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Deer Run Retreat Center

Deeper Faith. Stronger Relationships. Greater Adventures.

Thompson's Station, TN   |  https://deerrun.camp/
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Deer Run Retreat Center

EIN: 62-1725478


Mission

To provide excellent camps and retreats that inspire a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ and strengthen relationships with family and friends.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder & CEO

Mr. David Gibson

Chief Development Officer

Brent Freeland

Main address

3845 Perkins Road

Thompson's Station, TN 37179 USA

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EIN

62-1725478

Subject area info

Christianity

Camps

Religion for youth

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Christian (X20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Deer Runs facilities and overnight capacity are close to capacity and we have wait lists for retreats and for overnight campers, so we are trying to raise the funds needed to build more cabins and other buildings to accommodate that growth.

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?

Deer Run Camps

Deer Run is a traditional, nondenominational Christian camp where everyday distractions are removed, enabling campers to discover their strengths, explore adventures, forge friendships, and meet challenges. Passionate staff and counselors lead campers to grow in their faith, character, and leadership ability on 150 acres of scenic wooded property in Middle Tennessee. Our priority is for camp staff to get to know each camper individually, listen to their heart, encourage them, and provide them with positive role models. Day Camp Campers, age 5 to completed grade 6, enjoy lake activities, archery, creek wading, and other outdoor adventures, while also participating in interactive small group Bible studies. Overnight Camp Campers, 1-Week Camp for completed grades 3 to 10 and 2-Week Camp for completed grades 6 to 10, enjoy lake and outdoor activities and recreation, and age-appropriate interactive small group Bible studies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Multiracial people

Deer Run prioritizes strong family relationships, and that's why we provide purposeful year-round opportunities for guests to have life-changing adventures and spend focused time together. From Parent-Child Adventures to Married Couple Weekends, there are a variety of choices for your whole family.

Family events: Married Couples Weekend, Mother-Son event, Daddy-Daughter event, Mother-Daughter Getaway Weekend, Father-Son Adventure Weekend and Family camp.




Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Multiracial people

Deer Run created the Mission 42:1 Scholarship Program based on the strong conviction that all children and families should be offered the place and time to rest, reflect, and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ.  The Mission 42:1 Scholarship offers assistance to those campers and families who are facing financial, spiritual, or emotional challenges.  These scholarships are made possible through the prayers and donations from Deer Run champions, including donors, volunteers, and staff, and are not derived from user fees from camp/retreat programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Multiracial people

Deer Run's team members believe in serving you with excellence, ensuring a phenomenal and memorable customized retreat experience for you and your group.

From small leadership teams to large group gatherings, from fun-filled day retreats to week-long overnight stays, Deer Run has a variety of upscale accommodations, meeting facilities, recreational options, team building activities, and hiking trails for any retreat style, plus five-star meals to please everyone.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Multiracial people
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
Multiracial people
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2018

Awards

Best Day and Best Overnight Camp 2022

Williamson Parent

Best Day and Best Overnight Camp 2021

Williamson Parent

Best Day and Best Overnight Camp 2020

Williamson Parent

Best Day and Best Overnight Camp 2019

Williamson Parent

Best Summer Camp 2022

Sizzle Awards

Best Summer Camp 2021

Sizzle Awards

Best Summer Camp 2020

Sizzle Awards

Best Summer Camp 2019

Sizzle Awards

Best Summer Camp 2022

Williamson's Best

Best Summer Camp 2021

Williamson's Best

Most Loved Summer Camp 2022

Macaroni Kid

Most Loved Summer Camp 2018

Macaroni Kid

Affiliations & memberships

Williamson County Chamber of Commerce 1997

Center for Nonprofit Management (Nashville) 2017

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 scholarships offered to campers and families.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Deer Run Family Events

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We never want to turn anyone away from coming to our camp for summer camp or an event/retreat.

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.

At Deer Run Camps and Retreat we provide camps and retreats that inspire a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ and strengthen relationships with family and friends.
Our vision is to transform as many lives as possible for Christ through the growth of staff, facilities and programs. Over 30,000 people come through our campus every year.

The Deer Run Way is to serve the Lord and others with love, integrity, stewardship, excellence, community and fun.

We are embarking on a 3–5-year capital campaign to add more cabins, buildings, and activities for our campers and retreat attendees.

We hosted a vision dinner fundraiser in the fall as well as making many contacts in the community to gain financial support and donations. We are also hosting a fundraiser in July at Top Golf Nashville, we have sponsorships and tickets available for purchase.

We feel that our camp reputation and the services we offer have helped us as we embark on this capital campaign. We are blessed to be able to make connections in our community for support as well as generous support from our board, camper and retreat guests.

We had a very successful fundraising dinner in the fall and have a few similar events planned for 2023.

Financials

Deer Run Retreat Center
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Jenny Dyer
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

7.79

Average of 2.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8.8

Average of 4.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10%

Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Deer Run Retreat Center

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Deer Run Retreat Center

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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Deer Run Retreat Center

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Deer Run Retreat Center’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$1,772,710 $383,191 $927,672 $1,684,441 $1,466,990
As % of expenses -71.5% 16.2% 55.8% 73.3% 45.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$1,967,131 $174,920 $713,146 $1,401,738 $1,196,104
As % of expenses -73.6% 6.8% 38.0% 54.3% 34.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,788,015 $3,089,818 $1,589,618 $3,982,229 $4,241,965
Total revenue, % change over prior year -46.9% 10.8% -48.6% 150.5% 6.5%
Program services revenue 75.9% 76.5% 27.5% 73.3% 76.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.1% 1.2% 1.2% 0.1% 0.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 20.3% 7.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 22.4% 22.1% 49.9% 16.4% 22.9%
Other revenue 0.6% 0.2% 1.1% 2.5% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,478,337 $2,372,601 $1,661,486 $2,297,788 $3,228,307
Total expenses, % change over prior year 16.3% -4.3% -30.0% 38.3% 40.5%
Personnel 55.9% 63.5% 66.7% 54.2% 56.0%
Professional fees 2.5% 3.3% 2.6% 4.2% 3.6%
Occupancy 4.1% 4.1% 5.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 37.5% 29.1% 25.5% 41.5% 40.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,672,758 $2,580,872 $1,876,012 $2,580,491 $3,499,193
One month of savings $206,528 $197,717 $138,457 $191,482 $269,026
Debt principal payment $0 $4,100 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $1,691,738 $297,395 $680,016
Total full costs (estimated) $2,879,286 $2,782,689 $3,706,207 $3,069,368 $4,448,235

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.9 11.2 5.5 10.8 8.8
Months of cash and investments 8.9 11.2 5.5 10.8 8.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -11.1 3.3 -0.8 6.7 7.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,836,981 $2,221,358 $762,985 $2,061,363 $2,369,843
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $62,500 $23,500 $73,247 $61,592 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,837,717 $5,989,046 $7,678,473 $7,878,330 $8,287,460
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 28.8% 31.6% 27.4% 29.1% 27.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 5.9% 4.9% 7.7% 5.1% 3.6%
Unrestricted net assets $1,864,744 $4,752,566 $5,465,712 $6,867,450 $8,063,554
Temporarily restricted net assets $3,831,748 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,831,748 $1,452,872 $453,332 $453,332 $0
Total net assets $5,696,492 $6,205,438 $5,919,044 $7,320,782 $8,063,554

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Founder & CEO

Mr. David Gibson

His entrepreneurial spirit, devout stewardship, and resourceful leadership have served Deer Run Founder and CEO David Gibson well in  his twenty-year  journey to build a Christ-centered camp for children and families. As a man of unwavering faith and a strong business background, David Gibson draws from his church leadership roles as a deacon and elder.  His twenty-five year experience as a successful entrepreneur has provided the background for exemplary stewardship efforts on behalf of Deer Run.  A devoted father and grandfather, David appreciates the importance of family relationships in the viability of communities. Consequently, Deer Run exists to build and enrich the bond of family relationships in the serene beauty of its divine creation.

Chief Development Officer

Brent Freeland

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Deer Run Retreat Center

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Deer Run Retreat Center

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Brad Underwood

Zimmer Biomet

Term: 2020 - 2024

David Gibson

Executive Director, Deer Run Retreat

Bill Brown

CEO, A2B Advisors

Richard Dunlap

VP of Operations, M&P Renovations, Inc

David Farmer

SR, VP North America, Fortna

Amy Fenton

ED - Orange VBS

Matt Fruetel

VP, MRG

Jeff Sheets

CEO, Pinewood Communications

Rick West

Head of Lower School, FRA

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data