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The Surdna Foundation
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.
For over five generations, the Foundation has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity.
Urban Land Institute – Memphis
ULI Memphis is a District Council serving the Mid-South. District Councils are ULI at the local level, facilitating the exchange of ideas and the transmission of best practices. ULI Memphis’ supports education and research at the local level through our programs and initiatives. This year, ULI Memphis celebrates its 8th anniversary serving the Mid-South. In its short history the organization has made an impact and established a quality reputation within the Memphis community.
Hyde Family Foundation
At the Hyde Family Foundations, we are confident that Memphis has the potential to become a model city of the 21st century. In every Memphis neighborhood and zip code, smart, innovative, resourceful, and generous leaders are working tirelessly to make a difference in our community. We are honored to partner with them to achieve greatness for our city.
In 1961, Pitt and Jeanne’s grandfather created a legacy of family giving by making a $1 million gift to set up the J.R. Hyde Senior Foundation. Since then, we have been committed to tackling our city’s most pressing challenges, and that work continues today.
The Foundations’ efforts are focused on three priorities: transforming education, positioning Memphis’ authentic assets, and livable communities. We believe each of these areas is vitally important to creating and sustaining a better Memphis.
The Christie Foundation
For over 30 years, the Christie Foundation has been a pioneer of medical knowledge, education, and medical services in east central Illinois. The Foundation offers scholarships to medical students, provides grants to health-related community organizations, and hosts educational seminars on a range of topics.
Cumberland Region Tomorrow
Cumberland Region Tomorrow brings people together to address regional challenges and opportunities we face with the future growth and development of Middle Tennessee. Our mission is to foster communication, collaboration and action as we help plan for the long-term livability, economic vitality and sustainability of this place we call home.
CRT is a collaborative regional partnership that works at the local, regional, state and national levels.
For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, we pursue this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by enabling people, communities and institutions to be prepared for, withstand, and emerge stronger from shocks and chronic stresses.
The Foundation operates both within the United States and around the world. The Foundation’s efforts are overseen by an independent Board of Trustees and managed by its president through a leadership team drawn from scholarly, scientific, and professional disciplines.
Stephen Turner Family Foundation
The Lyndhurst Foundation had its beginnings in the broad local and regional philanthropic activities of Thomas Cartter Lupton, a pioneer in the Coca-Cola bottling business. First organized in 1938 as the Memorial Welfare Foundation, these activities continued and expanded after Mr. Lupton’s death in 1977, when the foundation changed its name to Lyndhurst, a reference to the family home in Chattanooga. At that time the foundation leadership passed into the hands of Mr. Lupton’s son, John T. Lupton, and Lyndhurst began to focus its attention upon primary health care, elementary and secondary education, and arts and cultural activities.
In the mid-1980s, the foundation redirected its energies almost entirely toward Chattanooga’s effort to revitalize its downtown and riverfront, to enhance its arts and cultural life, and to improve its schools and its natural environment.
In 1992, with the retirement of Mr. Lupton from the board of the foundation and the election of his children and his nephews as trustees, Lyndhurst once again set new priorities, centered on the enhancement and enrichment of the natural, educational, cultural and urban environment of Chattanooga and the surrounding region.
The year 2012 marked the first major organizational change for Lyndhurst since its founding, with the spin-off of five new smaller family foundations, and with the resulting legacy of a smaller parent foundation governed by ten new local trustees with a continued focus upon Chattanooga and the proximate region.
The Benwood Foundation has always been dedicated to supporting the people and projects that help to make Chattanooga a great city. The vision of the Benwood Foundation is that the Chattanooga region will be a place shaped and sustained by its magnificent landscape, driven by its can-do spirit, and inspired by its commitment that all residents thrive. The Benwood Foundation is dedicated to supporting the people and projects that make Chattanooga a great city.
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Tennessee Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation provides citizens of Tennessee and travelers with one of the best transportation systems in the country. TDOT consistently wins awards for its projects, highway design and for its innovative approach to transportation. Since 1998, Tennessee was voted as having one of the top five highway systems in the country by a national trade magazine.
TDOT is a multimodal agency with responsibilities in aviation, public transit, waterways, railroads and Bicycle and Pedestrian. Our involvement ranges from airport improvements to funding transit buses to planning for river ports.
The Department of Transportation has approximately 3,900 employees with four statewide region facilities in Jackson, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville. TDOT headquarters is located in downtown Nashville.