The Chairman’s Club is 100 Men Making A Difference.

One hundred men interested in changing the lives of underprivileged youth locally and across the United States. The Chairman’s Club provides grants to youth sports organizations, youth arts and culture clubs, youth education groups, youth health care associations, and more. Our overarching goal continues to be to support activities that empower one of East Tennessee’s greatest resource: our young people. The Chairman’s Club provides a sophisticated and singular philanthropic opportunity. Each member of the Chairman’s Club can purchase an exclusive purple blazer—created specifically by legendary Knoxville tailors John H. Daniel. Unique events are held quarterly, including special breakfasts with noteworthy speakers, exclusive dinners featuring top chefs from across the United States, tailgating parties during University of Tennessee football season, and more. In addition, the Chairman’s Club aims to provide a distinct opportunity for fellowship and camaraderie among like-minded and philanthropically focused individuals. We believe in the company and comradeship of those seeking to make a difference—and we believe such a fraternity of patrons will further boost the success of The Chairman’s Club. Each member of the Chairman’s Club donates $10,000 over 10 years–$10,000 as an immediate donation or $1,000 per year for 10 years (or $250 per quarter). Please join us as we celebrate the youth of East Tennessee.

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Chairman’s Club Grant Guidelines

The Chairman’s Club funding is provided only to nonprofits organizations with 501(c)(3) exempt status that support the youth in East Tennessee. The Chairman’s Club provides grants to youth sports organizations, youth arts and culture clubs, youth education groups youth health care associations. Our overarching goal continues to be to support activities that empower one of East Tennessee’s greatest resource: our young people.

We generally do not fund:

  • Grants or scholarships to individuals
  • Golf Tournaments
  • Advocacy, political causes or events
  • Event sponsorship
  • Multiple-year pledge campaigns

Deadline:

All grant requests must have a letter of recommendation from an active Chairman’s Club Member no later than August 1st. All grant proposals to the Chairman’s Club must include the following elements:
  • Proposal Cover Sheet
  • Proposal (not to exceed 3 pages)
  • Budget

Selection Process

All grant requests must have a letter of recommendation from an active Chairman’s Club Member no later than August 1st. All grant proposals to the Chairman’s Club must include the following elements:
  • Once an application is received, it is reviewed by the Chairman’s Club Committee to ensure it meets filing requirements.
  • All grants approved by the committee will be emailed to the full membership by October 1st.
  • Members will have 14 days for open discussion regarding grants submitted, and to offer feedback to the committee.
  • There will be a meeting of the full membership on the 3rd Thursday in October to discuss the committee’s recommendation for approved grants.
  • All grants will be approved no later than October 31st.
  • Chairman’s Club Membership will be made aware of all grants submitted and approved grants by November 30th of each year.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application via e-mail or postal mail once funding decisions are made final.

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