Tennessee Preservation Trust
PO Box 24373
Nashville TN 37202
Washington DC Advocacy Day 2011
Mission Statement

The Tennessee Preservation Trust promotes the preservation of our state's diverse historic resources through education, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships.

CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Dr Michael Birdwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Tennessee Heritage Alliance
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $109,440.00
Projected Annual Revenue $109,440.00 (2016)

The Tennessee Preservation Trust promotes the preservation of our state's diverse historic resources through education, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships.

Background The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) is an independent, member-supported non-profit historic preservation advocacy and educational organization headquartered in Nashville. Originally established in 1983 as the Tennessee Heritage Alliance, we were designated as Tennessee’s official Statewide Partner for the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) in 2005. We strive to be a voice of leadership and to unite the state’s diverse preservation community.
TPT held its 16th annual Statewide Preservation Conference in Nashville this year.  This was a collaborative effort with the TN Assoc. of Museums and the Society of TN Archivists.  Attendees enjoyed sessions on preservation, sustainability and advocacy by some of the leading professionals in the field. TPT is looking forward to its 17th conference, to be held in Johnson City. The annual Ten in Tennessee Most Endangered Properties List will be announced in October 2016. Preservationists across the state look forward to this valuable program which has led to the preservation of over 30 sites since its inception, while numerous others have made forward progress. Properties listed on the 10 in Tenn receive increased awareness which leads to action and for many, grants which help stabilize and restore the endangered structures.
In 2015, TPT accepted its first easement of an historic property.  The Old Town Bridge in Williamson County, built in 1801 as part of the Natchez Trace that connected Nashville to Natchez, Miss., was donated by the property owner as part of their restoration efforts.  TPT hopes to continue to accept historic property easements.
TPT offered three "Historic Preservation 101" courses for TN Realtors in 2015.  The course focuses on the benefits of buying and restoring historic properties.  Realtors can receive continuing education (CE) credits for the day long class.  TPT will continue to offer this course across the state in 2016.
In 2015, TPT acquired and began restoring the historic Highlander Folk School property in Monteagle, TN.  TPT will kick off a fund raising campaign for "The Power of Place Campaign" in late 2015.   Restoration efforts on the folk school will be ongoing as funding is secured.
TPT co-sponsored the 2015 Old House Fair in Nashville on March 7th.   
The day long festival introduces property owners to new ideas, practical advice, innovative materials and quality services through exhibitors, presentations, and hands-on demonstrations.  TPT will co-sponsor the 2016 Old House Fair on March 5th.

1)  TPT needs members to support our programs financially and with hands on activities.

2)  TPT needs funding to promote the historic easement program online and with printed materials.
3)  TPT needs sponsorships/underwriting for the Annual conference and Ten in TN program
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Mail a check to TN Preservation Trust
P.O. Box 24373
Nashville, TN  37202 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Historical Organizations
Secondary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tennessee Preservation Trust promotes preservation of historic and cultural sites across the entire state of Tennessee.
Description Premier annual educational meeting for supporters of historic preservation from across Tennessee
Budget 15000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, ,
Description Annual roster of the state's most endangered historic places creates awareness for specific threatened sites
Budget 500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities Historic Preservation & Conservation
Population Served General Public/Unspecified, ,
Description holding easements on historic properties to promote the restoration through tax-deductible donations.
Population Served , ,
Description providing continuing education for real estate professionals to promote historic preservation
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr Michael Birdwell
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Email birdie@tntech.edu
Board Members
Dr. Michael Birdwell TN Tech UniversityVoting
Mr. Steve Cotham East TN History Center
Mr. David Currey Exofficio
Ms. Lee Curtis TN Dept of Tourist DevelopmentExofficio
Ms. Jaime Destefano History, Inc.
Mr. Joe Emert Voting
Ms. Rachael Finch Voting
Mr. Thomas Flagel Voting
Ms Ann Gray Cornerstones, Inc.Exofficio
Ms. Amanda Hall Voting
Ms. Jill Holland Mayor, City of McKenzieVoting
Ms. Brianne Huitt-Thornton South Central TN Development DistrictVoting
Dr. Harold Hunter Voting
Mr. Scott Kriebel Voting
Ms. Pam Lewis PLA MediaVoting
Ms. Lynn Maddox Voting
Mr. Patrick McIntyre TN Historical CommissionExofficio
Ms. Elliott McNiel Assoc. for the Preservation of TN AntiquitiesExofficio
Dr. Reavis Mitchell Jr.Voting
Mr. Carrington Montague IIIcommunity volunteerVoting
Mr. Mike Moore TN Division of ArchaeologyExofficio
Ms. Emily Parish The Land Trust for TNExofficio
Mr. Juan R. Self Self Tucker ArchitectsVoting
Mr. Michael Sicuro Voting
Mr Phil Thomason Thomason & Assoc.Exofficio
Ms. Elaine Turner Heritage Tours of MemphisVoting
Mr Greg Vital Independent Health Care Properties, GeorgetownExofficio
Mr. Jeff Wells TN Dept of Environment & ConservationVoting
Ms. Nancy Williams TN Main Street ProgramVoting
Ms. Deborah York Sgt. York Patriotic FoundationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
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 75%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Executive Director/CEO
Email tnprestr@yahoo.com
Experience TPT is currently being run by the Board of Directors.
Former CEOs
Mr. E. Patrick McIntyre Jr.July 2002 - July 2007
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 22
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Senior Staff
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $109,440.00
Projected Expenses $109,440.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$34,791$189,746$23,513
Administration Expense$52,688$57,256$51,253
Fundraising Expense$0$0$4,465
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.330.920.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses40%77%30%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$573,718$463,151$73,839
Current Assets$35,967$56,576$73,839
Long-Term Liabilities$400,776$406,227$0
Current Liabilities$461$2,341$0
Total Net Assets$172,481$54,583$73,839
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities78.0224.17--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets70%88%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $163,478Program Revenue $187,580 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $32,420Fundraising Events $24,498 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $6,114Membership Dues $10,016 --
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? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2017
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
2016 TPT Budget2016
TPT Budget2015
TPT 2012 Budget2012
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from 990.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.  
990 was prepared by Advanced Tax & Income Services.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 9/26/16.
Nonprofit Tennessee Preservation Trust
Address PO Box 24373
Nashville, TN 37202
Primary Phone (615) 933-1238
Contact Email tnprestr@yahoo.com
Board Chair Dr Michael Birdwell
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Tennessee Heritage Alliance

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