The Tennessee Titans Foundation was established in 1999 with an initial gift of $500,000 from Titans Owner / Founder K.S. Bud Adams, Jr. and his wife Nancy.
Since that time, more than $1 million dollars in grants have been made to non-profit organizations throughout the state from the Titans Foundation, including grants to 42 Tennessee-based United Way offices serving all 95 counties in the state!
The two largest fundraisers for the Foundation continue to be an annual golf tournament and also the sale of Tennessee Titans license plates by the State of Tennessee.
The ninth annual Tennessee Titans Charity Golf Classic will be held in June 2008. The first eight tournaments generated in excess of $1.2 million for the Foundation, which began in 1999 thanks to the incredible support from both the business and private sector and to Adams' announcement last spring that he and his wife agreed to pay all of the expenses associated with the first eight golf tournaments.
The Titans specialty license plate sold by the State of Tennessee earns 50% of the $35 fee for the Titans Foundation. That translated to more than $278,000 during the first 14 months that the plates were available for motor vehicles. Every one of Tennessee's 95 counties reported sales of the Titans plate during that period! In the enabling legislation creating the plate, the Titans and the State of Tennessee agreed that 100% of the proceeds earned by the Titans Foundation would be equally distributed among 10 organizations across Tennessee.
Each of these 10 organizations received more than $27,800 from the Titans Foundation during the first 14-month reporting period ending December 31, 2004.
In four years, the Titans specialty plate has generated more than $1.3 million for Tennessee charities through the Titans Foundation. In addition to the Tennessee Arts Commission, the following 10 organizations receive equal shares from the proceeds of the plate sales:
- Baptist Hospital Maternity/Birthing Center
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Tennessee
- Boy Scouts of Tennessee
- Camp Discovery
- Fisk University Scholarship Fund
- Girl Scouts of Tennessee
- Jason Foundation
- St. Jude's Children Research Hospital
- Tennessee State University Scholarship Fund
- Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
In addition to the 50% share of the specialty plate fee earned by the Titans Foundation, 40% of the $35 fee is routed to the Tennessee Arts Commission. This percentage earned approximately $200,000 for the Tennessee Arts Commission during the opening 14-month sales period.
The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to ensure the citizens of Tennessee have access to and participate in the arts. Purchasing a Tennessee specialty license plate provides funding and support for arts activities in your own community through the grant programs offered by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
The combined total of funds distributed to these 10 statewide partners and the Tennessee Arts Commission was nearly $500,000 in the first 14 months of plate availability!
The Tennessee Titans specialty license plates are available across the state in every location in which motor vehicle plates are sold.
The Titans Foundation is proud to be involved in benefiting so many worthy organizations with the license plate program. We appreciate the work of the Tennessee General Assembly in passing the enabling legislation and the efforts of the Tennessee Department of Transportation in the specialty plate program.
Most importantly, we are grateful to the Titans fans and supporters who are making these contributions possible with their purchase of our plates.
Important Grant Request Notice
Due to an abundance of quality grant requests currently on file, the Tennessee Titans Foundation has temporarily ceased to accept additional grant requests. Once the backlog of qualified grants has been reviewed, an announcement will be made concerning the acceptance of additional grant requests.
K.S. Adams Jr. Foundation
The annual report of K.S. Adams, Jr. Foundation is available at the address noted below for inspection during regular business hours by any citizen who so requests within 180 days after publication of this notice of the availability.
K.S. Adams, Jr. Foundation
Saint Thomas Sports Park
460 Great Circle Rd.
Nashville, TN 37228
The principal manager is Kenneth Adams, IV