Atlanta Grade School Friends

Three Rs: Restore, Renovate, and Re-Imagine an 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) school building dating from 1936. It took 120 days to complete construction of the school, and this was ably accomplished by the Hardy Brothers of Texarkana. From 1936 to 1974 the school provided a safe and welcoming environment for Atlanta's children and their dedicated teachers. In addition to renovation of the building and the continued maintenance thereof, Atlanta Grade School Friends oversees the development and management of educational programs and related activities for all ages that enhance the building's usefulness.

Notes from the nonprofit

Atlanta Grade School Friends is on the threshold of a new era of community service. Currently unoccupied (tours by appointment), we are preparing to launch a major gift campaign to fully restore Atlanta-Miller Grade School in Atlanta, Texas and to reimagine it as a community center for educational programming for people of all walks of life in Atlanta, Cass County, and beyond. A gold seal GuideStar profile, GreatNonprofits reviews, a new website, online donation capabilities, a YouTube channel to tell our story visually, and monthly e-mailings to expand and engage our constituents have been achieved in 2022. Professional architectural renderings and restoration plans by Architexas are in progress. Donations to sustain our operations are welcome anytime. Please sign up for email and thank you for visiting!

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

Ethnic and racial 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


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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?


The Atlanta-Miller Grade School was a Works Progress Administration project taking 120 days to complete. Hardy Brothers of Texarkana began construction of the one-story, six-room building of locally made brick in 1936.

As the community grew, rooms were added over the years. Between 1975 and 1980, Atlanta-Miller Grade School became the Atlanta Multi-Purpose Center and was put to good use until 1990. From 1990 to 2000, the school was used as a storehouse, receiving no maintenance. Water damage and neglect to regular maintenance threatens this school building, like many in small rural Texas towns. Many Atlanta-Miller Grade School former students and supporters have joined together to launch the first phase of alumni fundraising in cities around Texas. They also have made emergency repairs to prevent additional water infiltration and damage.

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

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Texas Historical Commission Marker 2006

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Atlanta Grade School Friends is in regular contact with civic leaders in Atlanta, Texas and across the region. We encourage feedback, and based on that information, make the necessary adjustments.

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

    Discussions with them, in person or by phone.,

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

    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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We do not at this time hold programs in the historic building. Our current focus is on restoring it so that it can be used for community programming. We welcome ideas about future programming and have had discussions with the City of Atlanta, Texas and others in this regard.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, We do not have staff and are all-volunteer.,

  • 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 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 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 1 years

Months of cash in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 188.1 over 1 years

Fringe rate in 2019 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 1 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Atlanta Grade School Friends

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Atlanta Grade School Friends

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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

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Profitability info 2019
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $244,988
As % of expenses 2212.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $244,988
As % of expenses 2212.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $256,062
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.1%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $11,074
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0%
Occupancy 0.0%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 100.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019
Total expenses (after depreciation) $11,074
One month of savings $923
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $88,350
Total full costs (estimated) $100,347

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019
Months of cash 188.1
Months of cash and investments 188.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 188.1
Balance sheet composition info 2019
Cash $173,625
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $104,710
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $278,335
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $278,335

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019
Material data errors 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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Atlanta Grade School Friends

Board of directors
as of 01/15/2023
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 Chamblee


Camille Dawn


Margaret Miller-Fitts


Leigh Stanley


Kevin Stingley

Vice President

James Joslin


Lee Ellen Benjamin


Phil Rice


Judy Lanier


Donna Rice


Gary Endsley


Jerri 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

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender 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.