Slots left for December retreat
Slots left for December retreat
The Ripple Effect
Fall 2016 newsletter
Meet The Sycamore Institute!
Founded in 2015 as a new initiative of the Healing Trust, the Sycamore Institute is an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy center for Tennessee. The organization’s core mission is to provide accessible, reliable data and research in pursuit of sound, sustainable public policies for the state. Over the last year, the Institute has hired its first three staff members, recruited its bipartisan board, and developed its first theory of change to guide the work over the next three years.
As a reflection of its commitment to a vision of a thriving Tennessee whose top priority is the health and well-being of all its citizens, the Sycamore Institute launched with two key areas of focus: state budget and health policy.
Where do state budget and health policy meet?
Health and well-being are complex issues that demand significant public and private resources to build and maintain. In Tennessee, healthcare and education are the state’s top two budget priorities, meaning they are two issues Tennessean policy makers take very seriously when designing and approving the state’s annual budget. The Sycamore Institute is dedicated to understanding and explaining the state budget and existing and proposed laws that impact the health and well-being of Tennesseans. This information will enable citizens, policymakers, non-profit agencies, foundations, media outlets, service providers and others to better understand the fiscal and human impact of pending policies, giving them a non-partisan and informed stake in the process and the outcomes.
The Sycamore Institute welcomes your participation and input in their process.  Please connect with them to learn more and get involved.
Laura Berlind, Executive Director,
Courtnee Melton, Policy Analyst,
Mandy Pellegrin, Director of Health Policy,
Space Available There is still space available in the December Healing for the Healer retreat! The retreats are open to nonprofit staff/volunteers and employees of other service agencies including nurses, law enforcement, etc. in our service area.
Register for December retreat
Here are a few of the books that our staff is reading.
Scared of Advocacy?
Join us for a 2-day session on November 1 & 2 to explore the topic. We'll answer the following questions and explain how the presidential election will impact your work.
What is advocacy? 
What can get nonprofits in trouble?
What activities can help nonprofits further their mission?
What can nonprofits do to engage a new set of policymakers in the next legislative session? 
Save the dates and check-in with the Center for Nonprofit Management for more info.
Q4 2016 full proposals are due October 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Q1 2017 preliminary applications are due December 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

The 2017 grant deadlines are available on the Apply page of our website.   
The Tennessee Justice Center is hosting a two-day training called "Navigating TennCare." Attendees can expect to learn how the Affordable Care Act affects Tennesseans, ways to navigate TennCare, work-arounds for complex issues, and methods to bring everything together to best help Tennesseans get the health care they need. Click here for more info. Registration closes October 16th.

The Center for Nonprofit Management's annual Salute to Excellence awards dinner is October 18, 2016 at the Omni Nashville Hotel at 6:30 p.m.
Need help with your grant application?  
The resources page on our website (under the News tab) includes an example of a good budget justification, volunteer time, and mileage reimbursement calculation information. 
Many of The Healing Trust's 2017 workshop dates are available.
Register for a Wokshop
Our Advocacy Grants program focuses on increasing access to healthcare or the prevention of childhood trauma/adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Read more about the various types of childhood trauma and potential solutions. 
Congratulations to the 19 nonprofits that were collectively awarded over $1.1 million in our Q3 Grant Cycle! This quarter’s grants brings our grant making to over $75 million since 2002.
View Grant Recipients
Questions? Let’s Get In Touch! 615.284.8271 |
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