Atlanta Grade School Friends

Three Rs: Restore, Renovate, and Re-Imagine a Historic Icon

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Atlanta Grade School Friends

EIN: 46-0492043


The mission of Atlanta Grade School Friends is to restore the historic Atlanta-Miller Grade School located on Miller Street in Atlanta, Texas. Atlanta-Miller Grade School is a unique Works Progress Administration (WPA)-era school dating from 1936. In addition to renovation of the building and the continued maintenance thereof, Atlanta Grade School Friends oversees the management of educational programs and related activities that enhance the building's usefulness. Once restored, the school will become a modern community center, hosting a wide variety of educational programs for people of all walks of life across the region and beyond.

Notes from the nonprofit

Atlanta Grade School Friends is on the threshold of a new era of community service. We are working to fully restore Atlanta-Miller Grade School in Atlanta, Texas, which was built in 1936, and to reimagine it as a community center for educational programming of all kinds. We are working with leading firm Architexas to restore the facility and to secure National Register status, and we are reaching out to a variety of partner organizations across the region to help us plan the building's future uses. We launched a monthly e-newsletter in 2022 and you can sign up to keep up with the latest news, and to receive it direct to our inbox via our website at Questions? Email us: [email protected].

Ruling year info



Mrs. Jane Cook Barnhill

Main address

P.O. Box 851 (Physical Location: 106 1/2 W. Miller Street)

Atlanta, TX 75551 USA

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Subject area info

Historical activities

Elementary education

Continuing education

Educational exchanges

Community improvement

Population served info

Age groups


NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Atlanta Grade School Friends is committed to preserving Atlanta-Miller Grade School in Atlanta, Texas. The beloved WPA-era school had fallen into disrepair and was going to be demolished, when a group of concerned former students and community advocates joined forces to purchase and stabilize the building. That work continues today, and part of our solution to ensure the highest quality restoration has been to hire leading firm Architexas to work with us side-by-side. We are also working to secure National Register status. With the 100th anniversary of the school in 2036, our school will become a community center for educational programs of all kinds. We also hope it will be a destination for heritage tourism. Questions? Email us: [email protected].

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?


Atlanta-Miller Grade School is a WPA: Works Progress Administration-era project. It took 120 days to complete. Hardy Brothers of Texarkana constructed the one-story, six-room building of locally-made brick in 1936. Atlanta Independent School District used federal (PWA) funds and state bonds to fund construction. Edwin R. Smith of Paris, Texas in association with local architect Lee Warren designed the school.

- 1975 to 1990 the school became the Atlanta Multi-Purpose Center.
- 1990 to 2000 the school served as a storehouse, receiving no maintenance.
- 2001 to the present, former students and community advocates banded together to acquire and stabilize the building. Our nonprofit was formed.
- The school remained on the "most endangered" list of historic sites until 2023.
- Tours by appointment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work


Honor Award 2023

Preservation Texas

Affiliations & memberships

Texas Historical Commission Marker 2006

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our goals were first and foremost to save the historic school building from demolition (done), then to stablize it (done). Now we are working to restore it professionally with the help of Architexas and to secure National Register status. Once complete, we intend to host a variety of educational and community activities in the school for people from all walks of life. We have conducted a survey and such a multi-purpose facility (installed with the latest technology) is greatly needed by the City of Atlanta, Cass County, by East Texas. In addition, the citizens of the region place a high value on the region's history, and we aim to bolster heritage tourism (and the economic impact that tourism provides), for the City of Atlanta, Texas.

Our long-range plan outlines our goals and achievements, and you can download the current document from our profile. Atlanta Grade School Friends is all-volunteer and it hires experienced contractors as needed, from construction to architectural services to fundraising and communications. An intensive organizational infrastructure upgrade has been completed, and we are now conducting research and meeting with prospective partners with an eye to fully funding the restoration, and the school's conversion to a community center. An outstanding architectural firm has been hired, and budgeting is underway.

Atlanta Grade School Friends has accomplished a great deal and is poised for success! While being all-volunteer, the nonprofit does hire seasoned professionals to support specific project needs. We are confident we will be successful attaining our goals of restoring the historic property and converting it into a community center for use by people from all walks of life across the region and beyond. Our work is being documented and should you have questions, email us: [email protected].

Our long-range plan outlines our progress to date, and we hope you will take a few minutes to review the document we have uploaded to GuideStar. We have three overall phases of work described, which we call the Three R's: Restore (2001 to 2021); Renovate (2022 to 2025); and Revitalize (2026 to 2036). We are in the midst of Phase II and well on our way!

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Atlanta Grade School Friends
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 321.7 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Atlanta Grade School Friends

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Atlanta Grade School Friends

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Atlanta Grade School Friends

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Atlanta Grade School Friends’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $244,988 $511,206 $1,024,788 $575,599
As % of expenses 2212.3% 5197.8% 6486.0% 1300.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $244,988 $511,206 $1,024,788 $575,599
As % of expenses 2212.3% 5197.8% 6486.0% 1300.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $256,062 $521,041 $251,047 $619,865
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 103.5% -51.8% 146.9%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 99.9% 99.9% 97.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $11,074 $9,835 $15,800 $44,266
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -11.2% 60.7% 180.2%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $11,074 $9,835 $15,800 $44,266
One month of savings $923 $820 $1,317 $3,689
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $88,350 $296,552 $144,580 $91,849
Total full costs (estimated) $100,347 $307,207 $161,697 $139,804

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 188.1 473.8 363.8 261.0
Months of cash and investments 188.1 473.8 363.8 261.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 188.1 473.8 363.8 261.0
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $173,625 $388,279 $478,946 $962,696
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $104,710 $401,262 $545,842 $637,691
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $278,335 $789,541 $1,024,788 $1,600,387
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $278,335 $789,541 $1,024,788 $1,600,387

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mrs. Jane Cook Barnhill

Please see the biographical statement on the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission website ( Jane Cook Barnhill is past President of the Friends of the Governor's Mansion Board of Directors. She is a member of the Texas State History Museum Foundation Board of Directors, Washington County Historical Commission and the Brenham Heritage Museum. She is a life member of the Heritage Society of Washington County and served as its president for two terms. She is a member of the Brenham Maifest Association Board of Directors and served on the Trinity Medical Center Board of Directors and Ethics Committee. She and her husband, John, are active members of the University of Texas community and have held leadership roles in the Ex-Students Association.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Atlanta Grade School Friends

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Atlanta Grade School Friends

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mrs. Jane Cook Barnhill

Civic Leader

Term: 2005 - 2023

Danny Stanley

Stanley PLLC, Treasurer

Cyndy Vaughan Chamblee


Camille Smith Dawn


Margaret Miller-Fitts


Leigh Walker Stanley


Kevin Stingley

Vice President

James Joslin


Lee Ellen Arnold Benjamin


Phil Rice


Judy Waldon Lanier


Donna Rice


Gary Endsley


Jerri Mason Steger


Tammie Duncan


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? 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? 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 10/20/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/26/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.