The donation period for A Community Thrives has begun.
A Community Thrives is an initiative founded five years ago by Gannett, the parent company of the Tennessean and USA TODAY. Through the program, nonprofit and municipal organizations have the opportunity to crowdfund and win grants to benefit their cause.
Organizations are eligible for hundreds of community operating grants starting at $2,500, chosen by leaders across Gannett’s USA TODAY Network of more than 250 news sites in 46 states. There are also 15 national grants of $100,000 each.
This year 13 Middle Tennessee nonprofits have been selected for crowdfunding, which will run through Aug. 13. Discover more about each below.
431 Ministries is a nonprofit with the goal of helping women in crises of all kinds. It uses faith “to fit some of the pieces together” and specializes in issues of abuse, addiction, homelessness and financial troubles.
API Middle Tennesseeis an Asian and Pacific Islander-serving nonprofit organization. It is raising funds for the Community Listening Project to help identify the needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Book ’em is a nonprofit organization that brings free books and reading volunteers to kids in Nashville. Its mission is to create a more literate Nashville and ignite children’s passion for reading. It serves disadvantaged youth ages 0-18 through three learning programs.
Civic Design Centeris a nonprofit working toward creating a more beautiful and functional Nashville for everyone. It hopes to fund 20 middle schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools to participate in the Design Your Neighborhood program. The program is designed to teach students critical thinking and problem solving, and to develop civic engagement strategies for change.
Doors of Hopeis a recovery center and housing unit for women helping with addiction, homelessness and incarceration. It offers services like education, intervention, mentoring and case management in more than 50 counties across the state of Tennessee. Its project is a renovation of the “Big Blue House,” the main transitional housing unit for the organization.
Global Education Center is a nonprofit creative center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight similarities and promote cross-cultural understanding. It’s tailored for an environment of inclusion while promoting wellness and taking the arts of the world to schools and community.
Hope Botanical Garden in Lawrence County is being created to provide a unique opportunity to residents of Southern Middle Tennessee and North Alabama. The projected opening is Summer 2022. Crowdfunding is to build a visitor center on the property. Hope Botanical Garden is powered by volunteers to offers its neighbors a chance to benefit from its beauty and lessons about the earth.
Martha O’Bryan Center is an anti-poverty nonprofit organization that has been in operation for over 120 years. Martha O’Bryan Center empowers children, youth and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and Christian fellowship.
The Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is a unique art museum in Sumner County and is a proud addition to greater Nashville’s arts and museums community. Its mission is to collect, preserve and interpret local and regional art, and present exhibits of regional, national and international importance. It is matching all donations made to the art center during this period.
NF Tennessee is a nonprofit organization with the mission to create a community for patients and families with NF through support, education, and advocacy. NF includes a group of autosomal dominant genetic disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 3,000 people. About 2,000 individuals in Tennessee are affected. This year the organization hopes to provide laptops to those who cannot afford them and who may be otherwise marginalized due to disability.
Small World Yoga provides paid and free yoga classes. The nonprofit community studio is relocating on Aug. 1 to further its mission of community, connection and accessible yoga. The funds raised during A Community Thrives will go toward a studio expansion and will be matched by the dollar.
The Housing Fund provides resources and creative leadership to help individuals and communities create and maintain affordable and healthy places to live. Since its incorporation in 1996, it has helped more than 3,700 first time homebuyers receive over $27 million in down payment assistance loans, as well as provided more than $52 million in financing to assist individuals and organizations.
Write Your Life equips underserved students with writing skills that enable them to artfully shape their unique life experiences into compelling college admission essays. The eight-week program uses one-hour workshops to help students hone their writing skills, allowing higher education to become more accessible for all.
To see the full list of organizations crowdfunding and to donate go to acommunitythrives.com.
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