Nashville Banner

Publisher's society

First Edition

Founding gifts of $5,000 and above are recognized as part of the Nashville Banner Publisher’s Society – First Edition, a generous group of civic-minded individuals, foundations, and businesses committed to bringing quality local journalism to Nashville and Tennessee. As a locally-owned, community supported news organization, the Banner relies on these transformative gifts as the foundation on which we are building a sustainable news organization.

Thank you to our Publisher’s Society First Edition members:

Margaret Behm and Harlan Dodson

Bone Family Fund

Dennis and Jean Bottorff

Martin Brown Jr.

Mark and Jennifer Chalos

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Jim Cooper

Richard J. Eskind

Sara J. Finley

Jim and Emily Flautt

Bill and Babs Freeman

Bill & Tracy Frist

Thomas and Kathleen Garthwaite

Ruth Ann Harnisch, Homecoming Queen

Harnisch Foundation

Aubrey, Trey and Christopher Harwell

Nancy Peterson Hearn


Martha Rivers Ingram

Reggie Hill

Ed Lanquist

Ellen E. Lehman

Zach Liff

Fund for Nonprofit News at The Miami Foundation

Matt and Patsy Powers

Aubrey Preston

Scarlett Family Foundation

Sandra Schatten Foundation

Jon and Ann Shayne

Carolyn Smith Foundation

Hope Stringer

H.G. Webb

Ian Wrigley

To learn more about joining the Nashville Banner Publisher’s Society contact:

Paige Hendrickson
Director of Development

Donor and Financial Transparency Policy

Nashville Banner is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. When donors or corporate sponsors who have given $1,000 or more per year are named in our stories, we will disclose them on those pages. Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. We may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses. 

As a news nonprofit, we will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.