New EPCP cohort announced!
New EPCP cohort announced!
The Ripple Effect
2020 Winter Newsletter

Our Team is Growing! 

Please join us in welcoming Samuel Jackson as our Senior Program and Community Engagement Officer.

Sam has 18 years of combined experience in education and the nonprofit industry, serving in a variety of roles. Sam has built programs and partnerships and has extensive experience in campaigns, marketing, major gifts, annual giving, grant writing, events, volunteer, and staff management. He most recently worked with youth and families in Nashville, serving as the Executive Director of the Horizons program at the University School of Nashville. Sam earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Master’s in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Tennessee State University. He is also a certified fundraising executive, receiving his CFRE certification in 2015.  

As the Senior Program and Community Engagement Officer, Sam will manage the physical and mental health grants' portfolios and implement THT’s advocacy work specific to those portfolios. He will also engage with underrepresented communities to understand how The Trust’s work can further align with the community’s needs. We look forward to introducing him in the upcoming weeks.

Census Resources

As you may already know, grassroots efforts are underway across the country to ensure an accurate census count, particularly among populations that are historically undercounted. Federal planning and budget cuts will impact census participation, and those impacts may have steep consequences for states in which undercounts occur. It is estimated that Tennessee will lose as much as $2,600 per person per year in federal dollars for each uncounted resident. The census is also a fundamental expression of our democracy and the ability for everyone to be counted. Please help us spread the word about the importance of completing the census. To make it easier for you, we have compiled easy-to-share resources that you can use to help spread the word. The materials are available on the Resources Page of our website.  

Funding for Census Outreach

A group of Donors Forum members created a pooled fund to support agencies that are providing outreach, education, and navigation assistance related to the census. Grants between $1,000 and $15,000 are available for organizations working on those core strategies and a brief application for funding is due February 1st. 
Get Census Resources and Applications

Are There Zombies In Your Meetings?

Our Retreat Facilitator, Abby Hyman, shares how a meeting with "zombie-like" professionals helped change her perspective on taking care of herself while taking care of others. 
Read the Blog
Q2 2020 Preliminary Applications are due March 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Q2 2020 Full Proposals and Operating Grant applications are due April 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Get the rest of the deadlines here
Leadership Program
We're proud to announce the 2020 cohort of the Executive Peer Circle Program (EPCP)! EPCP is a 12-month program that supports exceptional nonprofit leaders in our community. Participants will learn how to combat executive isolation, personal and organizational mission creep, vicarious trauma, and burnout.
Check out the Class
The Tennessee Respite Coalition is giving away some gently-used office furniture.  Contact Colby Miller if you're interested.
So long, 2019
In 2019, we awarded 81 grants and donations to 80 nonprofits. Read more about our impact and programs last year.
New Grantees
Congratulations to the 23 nonprofits that were collectively awarded over $1.4 million in our most recent cycle! Recipients of the grants include non-profit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on advocacy, physical health, mental health, recovery from substance abuse or healing from abuse, neglect, and violence.  This year’s grants bring the collective grantmaking of The Healing Trust to over $94 million since 2002.  
View Grant Recipients

Simplifying the Grant Application

Over the past few months, a group of funders have been collaborating to simplify the grant-writing process for you. Together, we created a list of common questions that you will see at the beginning of each of our applications. These common questions were developed to minimize the time nonprofit staff spends on completing grant applications to Middle Tennessee funders. Please note that while some of our application questions will be the same, each funder has different eligibility criteria and funding priorities and will also ask additional, specific questions in their application. Each funder also has a different timeline for rolling out the common application. 

The foundations that will use the common application are:
  • The Boedecker Foundation
  • The Healing Trust
  • Frist Foundation
  • Joe C. Davis Foundation
  • Maddox Charitable Fund
  • Scarlett Family Foundation

The Healing Trust will go live on Facebook on February 4th at 1:00 p.m. to answer all your questions about the common application.  You can join the conversation by viewing our Facebook page at that time. 
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CERC Mini-Grants

The Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core invites proposals for activities that promote on-going, mutually beneficial, health-oriented research partnerships between community organizations and academic researchers. Both academic and community partners are expected to contribute to the development of the proposal. Applicants may propose a community-engaged research project or a capacity-building project that enables the partners to pursue an identified research agenda. The long-term goals of the research partnerships supported by mini-grants should be one or more of the following: to improve community health outcomes, increase access to health and health-related services, enhance quality and effectiveness of health interventions, and/or inform future health policy.

Two grant awards are available:

(1) Partnership Development Grants: Up to $2,500 to support the creation of new community-academic partnerships and the strengthening of existing community-academic partnerships.

(2) Community-Engaged Research Grants: up to $10,000 to enable community-academic research partnerships to undertake pilot research activities.

All applicants must submit a letter of intent by March 13, 2020 and attend a webinar. Proposals are due March 20, 2020. Get more details here
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