The Anderson Family Foundation is committed to making a positive difference in the communities we serve by focusing on and supporting those non-profit organizations and causes which address basic human needs, the dignity of all persons, and the protection and advancement of children and related educational priorities.
Our goal is to reach out to people who are in need and to facilitate the delivery of essential services to them, and in doing that, to create a more caring and inclusive community.
Our Philosophy of Giving
The Anderson Family Foundation is committed to a philanthropic outreach program which contributes to the quality of life of people in need in communities served by Anderson Media Corporation.
We define “quality of life” as providing the basic necessities of human existence such as food and shelter.
Further, we strive to reach out to children in need and to organizations providing tangible, measurable ways to protect and support children. This includes a strong focus on education at all levels.
We want our gifts to make a positive difference in the communities we serve, and we value partnerships with non-profit organizations that effectively measure and increase our impact.
Foundation Priority Areas
- Education - We believe that every person should have an opportunity to receive an education that prepares him or her for a life of self-sustainability.
- Children - We treasure the children in our community, not only as future leaders and contributors, but also as human beings who need to be protected, encouraged and supported at every level of their existence.
- Feeding the Hungry - We are committed to helping in the fight to eradicate hunger and to providing accessible channels for people to obtain life-sustaining nutrition.
- Sheltering the Homeless - Providing basic shelter is an essential part of a caring community’s mission, and we will support endeavors to ensure that people have a roof over their heads and an affordable means to create homes for themselves and their families.
- Animal Welfare - We will assist in our communities’ challenges to treat animals humanely, to educate people regarding their proper care and to provide homes and shelter for them, whenever possible.
Highlights from the Anderson Family Foundation
2010 was a busy year for the Anderson Family Foundation in its efforts to make a lasting and positive difference in the community.
The Anderson Family Foundation was instrumental in helping the University of Tennessee meet a $1 billion fundraising goal ahead of schedule. The Campaign for Tennessee was the most ambitious fundraising effort in the school’s 216-year history. The Anderson Family Foundation gift enabled the University of Tennessee to join an elite group of less than thirty public universities to have successfully completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.
Charlie Anderson, recognized previously as a distinguished alumnus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Business Administration, saw an opportunity to help make a positive impact on the educational needs of the state and region by helping the Campaign for Tennessee meet its fundraising goal.
In recognition of the foundation’s efforts, the university is naming the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in honor of the Anderson family. The Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will help students and faculty develop future businesses to positively impact the region’s economy.
The gift also established the Moll R. Anderson Scholarship Endowment to provide scholarships for single parents. Special scholarship consideration will be given to parents whose children participate in the Boys and Girls Clubs, recognizing Moll Anderson’s personal experiences and history with the youth organization.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley also benefitted from the Anderson Family Foundation’s community efforts in 2010. The foundation provided a $150,000 gift to the organization, along with another $150,000 challenge grant as the youth organization began work on a $1.3 million fundraising campaign. The Anderson Family Foundation challenge grant pledged $150,000 to match contributions, dollar for dollar, to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley at the campaign kickoff. The success of the challenge grant, when combined with the $150,000 gift, provided the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley with a $450,000 head start toward meeting its $1.3 million fundraising goal.
Providing affordable housing opportunities has been another area of concern for the Anderson Family Foundation. The foundation launched a partnership with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity in 2010 to fund the building of designated houses in a Habitat community for the next ten years. The community, known as “Music Row,” pays tribute to the Anderson Family Foundation’s deep and historic connections to the country music industry.
The funds to build each house are raised by the foundation through an annual benefit concert featuring a notable country music act. In 2010, Brooks and Dunn, one of the most successful country music duos of all time, arrived in Knoxville to dedicate the first house in this project. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, along with Charlie and Moll Anderson, welcomed the Habitat home’s new resident to the “Brooks and Dunn House.” The 2011 house will be named in honor of recording artist Martina McBride, who performed a benefit concert to fund the house in 2009. Additional houses will be constructed each year through 2019 to help provide Knoxville families in need with simple, decent and affordable housing.