2019 Strobel Awards
Resolve to Serve Stories

Organization Profile

The Contributor, Inc.


The Contributor creates economic opportunity with dignity by investing in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty. The Contributor, Inc., is a nonprofit, social enterprise that prints and publishes a weekly newspaper. We recruit, interview, and train homeless and formerly homeless vendors to distribute our paper. The Contributor, Inc., then sells the paper to our vendors at $0.75 per issue and vendors, in turn, sell the paper to their customers for retail at $2, plus tips, earning at least $1.25 per paper sold. The vendor keeps all profits from the sale of the paper to their customers.

Hunger & Homelessness
Homeless, Low-income Communities
Nashville, TN, 37219