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The Community Foundation for Dickson County

Established 1999

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The Dickson County Invitational is The Community Foundation for Dickson County’s biggest annual fundraiser. The golf tournament is a two-person scramble with a shotgun start. The 2016 Tournament will be hosted on Friday, September 23 at Greystone Golf Club.

For more information or to register your team, please email MarkDenney1960@gmail.com.

Thanks to generous sponsors and all of our golfers, the Tournament contributes to our grantmaking capacity to support Dickson County nonprofits meeting the needs of our neighbors.

The Community Foundation for Dickson County Golf Tournament

The Community Foundation for Dickson County promotes the quality of life in Dickson County and provides a way for citizens to make lasting gifts for the improvement and benefit of future generations. The Foundation serves as an endowment that will benefit the community in perpetuity.

When a group of local citizens and the leadership of Dickson County Alumni Association gathered to determine ways to meet changing needs and opportunities in the community, the idea of an endowment fund developed. In 1999, this dream was realized through affiliation with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which provides the stability, investment expertise and legal work necessary for the endowment to succeed.

At the onset, The Community Foundation for Dickson County selected three categories to address: improved education, invigorated leadership, and an enhanced quality of life. The Foundation identified such quality of life areas as environment, programs that meet the needs of youth and the elderly, and preservation of historical places in the county. Now with their foundation in place, the citizens are combining vision with capital, as a foundation for the future.

The Community Foundation for Dickson County is like a savings account for the community - the principal remains intact, and its earnings are used to make grants serving those in need. As a vehicle for civic-minded individuals and companies, The Foundation connects people with the causes and organizations about which they care most. The Foundation is uniquely positioned to determine unmet needs and provide astute grantmaking to benefit all citizens.

The Community Foundation for Dickson County is governed by a board with representation from all areas of the county.

The Community Foundation for Dickson County
P.O. Box 1243
Dickson, TN 37056

Jeff Martin

Vice Chairman
Jeremy Spencer

Chad Murphy

Dana Ramsey
Charlie Blount
Margaret Cole
Andy Daniels
Mark Denney
Jason Epley
Allison Felts
Kenneth Forte
Luanne Greer
Meagan Frazier Grosvenor
Linda Genella
Emma Hall
Linda Hayes
Andrea Luplow
John Luther
Venk Mani
Jeff Martin
Johnnie Morris
Laura Newberry
Wilson Overton
Brenda Peeler
LeeAnn Polk
Linda Primm
C. K. Pruett
Brian Ragan
Judy Redden
Brett Reynolds
Michael Shepard
B. J. Smith
Debbie Street
Tim White
Niki Work
Megan Wren

The Community Foundation for Dickson County supports local nonprofits to address unmet needs within the community. The leadership of The Foundation works to find long-term solutions, make an impact and fund programs that will benefit the community for years to come.
Grants are awarded to nonprofits on an annual cycle. The Foundation is particularly interested in ideas that will enrich the quality of life for all citizens in Dickson County and has identified several broad categories where need exists: education, leadership and community improvement.

A local grant committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the grant allocations committee of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Discretionary Funds or Donor-Advised Funds may be added to the recommendations from The Community Foundation for Dickson County to increase the grant awards.  Grants announcements are made in late Fall and each recipient organization is featured in the Dickson Herald.

Grantmaking History

Since 2002, the Community Foundation for Dickson County has awarded 161 grants totaling more than $405,000 dollars to nonprofit organizations serving Dickson County.  The most recent awards were made in the Fall of 2015 to the following organizations:

Dickson Community Clinic: To provide quality and compassionate healthcare to the uninsured in Dickson and surrounding counties.

Dickson County Sheriff's Office: To develop a joint-operated multimedia educational production center at CreekWood High School and create student-led traffic safety educational videos.

The Quest Center for Art and Community Development Inc.: To provide year-round after-school/out-of-school music education, music enrichment and instrument instruction to Dickson County children grades 1-12.

Town of White Bluff: To add AV/lighting equipment at Bibb-White Bluff Civic Center to promote the arts, music education, performing arts, cultural enrichment programs.

Tennessee Respite Coalition: To give 10 family caregivers in Dickson County respite time and
educate 20 caregivers and community members about respite.

Dickson County Help Center: To provide financial aid for the elderly and disabled households of Dickson County in need of utility and medication assistance.

White Bluff Elementary School: To provide technology practice for students in grades 3rd-5th for TNready and STEM programs.

William James Middle School: To provide an Interactive Whiteboard for my classroom to assist my students with hands on learning of mathematics.

Dickson Housing Authority Community Center: To provide new computers for residents seeking help with homework, job searches, and resumes.

Dickson Middle School: To provide musical instruments for the Dickson Middle School band.

Charlotte Fagan United Methodist Church: To provide affordable, choral music education and enrichment to children and adults of all ages in Dickson and surrounding counties.

Dickson Police Department: To provide an updated website and add educational components for community for crime prevention; drugs; alcohol abuse; neighborhood watch; etc.

Oakmont Elementary: To provide tablets for 1st grade students in a high poverty school for individualized instruction.