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Salute to Excellence

at Omni Nashville Hotel, Nashville TN

Oct 18
Salute to Excellence

The Salute to Excellence is what we like to call the “Academy Awards” of nonprofits and a time for nonprofit staff, board members, CEOs, and community partners to revel in the accomplishments of our sector.

Each fall, CNM honors Middle Tennessee nonprofits with the Salute to Excellence awards dinner. This is the largest nonprofit awards event in the country, and last year CNM celebrated at the Omni Nashville Hotel, a new location. Click here to see the full list of 2015 finalists and click here to view the list of 2015 winners. As a part of CNM’s 30th anniversary year, the 2016 Salute to Excellence event is building up to be the largest one yet.

The success stories of nonprofits and leaders in the community are the backbone of the celebration every year. These stories are captured by Earnhardt Films for the finalist videos. Find all the videos on our YouTube page.

Read below for comments from some of the 2015 winners:

“Being recognized by CNM was a real honor that I will cherish for a long time. The recognition wasn’t about my own ability or financial management skills, but rather it was about further validating that the work that Conexion Americas is carrying out in our community is important, meaningful work that is changing lives and making Nashville a better place for ALL of its residents. Gracias CNM!”

– Jose Gonzales of Conexion Americas, winner of the SunTrust CFO of the Year Award

“The Salute to Excellence event exemplifies what it recognizes: Excellence. Everything about it is top notch. It’s interesting, engaging, and focuses us all on what is truly important. After working really hard all year and focusing on excellence in everything we do, receiving an award in front of over a 1,000 people, at an event as lovely as this one, is richly satisfying. I love having board members present too; the evening affirms their decision to be engaged with our mission.”

-Derri Smith of End Slavery Tennessee, winner of the Diversified Trust New Generations Award


RSVP opportunities will be posted this fall on ​Stay tuned for more news about the 2016 Salute to Excellence awards ceremony!

Contact: (615) 259-0100


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Additional time info:

Salute to Excellence will be held on this Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Omni Nashville Hotel and will take place in the Broadway Ballroom on the second floor. When you enter the lobby, make a left and take the escalators to the second floor. We will have signs and staff members pointing guests in the right direction. The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner following at 6:30 p.m. The attire is business or festive.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Omni Nashville Hotel

250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203


    • Wheelchair Access
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