Community Chest

Since 1908, the Sewanee Civic Association and its precursors have believed in the power of area citizens to help sustain community projects and programs. Through these associations, the community has funded many worthwhile endeavors, such as building parks and the elementary school, helping to complete Alto Road, funding a state highway to the Marion County line, and underwriting blue prints for the stone gates.

Since 1943, the Sewanee Civic Association has organized the Community Chest, which in the last decade has raised more than $1 million for local organizations.

As a nonprofit organization serving three counties on the Cumberland Plateau, the Sewanee Community Chest strives to fund organizations that help those caught in the cycle of poverty, improve lives through outreach and community initiatives, and provide support for children and seniors with a variety of programs. Please refer to our grant procedures.

This year’s goal is $116,850 for 26 organizations that have requested basic needs funding for elder care, food, books, housing, scholarships, recreational spaces, spay/neuter programs for animals, and funding for the local elementary school.

The mission of the Sewanee Community Chest is to support those organizations who serve the common good. The Sewanee Community Chest does not allocate funds to those organizations who discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex or national origin.

The Sewanee Civic Association encourages all of you who benefit from life in the community to give generously to the Community Chest. The Sewanee Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible. Donations and pledges to the Sewanee Community Chest are accepted at any time at PO Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375.

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