The Benwood Foundation supports innovative community efforts that help make Chattanooga great. We believe that collective action is a crucial driver of civic change. Building a great city is everyone’s challenge, everyone’s opportunity, everyone’s work.

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Community Voices

  1. Adera Causey
  2. Ann Coulter
  3. Christian Rushing
  4. Daniel Ryan
  5. David Cook
  6. Donna Williams
  7. Edna Varner
  8. Fynn Glover
  9. Harry Austin
  10. Justin Hoenke
  11. Monica Kinsey
  12. Robert Fisher
  13. Ruth Kerr
  14. Shayne Woods
  15. Sheldon Grizzle
  16. Tricia King
  17. Guest Contributor
  18. Benwood Staff

Our Contributors


  1. I’ve had my work criticized in the past as being “just play” as if the fact that there aren’t necessarily always tangible results or visible change makes it less impactful.
  2. For the staff there, and through the countless lives they touch, their work is not simply a spray of paint on a wall but a much deeper mark of community impact.
  3. In becoming one of the fastest, most hyper-connected cities on the map, we need not overlook the fundamental bytes of the day-to-day connectedness that led us to this place.
  4. A child raised in this river valley, wherever in the world she or he later find themselves, in lifting their eyes to the horizon their soul will see mountains.
  5. Opening yourself up can be a wild ride, floating onto a sound sensation with pulsing beats, quiet melodies, mixed organic sounds and synthesized rhythm that leaves you enlivened and exhausted.
  6. My hope is simple – to not be the next Austin or Atlanta, but to be the best Chattanooga we can be...