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PLEASE READ - Forum Rules and How to Post Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch This is a forum to post information for the benefit of East TN nonprofits, including resources and services relevant to nonprofit organizations or their clients. Forum administrators have the final say and reserve the right to remove posts at any time. If you would like us to post something for you, please send the information to Tiffani Mensch at tmensch@betternonprofits.org.
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund Seeks Proposals-Due 1/31 Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch The Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund (TLIF), a project of the Tennessee Bar Foundation (TBF), will award up to $1M in grant funding in 2019 to organizations which will provide innovative approaches to civil legal aid for vulnerable populations across the state.  Applications are due by January 31, 2019.   TLIF is a two-phase effort to achieve sustainable, system-level change in civil legal aid which will work toward breaking the cycle of poverty and barriers to justice faced by Tennesseans. Following the distribution and evaluation of the first $1M in grant awards, TLIF will invest an additional $7M, over the next five years, for the implementation and expansion of successful approaches.   The TBF is focused on TLIF funds being used to explore system change.  Research and case studies demonstrate that a system-change approach can achieve cooperation and results beyond serving the current needs of community members -- actually changing the underlying conditions that lead to the challenges of poverty, food insecurity, health-care access limitations, and illiteracy. Applied to civil legal aid, TBF hopes TLIF funds may stem the tide of civil injustice for those with limited access to legal aid providers and lack of awareness of their rights and options. Some of the challenges facing Tennessee’s vulnerable citizens include bankruptcy, eviction, healthcare access, employment discrimination, and predatory lending practices.   Interested applicant organizations may be assisted in proposal planning by referring to the attached article and worksheets as guides. Additional information about the TLIF program and access to the online application portal are available at www.tnbarfoundation.org/tlif.
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
VISTA Funding Available! Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) seeks Concept Papers for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program from outcome-driven organizations that share the AmeriCorps VISTA mission of providing long term solutions to poverty.   Overview of AmeriCorps VISTA: Founded in 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal anti-poverty program designed to provide needed resources to nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments, tribal governments and public agencies to increase their capacity to lift communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA is a full-time national service program for organizations interested in developing lasting solutions to the problem of poverty in the United States. Projects must be developed in accordance with four core principles: an anti-poverty focus; community empowerment; sustainable solutions; and capacity building.   VISTA Member Benefits and Logistics: AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at sponsoring organizations, and serve approximately 40 hours per week addressing issues which have been locally identified as community priorities. The project goals and activities are designed to build the sponsor’s capacity to serve low-income communities.   Additional Information:  ·         Request for Concept Paper Notice ·         Request for Concept Paper Timeline   Please contact TN@cns.gov for further information.    
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Progressive Multiplier Fund-Webinar Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   The Progressive Multiplier Fund is a nonprofit fund that gives grants to progressive organizations in order to help fund revenue-generating projects.   The next grant application deadline is January 18th, 2019, and they will be hosting an informational webinar on November 15th.    If you or someone you know are interested in attending the webinar, you can register for it here. You can also visit their website, https://progressivemultiplier.fund/, to learn more.
by T. Mensch
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Nominations are Open: Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   Do you know an outstanding East TN volunteer? Show them how much they mean to your community. NOMINATE your favorite volunteer for the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards today! https://www.volunteeretn.org/GVSA  
by T. Mensch
Monday, October 22, 2018
TN Legal Initiatives Fund Grant Opportunities Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch Foundation Announces Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund Grant Opportunities   Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Bar Foundation (TBF) has begun the application process today for a new $8M grant program. “TLIF,” the Tennessee Legal Initiatives Fund, will encourage and support innovative, system-change approaches to the challenges faced by Tennessee’s most vulnerable residents. Grants will be awarded to organizations and partnerships, which may be located in one or more specific counties, a region of the state, or serve the target population statewide, to provide inventive civil legal aid support. With the thoughtful consideration of a “blue ribbon” committee, the following goals have been identified for this granting program: “To broaden the capacity of selected organizations across the state to break the cycle of poverty and the barriers to justice by using civil legal aid and education, which will increase productivity and success for vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations are identified as those with limited access to or limited experience with their civil legal rights – including but not limited to youth, seniors, rural communities and those facing chronic poverty.” The first round of grants will distribute up to $1M to pioneering organizations and collaborations so they may pilot new approaches. Based on the success of these pilots, further funding will be provided during the second phase of the program, which will distribute approximately $7M more over five years. The administration of TLIF is in addition to TBF’s long-standing IOLTA grants program, which has supported projects that provide civil legal aid or work to improve the administration of justice since 1988, granting over $21,000,000. “We see the TLIF program to make a deep impact in the lives of those with greatest need, both today and in the future. Its purpose is to invest in new ways of thinking,” says TBF Executive Director, Barri Bernstein. Additional information about the program is available at http://www.tnbarfoundation.org/TLIF. Interested organizations are encouraged to visit the website for details, deadlines, and to begin the application process. ### The Tennessee Bar Foundation is an organization of attorneys from across the state, active since 1982. The Foundation has a three-fold purpose: 1. to honor attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the profession by electing them to membership as “Fellows,” 2. to use the contributions of these Fellows to support selected, law-related public interest projects, and 3. to administer Tennessee’s IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers’ Trust Accounts) program.   For more information on the Tennessee Bar Foundation, contact tlif@tnbarfoundation.org.
by T. Mensch
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
10/2-10/3 Conference: A Developmental Approach to Healing Trauma Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch Harmony Family Center and The ChildTrauma Academy invite you to a two-day professionals' conference: Regulate, Relate, Reason: A Developmental Approach to Healing Trauma Day 1 will take place at The Mill & Mine, a state-of-the-art event venue nestled in historic downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. Breakout sessions will be held across the street at the beautiful Historic Southern Railway Station built in 1903. Day 2* will take place at Harmony’s Montvale property. Camp Montvaleis a picturesque camp nestled at the foot of Chilhowee Mountain and adjoins the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 2008, Camp Montvale has been the site of therapeutic family camps and camps for children who have been adopted or are in foster care from Tennessee. It also is an ideal setting for staff development and retreats. The 364-acre camp has cabins for up to 150 campers and staff, a meeting lodge with dining facilities, and open-air pavilions. The camp is home to miles of hiking trails, a small lake, playgrounds, a pool, a low ropes course, a climbing tower, volleyball and basketball courts, and equestrian facilities.   CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER
by T. Mensch
Monday, August 13, 2018
ORNL Grant Opportunity Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – AUGUST 6, 1948 ORNL FCU 70th Anniversary Celebration – August 6, 1948 Celebrating 70 years of ORNL Federal Credit Union $70,000 Community Giveback & Investment   CAMPAIGN SUMMARY For over 70 years, serving members of ORNL FCU has been an honor. We are equally honored to invest in the communities where our members and employees live, work, worship, and attend school. To commemorate our anniversary, ORNL FCU wants to give back in a big way—by donating $10,000 each to seven non-profit organizations in the East Tennessee community.   ORNL FCU members and employees are equally passionate about supporting the East Tennessee community and together, we make our communities thrive. It’s important to us that we understand their interests and their community’s needs. That’s why we’re seeking their help in selecting the organizations that will each receive a $10,000 donation.   To celebrate ORNL FCU’s heritage, we are inviting members to nominate organizations and share with us why they should receive a $10,000 donation from ORNL FCU:   1.  How is the organization best serving the needs of our community? 2.   Why are you passionate about the organization? 3.   If you are involved in the organization, tell us why and what you do. 4.   How is the organization helping our community thrive?   We can’t support every non-profit organization in our 16 county charter; from the nominations received, we will select and award organizations that represent diverse interests and areas across our charter area.  Nominations from members will be accepted between August 6 and August 25. Organizations selected to receive a $10,000 donation will be announced the beginning of September.   NOMINATION PERIOD - Member nominations accepted between August 6 and August 25. - Nominations can be submitted to outreach@ornlfcu.com or 2077 Town Center Blvd. Suite #204, Knoxville, TN 37922 with attention to the Marketing Department.   NOMINATION GUIDELINES - Must be a member or an employee of ORNL FCU. - Must adhere to ORNL FCU’s Outreach Program Requirements & Criteria. - Must authorize ORNL FCU to use their likeness should their organization be selected. LEARN MORE  AND FILL OUT THE REQUEST FORM: https://www.ornlfcu.com/explore/news-media/news/news-detail/2018/08/02/70th-anniversary-celebration-august-6-1948  
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
2018 Opportunities of a Lifetime Fair Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch The Opportunities of a Lifetime Fair is an excellent venue for our first year and transfer students to explore the many options available with nonprofits in our area and with on-campus student organizations. Since there is no cost to attend this event, many agencies will share a table with a related student organization or another community agency. We encourage you to bring materials illustrating the passions and purpose of your organization, along with your enthusiasm and opportunities for our students to serve with your organization. The event will be on Thursday, September 6, from 12:00-2:00pm in the Clayton Center for the Arts. (For agencies who have participated before, please note the NEW location!) You may begin setting up your information at 11:15am on the morning of the Fair. Bribery works! Do whatever you can to lure students to your table. Don’t forget to make a sign-up sheet asking for contact information! Confirmed agencies will receive additional information (ie. parking) closer to the date. Please email your confirmation to Becky.Chapman@maryvillecollege.edu by Wednesday, August 29.   If you have any questions, please contact Amy Gilliland at 865.981.8122 or by email at Amy.Gilliland@maryvillecollege.edu. 
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
25 Years of Giving Video Contest Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   On June 30, 2018, the First Horizon Foundation will celebrate its 25th anniversary of supporting nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve.   To celebrate this milestone and introduce our Capital Bank Foundation, we’re launching our 25 Years of Giving Video Contest.   Founded in 1993, the First Horizon Foundation is the private charitable foundation of First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of Capital Bank and First Tennessee Bank. The First Horizon Foundation operates under two entities, Capital Bank Foundation and the First Tennessee Foundation.   The First Tennessee Foundation supports organizations in our Tennessee and Texas service areas and the Capital Bank Foundation will support our community investment efforts in our Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia communities.   The foundation focuses contributions to strengthen these vital signs of a strong community: Arts & Culture: Promoting excellence and enrichment in the arts Education & Leadership: Educating, developing the next generation of leaders Environment: A more sustainable tomorrow, future Financial Literacy: Investing in the financial future Health & Human Services: Improving the well-being of our communities For more information, visit www.25yearsofgiving.com.   WHAT: 25 Years of Giving Video ContestFinalists will be determined through public voting and winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners will receive anniversary tribute grants in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, for a total of $250,000.   WHY: To uplift and strengthen our communities   WHO: Eligible nonprofit organizations in our service areas   WHEN: June 25, 2018 – Contest announced Aug. 1, 2018 – Submission deadline Aug. 15 – 31, 2018 – Round 1: Public voting Sept. 5 – 19, 2018 – Round 2: Celebrity judges Oct. 2018 – Winners announced HOW: Organizations will submit 60 second videos sharing stories of how we can and have partnered with them to support our communities. Videos produced using a smartphone are acceptable and preferred.   CONTEST IS OPEN TO ORGANIZATIONS IN THE FOLLOWING CITIES/METROPOLITAN AREAS: West Tennessee: Memphis, Jackson Middle Tennessee: Nashville, Murfreesboro, Cookeville East/Northeast Tennessee: Knoxville, Chattanooga, Cleveland, Tri-Cities, Greeneville, Sevierville, Morristown/Dandridge Florida: Jacksonville, South Florida/Keys Northwest Mississippi: Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando, Horn Lake, Senatobia North Carolina: Triad, Triangle, Charlotte, Hickory, Asheville South Carolina: Charleston, Greenville/Spartanburg, Columbia Texas: Houston Virginia: Richmond
by T. Mensch
Friday, July 13, 2018
Moonlight Bootlegger 5k-Donations of $20 per volunteer Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   The Moonlight Bootlegger 5k is coming up on July 21st at Ijams Nature Center. Volunteers are needed to help with registration and packet pick up before the race, directing athletes on the course, and working the water stop, as well as handing out food and beverages after the race. The time commitment is from 6:30pm-10:30pm. Donations of $20 per volunteer are given to nonprofit groups who come out to volunteer at the event. For more info or to sign up, go to http://bootlegger5k.com/knoxville2018/ or email libby@triviumracing.com.
by T. Mensch
Monday, July 2, 2018
Request for Proposals On Childhood Literacy Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch Proposals are solicited for grants to be awarded by University of Tennessee students studying nonprofits and philanthropy. Students are expected to award 1-5 grants with a combined total of $30,000. In alignment with this year’s ConnectKnox community-wide priority, the funding this year will be centered around childhood literacy. Letters of interest (limited to one page) are due June 15, 2018. Download the attached PDF or view it here: bit.ly/ChildLitLOI   Email any questions or submissions to Kitty Pat Cornett, Program Manager, kpcornett@utk.edu.
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
East TN Foundation, Consolidated Nuclear Security Seek Grant Applications Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch East Tennessee Foundation and Consolidated Nuclear Security Seek Grant Applications from Nonprofits in 20 East Tennessee Counties   Knoxville, Tennessee, April 25, 2018 - East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is now accepting applications for funding from the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund (CNS Y-12 Fund), a donor-advised fund of East Tennessee Foundation. Organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or other exempt entities located in the CNS Y-12, 20-county service area. Grant applications are sought to support one or more of the committee’s two focus areas: Cultural & Historic Preservation or Mental Health & Substance Abuse.   To determine eligibility and apply visit, www.etf.org/grants through May 23, 2018.  Grant awards will primarily range from $2,000 - $15,000.  One-year grants will be awarded in early fall 2018.   CNS manages and operates the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX.  CNS established a donor-advised fund at ETF in February 2015 to create opportunities for CNS employees to award grants which benefit nonprofit organizations in this region.  CNS simultaneously developed a similar relationship and process for Pantex employees by establishing a fund at Amarillo Community Foundation in Texas.   For more information, please contact Jan Elston, Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs, by phone at (865)524-1223, toll-free at (877)524-1223, or email at jelston@etf.org.    # # # About East Tennessee Foundation: ETF is a nonprofit organization created by and for the people of East Tennessee. Serving more than 25 counties within East Tennessee, ETF consists of many donors joined together to make the region they love a better place. ETF seeks to build endowments, creating a permanent source of philanthropic funding for the East Tennessee region. For more information, visit www.easttennesseefoundation.org. 
by T. Mensch
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Need help with TennCare or CoverKids? Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   1. Need help with TennCare or CoverKids? You can apply all year long for TennCare and Cover Kids  2. Did you lose your coverage, gain a dependent, have a change in your income, or have another change in your life? You may be eligible for Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in the Marketplace Get Covered is here to give you FREE help!   For more information, call: Silvia 865-384-2404 or Emma 865-361-8758 Bilingual Certified Navigators   1. ¿Necesita ayuda con TennCare o CoverKids? Usted puede aplicar durante todo el año para TennCare o CoverKids 2. ¿Perdió su cobertura, tiene un dependiente nuevo, sus ingresos cambiaron, o tuvo algún otro cambio en su vida? A lo mejor usted es elegible para un Período de Registración Especial en el Mercado de Seguros ¡Get Covered está aquí para dar ayuda GRATIS en su idioma!   Para más información llame a Silvia 865-384-2404 o Emma 865-361-8758 Navegadoras Certificadas Bilingües   *See attached flyer
by T. Mensch
Monday, April 16, 2018
Office Space Available-Downtown Knoxville Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson, P.C. is interested in leasing a couple of suites in their building to a nonprofit. One suite is a first-floor suite with 4,652 sq. ft. that’s furnished, and the other is a second-floor suite that has 3,950 sq. ft.  Can build in (covered) parking into the lease. If interested, please call their office at (865) 524-8444.   *See attached for photos and floor plan.
by T. Mensch
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
TIAA Difference Maker 100 Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch Learn more: https://www.tiaadifferencemaker100.org/    
by T. Mensch
Friday, March 9, 2018
A Community Thrives/Gannett Foundation Grant Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch   A Community Thrives is a social impact fundraising program that is focused on helping organizations related to wellness, arts & culture, and education. During the campaign, you have the chance to raise funds for your charity and you could also receive an additional $100K grant from the Gannett Foundation. In fact, we’ll be giving away $600K in grants to charitable causes this year! USA TODAY NETWORK will be using its media and editorial resources to heavily promote the program on a national and local level. This is an incredible opportunity to raise both awareness and money for your organization. Don't wait; get involved now! Applications are due by March 15, 2018.   Learn more: https://www.crowdrise.com/Act2018
by T. Mensch
Friday, March 9, 2018
FREE Web-Based Training Pilot Through NTI Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch You Can Make The Difference!   Enroll today in NTI, a FREE web-based training pilot designed to improve stability and well-being for children and families.      The only thing you need to participate is a computer and a desire to add to your professional toolkit.   NTI is designed to increase understanding of the complex mental health needs of children, youth and families moving toward or having achieved permanency through adoption and guardianship.    Join the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative (NTI) movement, a systems-wide effort to train Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals in California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Cherokee Nation.   NTI's FREE, web-based training is available March through September 2018.  25-30 FREE NASW CEUs are awarded upon completion of the training.   Take a sneak peak at the curriculum.   We're Building on the Success of NTI's training for Child Welfare Professionals Over 6,000 Child Welfare social workers, supervisors and private providers throughout the nation participated in the Child Welfare pilot. The NTI Team is very proud of this accomplishment and are looking forward to the difference you can make in the lives of children and families.   Share this opportunity to participate in the NTI Mental Health training with others in your state.    “Adoption competence has been a rare-find among providers. Wide use of this mental health curriculum will touch thousands of lives and help reduce unnecessary emotional pain that can grow and fester when the underlying issues are missed or ignored.” Terry Cross, Founder and Senior Advisor, National Indian Child Welfare Association
by T. Mensch
Thursday, March 8, 2018
$268,000 in Grants Available from East Tennessee Foundation Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch     LEARN MORE HERE OR SEE ATTACHED.  
by T. Mensch
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Bailey Opportunity Grants for Arts & Culture Organizations Locked Topic 0 T. Mensch Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants Available through the Arts & Heritage Fund   Up to $100,000 available for Individuals and Organizations   The Arts & Culture Alliance is pleased to announce Ann and Steve Bailey Opportunity Grants, a funding program through the Arts & Heritage Fund. Distributed through the Arts & Culture Alliance, Bailey Opportunity grants provide financial and technical support to individual artists and small, professionally-oriented arts and culture organizations (whose budgets are under $100,000). The grants are designed to spur continued artistic and administrative growth in innovative, entrepreneurial artists and organizations at any stage in their development.   Projects that allow for the exploration of new avenues of creativity, wrestling with new ideas that can advance one’s creative work, acquiring equipment that will help create or sell work, and strengthening existing output are especially encouraged.   The application receipt deadline is midnight on Sunday, March 18, 2018.   Awards range from $100 to $75,000. Bailey Opportunity grants will invest $100,000 in East Tennessee arts projects and programs taking place July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.   Interested applicants may view the guidelines and download the application at http://www.knoxalliance.com/bailey. Previous grantees are eligible to apply.   The goal of Bailey Opportunity Grants is to create a more vital creative community in Knoxville by: encouraging contributions to the city’s economy and quality of life by artists and arts and history organizations; positioning Knoxville as a community that honors its creative industry and supports the efforts of artists and organizations to achieve excellence; and raising public profiles of artists and organizations within the city and beyond.   A list of last year's grantees (22 individuals and 10 organizations) may be viewed at https://www.knoxalliance.com/ann-and-steve-bailey-opportunity-grantees/. For more information about Bailey Opportunity Grants or to make an appointment to discuss an application, please contact Liza Zenni at (865) 523-7543 or LZ@knoxalliance.com.   About the Arts & Culture Alliance The Arts & Culture Alliance serves and supports a diverse community of artists, arts organizations, and cultural institutions. The Alliance receives financial support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, the City of Knoxville, and First Tennessee Foundation.
by T. Mensch
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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