Hal Cato lands top Middle Tennessee nonprofit gig
Hal Cato was named the new CEO of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee on Thursday.
Why it matters: After months of teasing a possible run for mayor of Nashville, Cato instead landed one of the city's most prominent and consequential nonprofit jobs.
- The Community Foundation is a nonprofit asset management organization that connects donors to philanthropic causes. The group has donated more than $1.1 billion to charitable organizations.
Flashback: Cato was viewed as a likely mayoral candidate after word of his exit from another nonprofit, Thistle Farms, got out earlier this year.
- Instead, Cato decided against a run, stirring up speculation he may land the Community Foundation's top job.
- He replaces Ellen Lehman, who founded the Community Foundation 30 years ago.
What he's saying: "The Community Foundation is a critical anchor institution of the greater Nashville area that seeks to solve complex community issues through generosity while reminding us who we are when we’re at our best," Cato says.
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