Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County Tennessee

History. Preservation. Community

aka The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County   |   Franklin, TN   |  www.williamsonheritage.org

Mission

The Heritage Foundation preserves the communities and cultural heritage of Williamson County. We work with area leaders to continually care for historic spaces, treasured landmarks, and cherished local businesses. In short, we save the places that matter in Williamson County, Tennessee.

Ruling year info

1970

CEO

Mrs. Bari Beasley

Main address

P.O. Box 723

Franklin, TN 37065 USA

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EIN

23-7042596

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Preservation Program

What do you love most about Williamson County? Charming downtowns and unique local businesses? Rolling pastures and scenic green space? Historic homes and public buildings? Street festivals and events that showcase our community? These are just a few of the things that make Williamson County such a great place to live and visit. And they didn’t happen by accident. Chances are, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County played a role in creating many of things you love most about the place you call home. We are the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the architectural, geographical and cultural resources across all of Williamson County, and our work is integral to the quality of life in our special corner of the world. THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION ACTIVELY WORKS TO PRESERVE THE STORIES AND SPACES OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY FAMILIES IN THREE MAIN AREAS: Public Preservation Private Preservation Main Street Program

Population(s) Served

Since its founding in 1984, the Downtown Franklin Association (DFA) has spearheaded the revitalization of Franklin’s historic downtown core. Working in partnership with property owners, preservationists, city and county government, local businesses and merchants in our historic retail district, the Foundation and the DFA have helped create one of the nation’s Main Street success stories. We’ve earned national recognition as an authentic, eclectic place that offers something for everyone in an atmosphere that reminds locals and visitors alike of a simpler time in our history – a place where community matters.

Population(s) Served

The Franklin Theatre opened in the summer of 1937, and immediately became a treasured asset on Main Street. It is fondly known as the “Home of First Kisses.” Over the next 70 years, people in Franklin continued to visit the Theatre, but unfortunately, the doors eventually closed in 2007. The Heritage Foundation could not let this historic building be lost. With the support of over a thousand donors, the Heritage Foundation stepped in to buy and rehabilitate the historic landmark. After three years of work – and an investment of more than $8 million – the historic Franklin Theatre re-emerged better than ever. The new Franklin Theatre continues the cherished tradition of showing movies, but also adds a new dimension to Main Street – live music. With a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and undeniable charm, the Franklin Theatre is destined to be an entertainment and cultural icon for years to come.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County Tennessee

Board of directors
as of 10/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr David Garrett

No affiliation

Term: 2017 - 2020

Danny Anderson

Community Volunteer

Sean Carroll

Vanderbilt

Pam Chandler

Community Volunteer

Kay Heller

Community Volunteer

Ann Johnson

WasteTech

Emily Magid

Community Volunteer

Josh Denton

David Garrett

Community Volunteer

Nancy Smith

Community Volunteer

Cassie Jones

Chris Knopf

Jennifer Parker

Lisa Campbell

Stephanie Farmer

Tracy Frist

David Hopkins

Jeff Ledbetter

Bryan Doleshel

DFA

Sondra Morris

Tyler Borders

Donna Douglas

Adam Dietrich

Ellen Smith

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/15/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/15/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.