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2019 Summer Newsletter

Success with Succession Planning: 4 Steps to Take Right Now

Every year, we produce a board report on grantee outcomes. This year, we saw a consistent theme for outcomes not being met – staff turnover. The most important part of the staff turnover wasn’t that the outcomes weren’t met; it was that the clients stopped receiving services during the transition.

Staff transition is inevitable, so now is the perfect time to start planning for it. In her latest blog post, Meredith Benton shares four things your organization can do now to prepare for a staff transition or absence. She also includes templates for creating succession and back up plans. Check them out! 
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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. 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.

Letter of Intent Due: September 6, 2019

Application Deadline: September 13, 2019

Click here for more details and grant application guidelines and email any questions to Lexie Lipham at

Lessons Learned: Advocating for the Katie Beckett Waiver

Despite several attempts, Tennessee remained one of the few states without a Katie Beckett waiver, which provides Medicaid to children with serious medical conditions regardless of parental income. The hard work of advocates propelled the issue into the spotlight and passing the Katie Beckett waiver became one of the more significant legislative victories this year.

So how did this happen? What lessons can you apply to your advocacy work? Join us for a panel with key players and a group discussion to find out.

When: August 14th from 1:30-3:30

Where: Honey Alexander Center, 2400 Clinton Ave Nashville, TN 37209

Cost: Free!

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Congratulations to the 17 nonprofits that were collectively awarded over $900,000 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 alcohol and drug abuse or healing from abuse, neglect, and violence.  This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of The Healing Trust to over $92 million since 2002.  
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Q3 2019 Full Proposals and Operating Grant applications are due August 7, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Q4 2019 Preliminary Applications are due September 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Q4 2019 Full Proposals and Operating Grant applications are due October 16, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

Board Changes
The members on our board are changing in the new fiscal year. With gratitude, we say farewell to:

Rev. Kristina Brown, Community Minister, Communications/PR  for Doors of Hope

Lani Rossmann, Retired

We welcome the following people to our board:

Dr. Hana Ali, Sumner County Democratic Party Chair, Healthcare Professional

Rev. Jennifer Bailey Helderman, Founder and Executive Director,  Faith Matters Network

Magi Curtis, Partner, National Practice Leader, Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock 

Anders Hall, Vice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer, Vanderbilt University 

Intensive Training: Analyzing & Understanding Systemic Racism

Join CrossRoads Anti-Racism Organizing & Training for a 2.5 day intensive training at the Center for Nonprofit Management to answer these questions and more.  This workshop will emphasize exploring institutional and cultural manifestations of racism and the tools we need to help dismantle it.
Attendees will define systemic racism and learn how they can begin to dismantle it within their organizations.

When: August 14-16 or December 4-6 (participants should attend one of the 2.5 day trainings)

Where: Center for Nonprofit Management, 37 Peabody St # 201, Nashville, TN 37210

Who: Four (4) members of your organization

Cost: Sliding scale fee based on CNM membership status and organizational budget size

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Questions? Let’s Get In Touch! 615.284.8271 |
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