917 Society

Celebrating Constitution Day and Our U.S. Citizenship

Nashville, TN

Mission

To impress upon students the relevance and practicality gained through an understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Our mission is to provide a free program to schools to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th with a film narrated by Nick Clooney to be shown in the classroom and a commemorative keepsake State and U.S. Constitution for each student. Also, a website for teachers and student to support and supplement education about the State and U.S. Constitutions.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive DIrector

Ms. Joni Bryan

Main address

P.O. Box 50704

Nashville, TN 37205 USA

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EIN

46-3090292

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Reproductive Rights (R61)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our program fulfills federal mandate 108-447 that all schools that receive federal funds hold a program on or around Sept. 17th Constitution Day. It is not federally funded and our program is provided free to the teachers and students. We focus on 8th grade students to coincide with the U.S. education standards in civics and social studies for that grade, which include U.S. Constitution education. We reached 10,000 8th grade students our first year and this past 2020 we reached 200,000. We continue to grow and expand our service area with 16 total states and 1 million 8th graders as our goal for 2021. We have a potential service audience of 6 million students in 50 states. We serve all 8th grade classrooms including public, private and home school student with an emphasis on public schools. We believe by encouraging our youth to know their rights, understand our U.S. Constitution and celebrate our U.S. Citizenship, we will have a more educated and involved population of citizens.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

917 Society Constitution Project

These are our main programs.1)We provide a free commemorative keepsake U.S. Constitution to each eight grade teacher and each student. They may download free videos and order the books from our website. Shipping is also provided. We are open to 8th grade teachers and students in all 50 states.
2)We also have a website that will provide ongoing education, lesson plans. We are developing an interactive website with student and teacher participation.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of 917 Society Founders Club Memebrs (donate $1000 or more per year)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

917 Society Constitution Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We continue to grow and have gained more Founders Club Members across the country.

Number of 8th grade students reached with our program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

917 Society Constitution Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have steadily increased our reach each year into the 8th classrooms and for 2021 reached 16 states.

Number of Elected Officials supporting this educational project, as stated in oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

917 Society Constitution Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have increased our support by elected official each year. We encourage any elected official to get involved, as they take an oath of office to uphold the Constitution.

Number of Schools served with this project

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

917 Society Constitution Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We reached into three states this year for a total number of schools.

Number of Community and Business members joining The 917 Society project

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

917 Society Constitution Project

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have increased our donations from community and business memebrs

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to reach every 8th grade student in the U.S. in public, private or home school totaling over 6 million students within the next 5 years. We want to create a "rite of passage" into citizenship that imprints on the hearts and minds of our youth as they receive their very own copy of our U.S. Constitution and encourage participation in our form of government when they are of age. Our films and videos will be sources of free resources an inspiration form citizens form all walks of life sharing what the Constitution means to them.

We receive donations from individuals and businesses and are developing a national donor network as a publicly supported organization. Our methods include traveling and speaking to community organizations about our work and developing strategic partnerships with other organizations as well as utilizing databases and social media for online marketing and donor drives. We have gained a large number of elected official and Founders Club Members through our filming and videos featured on our website and are gaining awareness and positive publicity. We are also forming strategic partnerships with other organizations to help with our distribution as we grow.

Our current staff is mostly all volunteers that are experts in their respective fields which benefits our organizations and allows us to complete the tasks at hand. As awareness of our project grows through our publicity and marketing efforts, we hope to hire staff to enable us to grow our program and services. We have formed strategic partnerships with other non-profits, including the National Amvets organization to reach across 50 states and our nation of 8th graders.

We measure our success by how many classrooms, teachers and students we educate about Constitution Day and for 2020 we reached 3 states and 200,000 students. For 2021 we served over 1 million students in 16 states and we are opening our program up to all 50 states for 2022.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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917 Society

Board of directors
as of 03/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Joni Bryan

Joni Bryan

Community Volunteer

Norma Crow

Community Volunteer

Carol Hamby

Community Volunteer

David Hairston

Community Volunteer

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 3/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2021

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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 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.