SEWANEE COMMUNITY CHEST

Sewanee, TN   |  http://sewaneecivic.org

Mission

The purpose of the Sewanee Community Chest campaign is to raise funds for local organizations that serve the common good. The Sewanee Community Chest raises funds to meet basic needs in the community such as food, books, elderly care, children's programs, recreational spaces, animal care and more. In the last decade it has raised more than $1 million for area programs and initiatives.

Notes from the nonprofit

The next steps include to continue to strengthen our community by funding organizations that have requested basic needs funding for quality of life, community aid, children’s programs, and those who are beyond Sewanee but still serve the entire community. In addition to our annual letter writing campaign, we plan to do more interactive fundraising, including an email newsletter. This August, we are launching an art contest with the Sewanee Elementary and Sewanee Children’s Center students, where they can design a "Thank You Note" to be used during our Community Chest fundraising campaigns. This will also help to create awareness of the impact the annual Sewanee Community Chest donations have on these schools.

Ruling year info

1980

President

Kerstin Beavers

Co Principal Officer

Ken Taylor

Main address

PO Box 99

Sewanee, TN 37375 USA

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EIN

62-0989178

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Fund Raising Organizations That Cross Categories includes Community Funds/Trusts and Federated Giving Programs) e.g. United Way (T70)

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Sewanee Community Chest

PROVIDE FUNDING FOR EDUCATIONAL, YOUTH ACTIVITIES, COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND HEALTH SERVICES FOR SEWANEE AND FRANKLIN, MARION AND GRUNDY COUNTY, TENNESSEE.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Beginning in 1908, the Sewanee Civic Association’s primary purpose was to raise money the town could not raise in taxes because it was unincorporated, to make municipal improvements.
Each fall the Executive Board of Directors conducts the Sewanee Community Chest fund solicitation for the following calendar year. The Board manages the solicitation, collection and disbursement of all community chest funds. As a nonprofit organization serving three counties on the Cumberland Plateau, the Sewanee Community Chest strives to fund organizations that help those caught in the cycle of poverty, improve lives through outreach and community initiatives, and provide support for children and seniors with a variety of programs. Sewanee Community Chest stewards are chosen yearly to head up the Community Chest campaign, including budget, marketing, direct mail, and grant applications. The work starts in September, with most of the funds received by December.
The efforts of the Sewanee Community Chest are the result of the good will and immense kindness that community members show each year.
The community is made up of many organizations that rely on the financial support of the Community Chest to achieve their mission of serving our community members. Without contributions, these organizations would not be able to provide the much-needed community resources and services. Everyone benefits from the resources provided by the organizations that receive financial support from the Community Chest. A few critical community resources we continue to support: our local schools; our organizations serving senior citizens; our children’s organizations; our community volunteer home building; our community gathering and recreation spots; our local animal rescue facilities; our local farm and food programs; and our Fourth of July Celebrations.

We ask for and fund raise until the yearly goal is met for our requesting organizations. Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, sex, or national origin are not eligible to apply. Eligible applicants include organizations that have a letter from the Internal Revenue Service verifying that they are tax-exempt organizations (as defined under Section 501(c) 3 of the IRS code) and are publicly supported (as defined under Section 509(a) 1 of the IRS code). Consideration will be given only to organizations that serve those in Grundy, Marion, and Franklin Counties, whether the organization is located on the mountain or not.

Each fall the Executive Board of Directors from the Sewanee Civic Association conducts the Sewanee Community Chest fund solicitation for the following calendar year. The Board is responsible for managing the solicitation, collection, and disbursement of all community chest funds. It is expected that the major solicitation will have been made before December 15 and that most funds will have been received by June 1. The Sewanee Community Chest Treasurer writes the checks to the organizations once the fundraising goal is achieved and after notification to the organization, which is typically in February. In the last decade, the Sewanee Community Chest has raised more than $1 million for the community.

We have helped to fund the community. Since 1908, the Sewanee Civic Association and its precursors have believed in the power of area citizens to help sustain community projects and programs.
Through these associations, the community has funded many worthwhile endeavors, such as building parks and the elementary school, helping to complete Alto Road, funding a state highway to the Marion County line, and underwriting blue prints for the stone gates.
Since 1942, the Sewanee Civic Association organizes the Community Chest, which now raises tens of thousands of dollars yearly for local organizations. Every dollar raised stays here in the community, including paying for expenses such as printing and mailing.
Through a designated fund with the Sewanee Community Chest, funds were raised to reinvent the Elliott Park playground in June 2015. Elliott Park is the central playground and meeting place for families; an outdoor space in which to connect. The For the Parks project raised more than $69,000 to reinvent Elliott Park. This included grants, bake sales, cash from the AngelFest event, donations from GoFundMe, and 157 individual donations. The Sewanee Civic Association entered into a memorandum of understanding with the University of the South in September 2015. Groundbreaking began in October 2015. The project was completed, and the park opened on November 21, 2015, after more than 70 community members joined in the mulch spreading event. The Sewanee Community Chest also raised $101,000 that year for our local organizations.
In 2020, the Sewanee Civic Association partnered with the Sewanee Business Alliance to make the Sewanee community as safe as possible and to ensure that everyone had the right resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 37375 Campaign fundraising was modeled after the successful For the Parks campaign. The more than $26,000 raised went through the Sewanee Community Chest in a designated fund. The Sewanee Community Chest also raised $98,390 that year for our local organizations.

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SEWANEE COMMUNITY CHEST

Board of directors
as of 07/24/2021
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Board chair

Carolyn Ingle

Jared Sorenson

Erin Kunz

Millicent Foreman

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

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