nonprofit. Email by February 28 to apply to participate in the event.
Save the date! CNM has partnered with The Research Center of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to produce a Nonprofit Economic Impact Study of the greater Nashville area. The study will be conducted via electronic survey sent by the Nashville Chamber on February 27.



Upcoming Events


2/27: Salute to Excellence: Call for Entries
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: Join CNM for Call for Entries, the kickoff event for Salute to Excellence, the largest nonprofit awards ceremony in the country, happening this year on October 29, 2020. Learn about the application process for CNM’s annual Salute to Excellence awards, where nearly $260,000 will be awarded to nonprofits for outstanding achievement… Read more.
2/28: Basic Grant Writing
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: How can your organization write a compelling proposal to increase your chances for funding and maximize your request for funding. While a grant may not be the answer to all of your problems, the ability to write a proposal that will result in funding is in high demand. This workshop provides practical help with the fundamentals of writing grant proposals and obtaining available funding… Read more.
3/12: 2020 Innovation Catalyst Information Session & Overview
SESSION HIGHLIGHT: If you have been losing sleep wondering about how to make your revenue more sustainable, the business planning process of the Innovation Catalyst might be your answer. Catalyst participants create plans for ventures that add an alternate revenue stream for your nonprofit. If your’re eady to get started on a new approach that goes beyond fundraising and offers a new spin on earned revenue, join our upcoming info session to learn more… 


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