Our Advocacy

We do more than write checks.

We provide unique programs and opportunities to increase the capacity of nonprofits and improve the health of Middle Tennesseans. We know that population-level health improvement must focus on the impact that systems and policies have on health.

Because of this, we will start advocating alongside our grantees in 2019.

In 2019, we will use our influence to engage in advocacy alongside our grantees. This type of advocacy is an extension of our mission and previous advocacy work and comes at the request of our grantees and peer groups. Engaging in advocacy will allow us to address the root causes of the issues that our grantees work to address via our grants program. We will focus on expanding health care access and preventing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in partnership with our grantees and will use their input and feedback to determine when and how we use our influence. We will not engage in lobbying or earmark funds for lobbying.

Advocacy Training and Technical Assistance

We work to increase the capacity of our grantee partners by providing technical assistance and workshops independently and in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management, Community Catalyst, and the Frameworks Institute.

Policy Analysis

Our grantees told us that Tennessee needed high-quality, nonpartisan research and analysis on policies that impact the health of our community. In response to that, we committed $2.5 million over five years to launch The Sycamore Institute.

Catalyzing Collaboration

We fund and support cross-sector collaborations that address healthcare access and the prevention and mitigation of childhood experiences.  We served as the backbone organization for the Get Covered Tennessee advisory committee which included nonprofits, insurance representatives, members of the private sector, and funders representing the entire state.

Public Comments

We submitted a comment on the proposed “public charge” rule because it runs counter to our mission and values. The change will result in delayed treatment for chronic illness, a reduction in preventative care, and increased emergency room/emergent care usage, which results in poor health outcomes. Read our comments here.

We also submitted a comment on the proposed “reporting requirements” waiver because it is harmful to our community and our grantees. This proposal will cause immense harm, jeopardize health care coverage and access for approximately 68,000 Tennesseans, and will waste $44 million. Read our comments here.

For updates, please follow us on social media and subscribe to our newsletter. If you have ideas about how The Trust can positively influence an issue related to healthcare access of ACEs, please feel free to reach out to Meredith Benton to discuss your ideas.