Issue Overviews

Rotating Issue Overviews highlight community needs, as well as challenges and opportunities for charitable giving in issue areas spanning arts to zoology throughout Middle Tennessee. The following Issue Overviews are based, in part, on research, interviews, focus groups and studies conducted by local journalists and by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Do you care deeply about an issue that has not yet been highlighted on this page? Contact us to submit a request.

Click below on an issue that interests you. Learn more about needs in Middle Tennessee, and view lists of regional nonprofits meeting those needs.

For every $1 spent on addiction treatment, $12 are saved on future social, medical and criminal justice costs.

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In the United States, it is a typical expectation that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a decent and affordable home.

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The United States stands out among nations as a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.

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Early childhood education and pre-K programs embrace the crucial stages of brain development in children that when ignored

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In 2011, there were 947 traffic-related deaths on Tennessee roadways, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

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For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity.

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Negative, prejudicial public attitudes are the root cause of many social and legal struggles.

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The ability to engage in productive activities, to find relationships with other people fulfilling.

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At a time when obesity rates are skyrocketing and young people are increasingly tied to their computers and televisions.

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One million more people will move to the Middle Tennessee region before 2035.

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological injury sustained by approximately 25% of our military service members who see combat.
Parents dropping their kids off at school may not realize their child sits next to a young person in the foster care system.

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Pet overpopulation is the most serious issue facing domesticated animals in Middle Tennessee.

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All Tennessee families should have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate child care and after-school programming for their children, regardless of income level.

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Senior Centers across the United States are preparing for a wave of hip baby-boomers.

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Homelessness is most visible in downtown urban settings, where individuals can be seen sleeping in public places.

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The preservation of our natural landscapes is essential to creating and maintaining a high quality of life for Middle Tennessee residents.

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Tennessee's population grew by an impressive 11.5% from 2000 to 2010.

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As the largest population in history moves toward retirement and increased medical demands, Tennessee is facing a nursing shortage.

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The dramatic achievements of public health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in a myriad of ways

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The phenomenal growth of Tennessee’s foreign-born population, and the opportunities and challenges this has presented for newcomers and the state.

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With global competition, technological changes and the growth of knowledge- and service-based economies.
If you can read this, you can fill out an application, write a check, shop for groceries, read to a child, and understand the bus schedule.

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In today's climate of economic uncertainty, Middle Tennesseans may be concerned about the potential of rising crime.

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Relationships have ups and downs, but certain types of behavior in any relationship are unacceptable and abusive.

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In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Human trafficking has long been an international concern, but did you know that trafficking could be happening in your own neighborhood?

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Middle Tennessee treasures its beautiful open spaces.

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Tennessee is 38th Among All States in Maternal Mortality;

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Prisoners recede to a place far out-of-sight and out-of-mind for most citizens until their release.

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In a state in which 1 in 8 adults cannot read and the reading proficiency rate for third graders is under 50%

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Dr. Stephaine Walker's call to action followed the launch of the TN Women's Health Report Card.