The Awards of Achievement were established by The Frist Foundation in 1985 to encourage and recognize outstanding nonprofit management. Over the years, the program has attracted more than 700 nominations from Nashville’s nonprofit community. The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) has administered the awards program since 1993.

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The 2020 Salute to Excellence event has been cancelled in an effort to direct focus and funds to COVID-19 response. We look forward to the 2021 event!

Awards of Achievement Winners 2019

Each year, The Frist Foundation makes grants to recognize nonprofit management through its Awards of Achievement program. Winners are revealed at the annual “Salute to Excellence” event presented each fall by the Center for Nonprofit Management.

Altogether, the foundation awarded the highest amount of funding at the event with $135,000 in grants to nine agencies. Winners in each category received $25,000 unrestricted grants, and two finalists in each category received grants of $10,000 apiece. For 2019, the categories and grant recipients broke down as follows:

  • Innovation in Action: Urban Green Lab won The Frist Foundation Innovation in Action award and the selected finalists included Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee and the YWCA.
  • Revenue Development: Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation won The Frist Foundation Revenue Development award and the selected finalists included Project Return and Thistle Farms.
  • Team Building: Boys and Girls Club of Middle Tennessee won The Frist Foundation Team Building award and the selected finalists included Conexion Americas and Smyrna Lavergne Food Bank.

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