Junior League of Nashville Community Partner Application: June 2023 - May 2024

Please complete the following form to declare your organization's partnership opportunities with the Junior League of Nashville.

OUR MISSION

The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women whose Mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.

HISTORY AND IMPACT AREAS

Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was formed in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the evolving needs of the Nashville community.

JLN's first major project was creating the Junior League Home for Crippled Children in 1923 to serve children with polio and to later care for children with other medical needs. In 1970, the Junior League moved the Home for Crippled Children to Vanderbilt Hospital (now Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt), where we continue to provide both volunteer and financial support.

Over the past 100 years, we have continued to identify and respond to a wide range of community needs to help women and children meet their full potential. As needs emerged, JLN was instrumental in incubating and founding many community resources, including Nashville Children’s Theatre, The Dede Wallace Center (now Centerstone), Renewal House, Oasis Center, Our Kids, CASA, the Junior League of Nashville Children’s Services at the Downtown Nashville Public Library, and more.

Our commitment is to always partner with nonprofit agencies that will use our volunteers in meaningful and impactful ways to create lasting change. Using the community engagement model known as Issue-Based Community Impact (IBCI), we are focused on a combination of advocacy, direct service, public education, awareness, capacity building, collaboration, and grant-making to sustain impact over a number of years.

Beginning in the 2023-2024 League Year, we are committed to the advancement of our new focus areas: Alleviate Poverty and Improve Childhood Literacy. While we value each of our partners, we assess our partner relationships annually to ensure that they are mutually beneficial. Past partnership with the League does not guarantee future partnership. We will look for opportunities to both continue existing partner relationships and establish new ones to maximize our local impact in alignment with our new focus areas.

For new partners, grant funding will be available for volunteer background checks, but JLN prefers to establish the relationship in the first year with only volunteers. In following years, if the first year is successful, we will consider higher financial commitments. Feel free to indicate grant proposals for future years if the relationship continues but understand that the first year, grants will only cover background checks.

PARTNERSHIP CRITERIA

Applicants that are not currently partners with JLN will be eligible for volunteer support only, if selected. Should the partnership continue into a second year, these organizations will then become eligible to apply for both financial and volunteer support.

Applicants that are currently partners with JLN and align with the two focus areas defined below are eligible to apply for both financial and volunteer support.

JLN members have a wide range of skills and capabilities that make them passionate advocates and dedicated volunteers within the community. We represent a diverse range of backgrounds, interests, experiences, and professional accomplishments, and share a commitment to JLN's mission.

We are able to provide mass volunteer assistance as well as specialized, targeted assistance and strategic planning. This may include the areas of public relations, marketing, grant writing, accounting, etc. In your application, please indicate any specialized assistance you may need, in addition to your group volunteer opportunities, and we will assess the skill sets of our membership in an attempt to meet your range of needs.

JLN volunteers must be utilized in quality positions that will allow for the volunteer to give 40 hours of community service in a year. (We refer to this 40-hour commitment as a "placement.") The volunteer time commitment includes time for travel, training, preparation and direct service.

Each volunteer is expected to complete the 40-hour commitment between June 2023 and May 2024.

A partnership may take the form of either a) an ongoing JLN volunteer committee which means your project is ongoing and requires regular and consistent attendance by a dedicated group of JLN volunteers on specific day(s) of the week; or b) one-off volunteer events that occur up to several times per year.

Since all of our members are volunteers, we look for a wide variety of opportunities that provide multiple options for placement. We are most impactful when partnerships also provide for:

- weekday morning opportunities - weekday lunchtime opportunities - weekday evening opportunities - weekend opportunities - working with other volunteers - training opportunities - meaningful volunteer experiences

JLN volunteers may not be asked to solicit funds or services as representatives of the JLN for other non-profit agencies.

"ALLEVIATE POVERTY": VISION AND PRIORITIES

Through strategic alliances, support low-income residents and advocate for the reduction and removal of barriers that prevent women, children and families from fully accessing opportunity. Proposed partnerships should directly impact at least one of the following areas:

1. Homelessness and Housing

2. Food Insecurity

3. Job Readiness

4. Mental Health

"IMPROVE CHILDHOOD LITERACY": VISION AND PRIORITIES

Through strategic alliances, support the development of grade-level readers in Nashville by expanding the reach of local literacy initiatives. Efforts should directly impact at least one of the following areas:

1. Literacy Materials (books)

2. High-Quality Early Childhood Education (for example, teacher training, after-school programs)

3. Support for Parents



NEW PARTNERS ONLY:

Please right-click on the linked template below and click "Open Link in New Tab." Once opened in your web browser, please click File --> Download --> Microsoft Word. Please then open your downloaded Word Document. Then click File --> Save As and save this file to your computer with the name "OrganizationName_ITC_2324_JLNNewPartner." Please then complete the proposal document and save it to your computer again. Then, return to the application in your web browser, scroll to the bottom of this form, and upload your completed proposal Word Document under "UPLOAD FILE."

 New Partnership Opportunity Proposal Template 


RETURNING PARTNERS ONLY-Select the appropriate template for your organization and follow the directions below:

Please right-click on the appropriate linked template below and click "Open Link in New Tab." Once opened in your web browser, please click File --> Download --> Microsoft Word. Please then open your downloaded Word Document. Then click File --> Save As and save this file to your computer with the name "OrganizationName_ITC_2324_JLN". Please then complete the proposal document and save it to your computer again. Then, return to the application in your web browser, scroll to the bottom of this form, and upload your completed proposal Word Document under "UPLOAD FILE."

Supplemental Funds - Current Activity Proposal Template 

Supplemental Funds + New Proposal Template 


Once you've answered all questions and saved your document, please upload your proposal. 

 
If you have any questions, please contact Susan Steffenhagen Griffith, JLN Grants Committee Chair, jlnashvillegrants@gmail.com

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