Investing in Caring and Inclusive Communities

The Foundation seeks to build capacity among organizations that meet the basic needs of our most vulnerable, with funding priority given to projects generating broad community solutions, and top priority placed on strategies addressing the root causes of poverty. These root causes are numerous, but could include a lack of access to any of the following:

  • Affordable housing
  • Living wage jobs
  • Quality public education
  • Affordable healthcare
  • Community engagement

Building Organizational Capacity

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting grant requests that build capacity and bring organizations to the next level of operational, programmatic and financial effectiveness in a way that strengthens the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission over time. We believe this level of investment in our community partners is critical to building a strong and sustainable infrastructure to address the community’s greatest challenges.

Download our grant seeker guide or contact us to discuss your request and our new funding priority areas.


  • What Are Caring and Inclusive Communities?

    These are the communities of solution finders from our social service organizations, neighborhood-level initiatives and cross-sector partnerships that address:

    • Unmet community needs in health, housing, family support and community engagement
    • Root causes of intergenerational poverty
    • Opportunities for more diverse and inclusive leadership within organizations, systems and communities
  • Our Strategic Partnerships

    Although grant support for these partnerships is by invitation only, we invite you to contact us any time to discuss consideration of innovative strategies that support economic mobility and educational achievement.

    Economic Mobility – Through the Foundation’s existing partnerships with government, philanthropic, nonprofit and other community entities, we support strategies that connect our neighbors with the tools and opportunities they need to achieve economic mobility.

    Educational Achievement – Through the Foundation’s investment in Chattanooga 2.0, we support educational improvement strategies that enhance the quality of learning and achievement for all students. In addition, we support strategies addressing the external factors that influence student achievement, such as poverty, parent and student engagement and access to resources that promote life and learning opportunities.

  • How We Developed Our Strategy

    Why we decided to invest in our nonprofit partners’ infrastructure to care for our most vulnerable and create broad community solutions:
    Listening, Learning, Leading