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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. My hope is simple – to not be the next Austin or Atlanta, but to be the best Chattanooga we can be...
  5. It just makes sense to me that we need a movement focused on C—the community—as the next bold step for improving public education.
  6. Sure, the new, sensational big ideas are the ones that get all the fanfare. But in truth, the small acts of compassion and leadership through example are what drive civic participation.