Donate Nashville

Connecting people in need with neighbors who care

When disaster strikes - large or small - there will always be a need that falls through the cracks: a donation that doesn't make it to the right spot, or a concerned volunteer who can’t find a place to plug in. That's where we came in. Donate Nashville connected real needs, no matter how small or unusual, with practical, community-based solutions. As neighbors, we worked together in creative and personal ways to touch each other's lives and solve our city's most pressing challenges.

Background: Nashville's response to the flooding of 2010

Nashville suffered the aftermath of what was labeled a “100-, 500- or 1,000-year flood,” after more than 16 inches of rain fell over a 48-hour period. While we were still calculating the extent of the damage, this website represented an effort to take quick action to organize needs and resources.

Shortly after the catastrophic flooding in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, some forward-thinking people quickly threw together a website that matched donors, housing and other resources directly with people in need. Inspired by that action, we created Donate Nashville, a similar organizational tool for putting people and their resources in touch with their neighbors. Think of it as a peer-to-peer charitable utility.

Now the flood has passed, most damage has been recovered, and we have made the decision to shut down the website as its use had drastically waned. We are thankful for all of the support that this site got during its initial launch and applaud the amazing organizations like Nashvillest, Cool People Care, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Hands on Nashville, Middle Tennessee Red Cross, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, and countless other organizations that worked diligently to care for their fellow neighbors.

We highly encourage making a donation to any of these organizations as a thanks for their hard work.

About the Original Team

Donate Nashville was a collaborative effort among Nashville's local Symfony Group, web developers, strategists and, well, basically anyone else who showed up. We came together around the same time our community rallied around the phrase “We are Nashville.”

For non-resource-related inquires about Donate Nashville, contact chiphayner [at] gmail [dot] com.