Each fall, the Center for Nonprofit Management honors Middle Tennessee nonprofits with the Salute to Excellence awards dinner, the largest nonprofit awards event in the country. This year CNM is celebrating on Thursday, October 22 at the Omni Nashville Hotel with its esteemed group of finalists.
This year, a total of 12 awards and more than $250,000 will be presented to nonprofit organizations across Middle Tennessee. The celebration will showcase the winners success stories as well as the contributions leaders in the community have provided over the years.
CNM has been a home to Middle Tennessee’s nonprofit leaders since 1986. They provide their nonprofit board members, executives, and staff the opportunity to enhance their services through skill-building workshops and their annual Bridge to Excellence conference.
Once again, Soles4Souls has been chosen as a finalist for this years awards!
In response to the nomination, Soles4Souls Executive Director Buddy Teaster stated, “Being named as the Memorial Leadership Award winner was one of the highlights of 2014. We have worked hard to get Soles4Souls back on track and helping more people in need. And we’re proud of what we’ve achieved. To have the Nashville community recognize that as well meant more to our team than anything else could have.”
Soles4Souls was founded after the world experienced two consecutive years of catastrophic natural disasters. Following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and 2005 Hurricane Katrina, philanthropists and shoe company executives came together to provide footwear to the victims of those disasters. Out of those efforts, Soles4Souls was born with the goal of eradicating poverty and empowering individuals. Today, they are a global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.
Click here to see the full list of 2015 Salute to Excellence awards finalists.