Center for Nonprofit Management Celebrates 2022 Salute to Excellence Award Winners

Middle Tennessee organizations received $252,000 at nation’s largest nonprofit awards show

The Nonprofit Management Center (CNM) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Homage to Excellence Awards presented by PNC Bank. $252,000 was awarded to the 12 winning organizations at the nation’s largest nonprofit awards ceremony held at Belmont University’s Fisher Center.

“We were thrilled to be back in person this year for our 29th Tribute to Excellence,” said Tari Hughes, President and CEO of CNM. “These winners were selected from an incredible group of 34 organizations represented in our finalist round, and there really is no group more deserving of celebration than those who have been on the front lines of solving the complex problems facing our community faces throughout the past year.”

The winners of the 12 awards are:

Amazon Social Justice Changemaker Award: The Equity Alliance

New Generations Diversified Trust Award: Unscripted

Erie Chapman Foundation Radical Loving Care Award: Linda Cherry, center of hope

KraftCPAs Board Member of the Year Award: Jeff Dobyns, men of valor

Piedmont Natural Gas Sustainable Practices Award: The Nashville Food Project

The Foundation’s first prize for innovation in action: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Foundation’s first revenue development award: TennGreen Land Conservancy

The Foundation’s first team building award: Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

The Memorial Foundation Leadership Award: Inspirits, Inc.

CFO of the Year Truist Award: Andrew Williams, Academy of Colombia

TrustCore CEO of the Year Award: Gail Powell, Great Hopes, Inc.

United Way of Greater Nashville Community Impact Award: UpRise Nashville & Healing Housing

Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of the President’s Lewis Lavine Award to Susan Simons, founding member of the CNM Board of Directors and initiator of the Salute to Excellence Awards. This award is given in memory of Lewis Lavine, longtime NJC President and champion of the nonprofit sector.

The 2022 Salute to Excellence is made possible thanks to businesses and philanthropists across the region, including PNC Bank, which returned as a Hero of Excellence sponsor.

“All of us at PNC are grateful for the life-changing work of local non-profit organizations, who work consistently and tirelessly to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities throughout our region,” said Mike Johnson, PNC Regional President for Tennessee. “The Salute to Excellence provides a forum to celebrate the meaningful work of some of Middle Tennessee’s most influential nonprofit organizations, and it is PNC’s distinct privilege to support this recognition program.”

Since 1993, Salute to Excellence has featured more than 600 nonprofit finalists and awarded more than $3.5 million to exemplary recipient organizations and their leadership, as it brings together leaders from the corporate, community, and local nonprofits for a night of celebration.


PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and a local offering of personal and business banking services, including a full range of loan products; specialized services for businesses and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For more information about PNC, visit


The mission of the Center for Nonprofit Management is to amplify the impact of nonprofit organizations on their partners in order to create a connected community. CNM offers training, counseling, and program evaluation to nonprofits so they can continue to meet the needs of Middle Tennessee. The organization’s Salute to Excellence celebration was a signature event in Middle Tennessee, celebrating nonprofit leadership, impact and innovation. Over the past 29 events, Honoring Excellence has honored more than 600 nonprofit organizations and awarded more than $3.5 million to exemplary organizations and their leaders. For more information visit,

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