A year spent giving back

Bank of America partnered with extraordinary organizations in Nashville in 2017 to improve the financial lives of individuals across middle Tennessee.

In total, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation invested close to $800,000 in Nashville- area nonprofit organizations with a focus on programming fundamental to economic mobility in the areas of workforce development and education, basic needs and community development. Local partners include Conexión Américas, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, Nashville Public Education Foundation, Room in the Inn, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and more.

In addition to grants made through the Bank of America Charitable Foundation is our ardent support of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the primary beneficiary of Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase. As part of our 28-year presenting sponsorship of the Steeplechase, the bank makes an annual financial contribution directly to the Children’s Hospital as part of our commitment to strengthening the community we call home.

Beyond the financial support, Bank of America employees volunteered over 7,500 hours to nonprofits in across middle Tennessee in 2017.

2017 Student Leaders

This past summer marked the 13th year of the Bank of America Student Leaders program. Through a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, five area high school students were selected to participate in an 8-week paid internship with the Oasis Center. The center provides a wide range of youth services, including crisis intervention, leadership and community engagement, as well as college and career access. The Student Leaders also attended a leadership summit in Washington, D.C., with 230 other Student Leaders from across the country.

Neighborhood Builders

The Nashville Food Project was named Nashville’s 2017 Neighborhood Builder. This signature Bank of America program recognizes nonprofits making significant contributions to the economic and social progress of their community.

The Nashville Food Project brings people together to grow, cook and share nourishing food to cultivate community and alleviate hunger. The organization understands that finding a solution to hunger takes much more than just handouts, so it goes one step further to incorporate nutrition, gardens, fresh produce and community meals into its efforts.

The grant will be used to support the building of a new headquarters for The Nashville Food Project, which is scheduled to open in The Nations in late 2018. This space will be instrumental in helping the organization grow and scale to meet the needs of its booming community.


The global phenomenon Giving Tuesday commenced on November 28, at Room in the Inn, where Bank of America volunteers served breakfast to nearly 200 Nashville residents experiencing homelessness. This event was followed by several check presentations throughout the community, including the celebration honoring Neighborhood Builder, The Nashville Food Project.


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