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Business & Corporate Partnerships

There are many ways your company can get involved with First Steps.  General Corporate donations help offset the costs of quality childcare and therapy for children with special needs, developmental delays, and other challenges. Often, therapy insurance reimbursement rates will not cover the cost of care.  Additionally, there is extensive training and support needed for the teachers in our inclusive childcare center and outreach program.

Event sponsorships are another way to support First Steps.  Vino on the Veranda sponsorships range from $2,500 to $10,000 and include many marketing benefits and event tickets.  Patrons can attend for $500 and receive marketing benefits. We are also seeking a new sponsor for the annual art show.

At Vino on the Veranda, we host an auction as well. If your company can donate goods or services for the auction, this is a great way to support our fundraising efforts. We can also often use your in-kind services to assist with facility needs or programs.

To support First Steps or to discuss these options or ideas you may have, please contact our Director of Development, Melissa Houck at (615) 690-3091 or


The Big Payback

The Big Payback is back, and we are participating!

Save the date for Wednesday May 3rd!

The Big Payback is a community-wide, online giving day hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The 2017 charitable event will feature our kids and their stories.  This event helps to support our programs, as well as, celebrate the good work of participating Middle Tennessee nonprofits, schools, and religious institutions.

How does The Big Payback work? Kicking off at midnight on Tuesday, donors can make gifts online for 24 hours! Your contributions to First Steps could be amplified by additional incentives, bonuses and prizes made possible by The Big Payback sponsors throughout the day on Wednesday.

For more information, please visit

New Giving Page

We are so excited to offer you a new way to give to First Steps!  The DONATIONS tab on our website now links you directly to our new secure server for donations. You no longer have to go through paypal or any other third party site!  You simply enter a little bit of contact information and your credit card information, along with your gift amount.  The donation comes directly into our account!  You’ll receive a receipt and we’ll receive a notification.  Then, of course we’ll send you a formal letter for your taxes too. We’ve made a lot of changes to the website, give it a quick review and let us know what you think!

Online Auction

Winter Auction The Winter Auction is OPEN!

Check out some great items to cure your winter blues.  Click on the link to read full descriptions and place your bid. You can also find the auction list by clicking the “Get Involved” tab at the top of the page.


The auction ends Monday, February 20th at 5 p.m.

We’re Hiring

We currently have an opening for a Full Time Developmental Therapist.

Requirements Include:

Bachelor’s degree in early childhood special education, early childhood education, child development, early intervention, or Child and Family studies; and 1+ year experience with young children

• Experience with Birth-3 year olds or Baccalaureate, Masters or Doctorate in: Deaf education, Visual impairment, Special education K-12, Elementary education

People with a Bachelor degree (look at specific education requirements written above) oral and written skills in non-English languages (Spanish, Burmese, Arabic) are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

For a Full Description and information on how to apply, please visit our Get Involved page.

Carrabba’s Cares Days

Join us on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday January 10 – 12 at Carrabba’s Green Hills.  Bring in the flyer, or mention First Steps and they’ll donate 15% of your total ticket amount back to us!  Dinner, lunch, drinks, carryout…whatever works for you!

Give While You Shop on Amazon

It’s so easy to give to First Steps while shopping online. Amazon Smile carries the same items as Amazon – you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same! On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from the list of eligible organizations. Choose First Steps!



Vino on the Veranda

We’re less than 3 months away from First Steps’ annual fundraising event, Vino on the Veranda!

We are excited to host Vino on the Veranda on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the City Winery in Nashville.

This year’s event is shaping up to showcase superior wine selections in a beautiful location overlooking the Nashville skyline. As always, guests will enjoy a silent auction featuring tickets for Disney World, lunch with Clay Travis, photography sessions, sports memorabilia, camps for kids, and so much more from a variety of local and national businesses. We invite you to join us by purchasing your tickets today! Stay up to date on all Vino info by following our Facebook event.

The proceeds from Vino contribute immensely to the children with special needs we serve in our community, and with your help we can continue to provide critically needed services. Your participation in this event will truly make a difference in the lives of these children and their families, and we are thrilled to offer you the opportunity to be an integral part of our mission. The impact that First Steps has on the Nashville community is immeasurable, and without your generous support, this event could not continue to be successful.

Pajamas for the Playground

Update: The Big Payback day of Giving ended early.  You can still donate through our website (store button) until Thursday, May 5th at noon to count toward the Big Payback.  But you can ALWAYS donate on our website anytime to support First Steps!!

Join us for our Pajama Party during the Big Payback on May 3rd from 7 – 9 a.m.  You can make a donation, grab a donut and help improve the playground! You can also donate online all day May 3rd through the #BigPayback website.




Save the Date – Vino on the Veranda

This year’s annual wine tasting and silent auction will be on September 29th at City Winery.  Follow our Facebook Event Page for all the latest information!