CivicTN’s mission is to strengthen the collective impact of, and collaboration between, nonprofit 501(c)(3) community and advocacy organizations that empower the rising American electorate in our state. In Tennessee, the “Rising Electorate” is Black, Latinx, New Americans, low-income families, single women and young voters.
Why collaboration on this work is important?
We are stronger when we work together. When we leverage the relationships 501(c)(3) organizations have built over the years in communities who trust them, we can begin to see meaningful progress. In fact, studies show that people are much more likely to vote when asked to do so by a trusted nonprofit. When nonprofits encourage the people they serve to vote, they’re building political power to solve the key issues they care about.
That’s where CivicTN comes in. CivicTN is setup to develop data-driven strategies and provide best-practice trainings that increase member efficiency for better get-out-the-vote operations as well as strengthen their community organizing programs. Our team will work to provide nonprofit community members with current best practices, data analysis, fundraising and grassroots organizing as its relate to civic engagement. Additionally, these efforts build a stronger pipeline of talent to lead civic engagement and nonprofit work that affects meaningful and positive change.
Memphis for All
Tennessee Equality Project
Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi
Tennessee Education Association
Jackson/Madison Co. NAACP
The Equity Alliance
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Coalition
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Urban League of Middle Tennessee
Andrew Goodman Foundation
Tennessee Democracy Network
Our Executive Director
Since the early 2000s, Matia Powell has been incredibly active as both a political activist and network-facilitator in Davidson County, as well as a community volunteer and nonprofit professional. She is known for her charisma, charm, empathy, outspokenness, dedication to friends, family, and community, and tremendous leadership potential. Prior to joining CivicTN, Matia served as Vice President for Community Engagement at Alignment Nashville, an organization that is nationally recognized for its pioneering work in collective impact.
Matia serves on various boards and commission and has been named as one Nashville’s 100 Leading African Americans (2018), recognized as a Black Top 40 under 40 (2015), honored as a YP ATHENA Nominee twice (2014 and 2019), and selected as a NELA finalist in the field of education (2019).