Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
630 Benton Avenue
Nashville TN 37204-2345
Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide instructional opportunities and training in the arts through the power and in the name of Jesus Christ.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Brent James MacDonald
Board Chair Mr. Allen Barnes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Barnes Barnes Law
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1995
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $322,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $322,000.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission Our mission is to provide instructional opportunities and training in the arts through the power and in the name of Jesus Christ.
Background
Celebrating 21 years of service (founded in 1994 by Tom and Kim Shumate. Incorporated 1995). Directed by Brent and Angie MacDonald since 2002. Cottage Cove is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian, tax-exempt 501(c)3 ministry outreach with special emphasis on children, operating year round in the inner-city Vine Hill and Madison districts of Nashville, TN. We serve an average 85 children daily. Our daily children's program is free of charge to all participants and their families. Our property is paid for and Cottage Cove runs on funds provided by donations. We are governed by a diverse, independent, board of directors. Services: Out of school program for children and youth (kindergarten through high school graduation). Daily summer time program. Staff maintains involvement with the local school, the children's teachers, and their parents. Curriculum is developed by the staff of Cottage Cove. Daily snacks. Reward store: children earn "points" through their attendance, participation, and behavior to purchase things they need and want – learning that things of value come with work.
Playground and sports field. Field Trips (local sports events, businesses, educational events, church related functions, etc.): children earn these field trip "stars" through their homework, academic achievements, and through reading. Bible memory verse incentive program. Daily / Weekly / Quarterly Activities: Tutoring and homework help in all subjects (throughout the regular and summer school year). Flash Card Testing. Bible Study. Reading. General Music Classes. Musical Instrument Lessons. Computer Classes. Voice / Choir. Crafts / Photography / Art Classes. Dance. Science. Gymnastics. Jewelry making. Life Skills Classes: Cooking, Sewing, Knitting, Public Speaking.
Impact
Cottage Cove is provides homework help, tutoring, life skills classes, Bible study, music and arts classes for up to 85 at-risk children daily. Through all our programs we served 494 unique students/clients this past year.  Along with educational progress recorded at Cottage Cove, the effects of this intervention have been measurably demonstrated through progress reports from the local school and verbal reports from teachers and parents. General improvement in the character of the children over time, while harder to quantify, is visible to our staff and volunteers and to their teachers and parents.  

Our three most significant goals for the current year are:
  1. Academic improvement by at least one extra year for all students lower than their current grade standing in Mathematics. 
  2. Academic improvement by at least one extra year for all students lower than their current grade standing in Reading/Spelling.
  3. To identify a personal focus, and encourage each student in excelling at an individual area of the arts. 
Our three most significant accomplishments for the past year are: 
  1. Marked improvement academically in the students testing lowest in their classes.  Increased honor-roll students.
  2. All students have attained, and use daily, manners and visible displays of respect for authority. 
  3. 80% of our students have mastered an area of basic life-skills or arts training.
Needs The current top needs for Cottage Cove include: 
  1. Additional after-school volunteers for tutoring and homework help, in both our Vine Hill and Madison locations.
  2. An additional program staff member.
  3. Renovations to our new (to us) Madison location $50,000+
  4. An additional mini-bus, $40,000
  5. Additional financial supporters and/or annual sponsors, especially to better fund program staffing. $30,000
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations are welcome by mailing a check, via our website (www.CottageCove.org), or by phone.  In-kind donations of many items are welcome too (contact us for details). Volunteers are needed every weekday, especially from 3 pm until 6 pm, plus select times in evenings and on weekends, the latter especially for projects.  Please phone or email for details on volunteer opportunities. We have two locations that could use your help: Vine Hill and Madison.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Cottage Cove serves two primary areas in Nashville: the area surrounding the Vine Hill district (with more than two-thirds of our students coming from the Fall Hamilton Enhanced Option School) plus the Stratton Elementary/Madison Middle School area of Madison. 
Board Chair Statement

Cottage Cove stretches every dollar to maximize its impact on this community and provide quality programs for children and youth. We have a small professional staff that is passionate in their service. One ongoing challenge for Cottage Cove is securing sufficient annual support to pay our staff sufficient wages to encourage long term stability. The board has made this a specific focus of its efforts over the next few years. Further we are seeking to add additional board members to join us in this task.

CEO Statement Cottage Cove provides a unique balance of programs enabling at-risk children not merely to survive, but rather to acquire the tools necessary to thrive. The loving and caring environment created by our staff and volunteers, teaches the children that love is not based upon performance but rather as a result of who they are; God's children. In the safety and acceptance of Cottage Cove it provides a special location where children of all ages and races are able to learn respect for authority, and each other, along with good character traits and valuable life lessons so they have the keys to develop a life of integrity and honor.
Programs
Description Cottage Cove provides homework help, tutoring, and academic enrichment on a daily basis for approximately 85 at-risk children. Along with educational progress recorded at Cottage Cove, the effects of this intervention have been measurably demonstrated through progress reports from the local school and verbal reports from their teachers. General improvement in the character of the children over time, while harder to quantify, is visible to our staff and volunteers, and to their teachers and parents.
Budget 105000
Category
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Description
Fine Arts, Photography, Drama & Dance classes and lessons are also provided on a daily basis and throughout our summer programs.
Budget 58625
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General, Single Parents
Description Learning the basics of Christian belief is an important element of our educational program at Cottage Cove. We provide these classes daily as well.
Budget 8375
Category Religion Christianity
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General, Single Parents
Description Life skills training including sewing, cooking, store
Budget 16750
Category Youth Development Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General, Single Parents
Description General Physical Ed and Recreations
Budget 25125
Category Recreation & Sports Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General, Single Parents
CEO Comments After 20 years in the Vine Hill neighborhood, Cottage Cove opened a second location in Madison in August of 2014.  This new-to-us facility is undergoing renovations as resources allow and will continue to expand in operations as both donor and volunteer support increase. Initial support from the community has been very positive.  The new property was paid in full in 2014 so resources are focused on necessary renovations and expanding program services.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Allen Barnes
Company Affiliation Barnes Barnes Law
Term July 2015 to Dec 2018
Email board@cottagecove.org
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Dr. John E. Baites John E. Baites, MDVoting
Mr. Allen Barnes Attorney at LawVoting
Ms. Lynne Black Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Mr. Kyle Bullock Sealed AirVoting
Miss Krystal Duncan SunTrustVoting
Mr. Bruce Hammock Willowbrook Health SystemsVoting
Mr. Steve Harrell Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.Voting
Mr. Chris Johnson Technical InnovationsVoting
Miss Laquietta Knight PathgroupVoting
Rev. Brent James MacDonald Cottage CoveVoting
Dr. Ted Miller Ted Miller, MDVoting
Mr. Kerry Springer CDWVoting
Mr. Elijah Williams Cook BuildersVoting
Mr. Scott Wilson Scott Wilson ArchitectVoting
Mr. Tyler Wilson HCANonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 84%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 53%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Advisory Board
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Daniel Borsos EMC Structural Engineering
Mr. Mark Chesshir Nashville Float and Massage
Mr. John Levesque First Tennessee Bank
Mr. Scott Schumpert Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Mr. Mike Yarbrough Laser One
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Rev. Brent James MacDonald
Term Start July 2002
Email brent@cottagecove.org
Experience A Canadian specialist in computer programming and design, Brent owned and operated two corporations with six divisions in two cities for a ten year period prior to entering full-time ministry. Currently 24 years of ministry experience have included itinerate evangelism, multi-media seminar development and presentation, Executive Director of a Christian Camping facility in Maine and fourteen years as Executive Director at Cottage Cove in Nashville.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Rev. Thomas A. Shumate Jan 1995 - July 2002
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 425
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 75%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Sept 2011
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Nashville's Table2000
Second Harvest Food Bank2006
Belmont University2006
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography A Canadian specialist in computer programming and design, Brent owned and operated two corporations with six divisions in two cities for a ten year period prior to entering full-time ministry. Currently 13 years of ministry experience have included itinerate evangelism, multi-media seminar development and presentation, Executive Director of a Christian Camping facility in Maine and three years in Nashville.
Title Executive Assistant
Experience/Biography 13 years of ministry experience with multi-media, Christian Camping, and children.
CEO Comments The financial information on this site prior to 2005, from our 990's, shows administrative expense as the highest portion of our expenses. This comes from attributing 100% of staff to administrative whereas all administrative staff spend a majority of their time with program duties. Adjusted to account for this division of time Program Expense would be approximately 84% versus the 25-33% as shown in 2003/04. Beginning with 2005 these numbers are correctly divided out and reported on our 990s.
Foundation Comments
received updated charitable solicitations permit with exp date of June 2013. TR
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $322,000.00
Projected Expenses $322,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$225,924$269,994$264,839
Administration Expense$15,242$14,607$13,402
Fundraising Expense$2,839$2,814$2,878
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.061.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%94%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$367,428$397,822$393,611
Current Assets$80,581$100,567$101,036
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$13,485
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$367,428$397,822$380,126
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%3%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $176,919Contributions, Gifts & Grants $259,818Contributions, Gifts & Grants $316,745
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $28,957Fundraising Events $35,033Fundraising Events $31,168
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $7,735Program Services $10,260Program Services $5,864
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Organization Comments The financial information on this site prior to 2005, from our 990's, shows administrative expense as the highest portion of our expenses. This comes from attributing 100% of staff to administrative whereas all administrative staff spend a majority of their time with program duties. Adjusted to account for this division of time Program Expense would be approximately 84% versus the 25-33% as shown in 2003/04. Beginning with 2005 these numbers are correctly divided out and reported on our 990s.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
990 was prepared by Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.
Some foundation grants, as well as donations from church congregations, may be included in Individual Contribution sum, as figures are not fully divided in tax document.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 5/9/17.
Nonprofit Cottage Cove Urban Ministries
Address 630 Benton Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204 2345
Primary Phone (615) 292-2303
Contact Email brent@cottagecove.org
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Brent James MacDonald
Board Chair Mr. Allen Barnes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Barnes Barnes Law
Year of Incorporation 1995

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