Tennessee Tornadoes: Support disaster relief

Dec 15, 2023

On Saturday, December 9, 2023, a string of tornadoes tore through Middle Tennessee. Six people were killed, and dozens were injured during the disaster. 


Now, Tennesseans in the area are facing large scale destruction. Hundreds of homes, including those at the local military base, were completely destroyed or damaged enough to be uninhabitable, leaving hundreds of families, including veterans, displaced. All of this is further complicated by freezing winter temperatures. 


Your Vanguard Charitable donor-advised fund (DAF) is a powerful way to provide immediate support to those in need. In partnership with Charity Navigator, we are providing a list of trustworthy organizations responding to the situation in the Tennessee and allowing funds to be restricted to this particular disaster’s relief efforts. The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, this list is not meant to be exhaustive. All of the listed nonprofits are signed up for Grant Payments via PayPal and can receive funds more quickly than those sent via paper check.1


United Way of Greater Nashville



The United Way’s Network is on the ground providing necessary resources to those affected by the disaster as well as engaging local partners to ensure stability for the community.
Community Resource Center



The CRC is responding to the disaster by providing affected communities with hygiene products, including diapers, cleaning kits, and period products.
Matthew 25: Ministries



Matthew 25: Ministries has deployed their Disaster Response Team to provide services and resources to those affected by the tornadoes. They are also partnering with local groups to serve ongoing needs in the wake of the disaster.


To support these charities or others:

Click here to login and recommend a grant: Recommend a grant


If the organization is not in your saved charities’ list, type the charity name, region, or interest area in the search bar under Find a charity. Click the magnifying glass to begin the search and then scroll down to see your search results. Charities will appear in a list below. Once found, save the charity by clicking on the star and then click select to begin the granting process. 


You will be asked to select a grant purpose in the first step of the process. Select Disaster Relief: Tennessee Tornadoes 2023 in the drop down. If you want to donate to a specific cause or affected area, indicate so in the space provided. 


If you do not have access to your online account, you can register by selecting the Login button in the upper right-hand corner. Follow the prompts to register for online access. 


The nonprofit community's response will be ongoing, and as such, these lists are not meant to be exhaustive.  

How to help locally 

To support local relief efforts in affected areas, consider recommending a grant to a local community foundation. These organizations can often react quickly to emergencies and have extensive insight into the most urgent local needs throughout the rebuilding process. Check out this community foundation locator to find community foundations in the affected areas. 

Vanguard Charitable is now issuing grants via Grant Payments with PayPal. To receive a grant from PayPal, the nonprofit must be enrolled with PayPal and confirm their charity status. The above nonprofits marked with an asterisk have a confirmed enrollment status. To learn more about Grant Payments, click here: https://www.vanguardcharitable.org/nonprofit-organizations

Published Date

Session timed out

For security reasons, you have been automatically logged out. To login, please click close and sign into your account.

Log out successful

This account is frozen. Contact us at donorservice@vanguardcharitable.org.
Request for user ID submitted

Your request was successfully submitted.Your user ID will be sent to the email address we have on file for you. Please contact us if you do not receive your user ID.
There are no open accounts associated with this User ID. Please contact us at donorservice@vanguardcharitable.org.
Online access to your account is currently disabled. Please contact us at donorservice@vanguardcharitable.org to resolve this matter.

Log out successful

Login with your new User ID.

Log out successful

Login to access your account.
You do not currently have valid roles for any accounts. Please contact us at donorservice@vanguardcharitable.org.

A technical error has occurred

In order to maintain information security, your log-in request was canceled or your previous session ended.
Don't worry. You can log back in at any time.


Technical error. Please try again.

Log out successful

Login to update your phone number.

Technical error

You have reached a technical error and this session is not currently available.
Your email address was successfully verified.
Your account has been unblocked. Click login to access your account.

It’s not you. It’s us!

We are experiencing a technical error and we’re working on it. Please try again later.

You are unauthorized to access this page.


Maintenance fee may be applied

Accounts having a balance below $25,000 may be subject to an annual maintenance fee of $250.


You are eligible for special rates

Our premier clients enjoy reduced pricing to further maximize their impact.

Our representatives are happy to guide you through.

No, take me back


Click OK to cancel your enrollment.

Click Cancel to continue opening your account.