As 2020 draws to a close, Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID) celebrates the inaugural year of SOLID Shares, its new fundraising initiative announced in May. SOLID Shares allows the organization to select four to six nonprofits annually to serve as the beneficiaries of its external fundraising events, simultaneously expanding its reach in the Nashville community while reinforcing the tenets of its mission. 2020 SOLID Shares partners included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, Music Health Alliance, Porter’s Call, and W.O. Smith.
As SOLID adapted its programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it supported and engaged SOLID Shares partners in innovative and collaborative ways. In lieu of its regular fundraising events, which include the Music Row Madness Topgolf and Turkey Bowl flag football tournaments, it hosted 21 virtual meet and greets for music fans (with a portion of proceeds benefiting SOLID Shares). The organization also held several panels highlighting each nonprofit, covering topics such as mental health and mentorship in the community.
“I am so grateful that SOLID was able to launch SOLID Shares in a year when our partners truly needed our support,” said 2020 SOLID President Nathan Pyle. “Outside of standard fundraising for our partners, we were able to build in programming that helped build awareness around the services our SOLID Shares partners provide to our community. It is the joint partnership that ultimately created a successful launch and set the foundation for SOLID Shares that will last for many years to come.”
The 2021 SOLID Shares partners will be Equity Alliance, MusiCares, the National Museum for African American Music, Notes for Notes and Ryan’s Grove/The Onsite Foundation.
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