The Compassionate Care Award

The Compassionate Care Award recognizes local nonprofits that serve with love and compassion. Award winners:

  • Focus on excellence and compassionate care
  • Serve people who are vulnerable and underserved
  • Recognize the humanity and dignity of each individual encountered.
  • The agency receives a $10,000 award. Two finalist agencies each receive $5,000 awards.

The Catalyst for Change Award

The Catalyst for Change Award recognizes local nonprofits that show boldness in expanding access to care through advocacy that seeks to change broken systems.

Award winners work in health and human services and go beyond individual patient/client advocacy to remove barriers to receiving healthcare. They may also focus on improving care or expanding access for populations of people who are currently underserved. Examples include:

  • Work to change public policy
  • Creating changes within institutions
  • Improving programs

If you have questions or would like specific examples of this type of work, please contact The Trust at The Catalyst for Change Award winner will receive a $10,000 award and two finalist agencies will each receive $5,000 awards.


Please visit the Center for Nonprofit Management’s website to learn how to apply for these awards.

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2008 – 2017
Award Finalists and Winners

Catalyst for Change/Access to Care


*Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee
Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Oasis Center


*The Tennessee Justice Center
Mental Health America
Tennessee Health Care Campaign

*Open Table Nashville
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council

*Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Welcome Home Ministries
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

*End Slavery Tennessee’s Aftercare for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Siloam Family Health Center
Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children

*Disability Law and Advocacy Center
Dispensary of Hope/St. Thomas Foundation
Room in the Inn’s Campus for Human Development

*Tennessee Justice Center
Tennessee Health Care Campaign
Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

*Street Works, Street Works Outreach Team
First Steps, Ayudnando Niños
Magdelene, Magdelene & Thistle Farms







*Winner in each category

Compassionate Care


*The Nashville Food Project
Alive Hospice
Medical Foundation of Nashville


*Tennessee Disability Rights
Next Door
Hope Clinic for Women

*Refuge Center for Counseling
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Open Table Nashville

*Sexual Assault Center
Tennessee Immigrant & Refuge Rights Coalition
Safe Haven Family Shelter

*Nashville CARES
Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee

*Our Kids, Inc.
Best Buddies
Oasis Center

*The Brown Center for Autism
The Refuge Center for Counseling
Siloam Family Health Center

Safe Haven Family Shelter

Healing Charity Award

*Hope House, Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence
Interfaith Dental Clinic
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN

*Health Assist Tennessee
Our Kids, Inc.
Renewal House

*Alive Hospice (tie)
*Siloam Family Health Center (tie)
Tennessee Voices for Children