Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Inc.
4522 Granny White Pike
Nashville TN 37204
Girl Scouts enjoying summer camp activities
Mission Statement
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Agenia Clark
Board Chair Ms. Helena Yarbrough
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bridgestone Americas
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1926
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Cumberland Valley
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $4,428,052.00
Projected Annual Revenue $4,462,359.00 (2015)
Statements
Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Background
Over 100 years ago, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low wanted to bring girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air. In March 1912 she assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, for the first Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. Daisy’s Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
 
Within a few years, Daisy's dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of over 3.2 million girls and adults. In Nashville, the first troops began to meet in 1917. By 1926, the Nashville Girl Scout Council received its charter.
 
To fund their camping trips and activities, Girl Scouts use cookie sales proceeds. By 1936, cookie sales had become a mainstay for Girl Scout councils across the country. By the late 1930's and early 1940's, the Nashville Girl Scout Council was among the trendsetters in Girl Scouting. In 1938, the Council invited First Lady, and National Honorary Girl Scout President, Eleanor Roosevelt to speak. By 1942, the Nashville Council had established troops for African American girls, making the Council among the leaders in the region in providing services for African American youth.
 
In 1958, Girl Scout troops in 20 counties in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky joined forces to become the Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council. At that time, the Council served just over 8,000 girls. In 1965, a successful capital campaign conducted by the Middle Tennessee community provided the finances to build a Council office in Nashville. The number of girl members, volunteers and supporting staff continued to grow each year, and by 1991, the Council moved its headquarters to its current location.
 
Today Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee seeks to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. We offer fun and meaningful programs in the areas of Healthy Living, Civic Engagement, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).
Impact
We are 20,125 members strong; serving 13,347 girls, and 6,778 adult volunteers in 39 counties of Middle Tennessee. In 2014 we celebrated the following accomplishments:
  • We delivered a balanced Operating Budget, have no debt and United Way Designations form only 1% of our revenues.
  • Girl Scouts provided Middle Tennessee with an estimated economic impact of $387,905 (based on IndependentSector.org’s value of a volunteer hour) through the performance of over 19,270 hours of community service. Projects varied based on the community needs and interests of our diverse troops, like establishing community gardens in food deserts or offering art therapy for intellectually disabled persons.
  • 1,100 girls from under-served areas received a traditional scouting experience made possible through our community partners/donors for the L.E.A.D. (lead, empower, achieve, discover) program.
  • 2,090 Girl Scouts received $64,983 in financial aid for membership, programs, and summer camp
  • 1,760 total girls attended resident summer camp—more than ever before!
Our success is a solid reflection of a committed and tireless corps of volunteers— but it also relies on the many friends and partners who are aligned with our mission. With your support, we can serve more girls in 2014 with transformational programs. We will serve the needs of girls who pursue a Girl Scout experience and provide exemplary support to those volunteers who deliver that experience.
 
Our 2015 goals are:
  • Girl Scout Stewardship: Continue to develop and sustain relationships that will provide diverse funding sources and provide efficient stewardship of resources.
  • Girl Scout Volunteer Leadership: Recruit, train and sustain a diverse group of troop leadership teams, board members and other volunteers that embraces a mission focused commitment serving the needs of all girls.
  • Girls in Girl Scouting: Recruit, serve and sustain an inclusive girl membership representative of our regional population.
  • Girl Scout Experience: Offer diverse program experiences that are meaningful and appealing to girls. Programs will promote the three focus areas (healthy living; science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) and civic engagement; product programs and property use.

Needs
Adult volunteers who are committed to being trained to lead troops of Girl Scouts.

Financial support to ensure that every girl who wishes to be a Girl Scout can realize her dream. We have never turned a girl away due to financial reasons. We hope to provide $105,800 in financial assistance in 2015. Over $1 million raised in public support helps to keep programs and other costs affordable for all girls.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Annual Campaign
87 Cents from every dollar goes toward programming that directly benefits Girl Scouts. To donate to Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, you can mail us a check, donate through our website www.gsmidtn.org/donate, or give us a call at 615-460-0243.
 
Events
A variety of events support the mission of Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, such as our 21st Golfing for Girls Tournament and The Annual Girl Scout Luncheon. We also host various regional events in Montgomery, Rutherford, Wilson, and other counties. Check out our website, www.gsmidtn.org/donate for more information about supporting Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee through an event sponsorship.
 
Programs
Individuals or organizations wishing to sponsor Girl Scout Programs, such as the Count & Go Cookie Drop, The Salute to Outstanding Leadership Awards, special adventure activities at our Camps, and other programming, can reach us at 615-460-0243 for more information.
 
Volunteer
Troop leaders, service unit managers, and on-call volunteers are essential to providing fun and meaningful experiences to our Girl Scouts. To learn more about volunteer opportunities visit www.gsmidtn.org/volunteer .
 
In-Kind donations are accepted, as needed. Please contact us for more information.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Girls Scouts of the U.S.A
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - Dekalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Fentress
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
The 39 counties of Middle Tennessee
Board Chair Statement
We are familiar with the increasing numbers of women in the general population, as college graduates, and in the workforce, but that we make up only a fraction of those in leadership positions. Despite our many advances and achievements, women still have a very long way to go and it starts when we are girls. Girl Scouting is an important tool in the process of developing girls as strong leaders.The Girl Scouts of Middle TN is a great organization with strong leadership and a solid foundation. My personal goals as Board Chair are to bring my background, experiences and perspective to the table to help further our mission of developing girls to be confident, courageous and strong leaders in our world.
 
Helena Yarbrough, Board Chair
CEO Statement
The Girl Scout program can change the way girls see the world and their place in it. As a voice and a catalyst for girls, we instill self-esteem and confidence, respect for others, a strong sense of responsibility and enduring values. We deal head-on with issues that diminish girls’ promise and potential. We face the crises of girls’ low self-esteem, teen pregnancy, the vast number of women and children living in poverty, and the limits on women’s job choices and pay.
 
Agenia Clark, President and CEO  
Programs
Description

 

L.E.A.D annually provides over 1,000 underserved girls from both urban and rural areas of Middle Tennessee with a Girl Scout experience. We use free and reduced lunch as a proxy to identify low-income and underserved girls to participate.
 
Often parents in underserved areas do not have the time or resources to be troop leaders. L.E.A.D. troops are led by mentors (college students, recent graduates, or professionals) who receive special training.
 
Full financial aid is offered to each of the 1,000+ L.E.A.D. participants, which covers uniforms, journey books, supplies, after school snacks, program fees and more.
 
The purpose of L.E.A.D. is to help girls grow in self confidence and leadership; to offer them new experiences to enrich their lives; and encourage them to use education as a vehicle to achieve their dreams. The program also instills the importance of community service and provides opportunities for girls to better their community and the world.
Budget 215116
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Females, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Description
College 101 helps girls and their parents prepare for life after high school—from credits to majors, to perquisites. These year-round sessions help families navigate the financial, academic, social and emotional stress surrounding the application process. Workshops help girls and parents learn about the application process, financial aid and scholarships, campus life, testing strategies, in-demand careers, finding the right school and more.
 
College Road Trip takes the girls on the road to experience first hand a wide variety of college options, from 2-year, to technical, to private and public. The program allows girls the opportunity to meet with admissions, financial aid and student representatives. Girls travel by bus and stay overnight in the dorms. Multiple age groups are included to encourage girls to start thinking about and preparing for college earlier.
Budget 124319
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Description
  1. Healthy Living: Our Healthy living programs focus on not only the physical, but the mental health of girls in our communities. The need for these types of programs is strong-- Tennessee ranks 49 out of 50 states for emotional well-being and approximately 28% of girls in our state are overweight or obese (GSRI, 2014)
  2. Civic Engagement: Civic Engagement programs offer the opportunity for girls to make the world a better place! For example, Girl Scout Day on the Hill shows girls how our government works. Only 17% of our State Representatives are women, but our girls want to change that!
  3. STEAM: (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Today’s girls need a large set of skills to meet the demand for high tech careers. Girls typically fall behind their male counterparts in the fields of science and math (GSRI, 2012). We seek to narrow this gap and show girls that they can excel and have fun in STEM activities by integrating arts into the mix.
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Description
  • The highest honor for a Girl Scout, the Gold Award focuses on the community service interests of girls in grades 9-12. It’s quite an achievement – representing approximately 80-hours or more, of individual leadership effort to execute a community service project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact and serves to educate and inspire others. Each girl chooses and thoroughly researches an issue she cares about, designs her action plan, builds community collaboration, and takes the lead in implementing the project.
  • The Silver Award symbolizes the completion of a special project of interest accomplished by girls grades 6-8. Throughout the project, she will explore her community, pick a project, develop a plan, put her plan in motion, and share it with others.
  • The Bronze Award is the top honor for grades 4-5. It signifies that she has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a team-based project that makes a positive difference in her community.
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CEO Comments
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee has seen a two percent decline in membership. Nationally Girl Scouts has seen a six percent decrease in this area. We share a common challenge - the Girl Scouts organization is facing the reality of an ever-changing world. As our society strives to provide the best for our children, they have been given a multitude of opportunities to choose from.
Here at the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, we will continue to be committed to our 102-year-old mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We will continue to market Girl Scouts in our communities and provide innovative, relevant, and value-based programming. In addition, we have always had a history of successfully diversifying our funding streams. Unlike many Girl Scout Councils, who depend on the proceeds from Product sales and United Way Allocations to meet their General Operating Budgets, we are different. Our revenue mix includes proceeds from Product sales, funding secured through developing our donors, and programming fees. Only 1% of our General Operating Budget is funded by United Way Allocations, we receive no Government funding and we have zero debt.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Helena Yarbrough
Company Affiliation Bridgestone Americas
Term Nov 2013 to Nov 2015
Email yarbroughhelena@bfusa.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. John Bailey Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Sallie Bailey LPVoting
Mrs. Agenia Clark Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee
Mr. Ron Corbin
Mr. John Crosslin Crosslin & AssociatesVoting
Ms. Jeanine Denney Heritage Bank & TrustVoting
Ms. Anita Elliott Dollar GeneralVoting
Ms. Lisa Fox Jackson National LifeVoting
Ms. Tina Garcia Mars Petcare USVoting
Mr. LeShane Greenhill Pishon, LLCVoting
Ms. Regina Hambrick Voting
Ms. Kathy Hansen Cracker BarrelVoting
Ms. ReVonda Hawkins UPSVoting
Ms. Beverly Horner Kraft CPAs PLLCVoting
Ms. Kellie Keyes Omni Nashville HotelVoting
Dr. Elizabeth LaRoche Medical Private PracticeVoting
Ms. Sandra Lipman Voting
Ms. Cheryl Mason HCAVoting
Ms. Stephanie McDaniel Voting
Ms. Betty Price Vanderbilt University
Ms. Sharon Roberson American General Life & Accident Insurance CompanyVoting
Ms. Vicki Smith NissanVoting
Mr. Tony Thompson First Tennessee Bank
Ms. Laura Tidwell Nashville Electric ServiceVoting
Ms. Erin Tomlinson
Ms. Laura Anne Turner
Ms. Helena Yarbrough Bridgeston Firestone North American Tire, LLCVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 22
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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 20%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Executive
Finance
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Insurance
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Property in Transit & Off Premises
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Agenia Clark
Term Start Apr 2004
Email aclark@gsmidtn.org
Experience Agenia is a long-time Girl Scout volunteer who served two terms as chair of the Girl Scout board from 1997-2001. She has extensive experience in marketing, sales, government relations and human resources. Agenia is a recipient of the Thanks II Badge, the highest honor bestowed on a Girl Scout volunteer. A 2003 Athena Award nominee, Agenia serves on the boards of Bethlehem Centers of Nashville and The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle. She is an alum of Leadership Nashville, a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, a former member of the Advisory Council for the College of Business at the University of Tennessee, and a former member of the Board of Trustees for Tri-Star/HCA. Agenia holds a bachelors degree in communications and a masters of business administration in marketing from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Kathy Cloninger Feb 1993 - Oct 2003
Ms. Sue Peters Jan 1970 - Dec 1992
Staff
Full Time Staff 44
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 6778
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Oct 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization1926
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2007
Brentwood Chamber of Commerce2006
Nashville Rotary Club2004
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Public Relations Society of AmericaParthenon Certificate of Merit in Nonprofit Communications2005
Mental Health Association of Middle TennesseeIC Hope Award2003
Frist Foundation Award of AchievementFinalist in Innovation in Action2003
Excellence in Volunteer EngagementHands on Nashville / Mayor Karl Dean2012
Best Women's Event - Girl Scouts LuncheonNFocus Magazine2012
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Experience/Biography Pam provides leadership for all finance functions of the councils almost $5 million budget. She oversees human resources; information systems; bookkeeping and payroll; product sales (including a more than $5 million cookie sale); our retail shop and all properties including 9 campsites, a service center and four regional offices. Pam came to Girl Scouts from the Easter Seals Society of Tennessee where her primary focus areas were accounting, human resources, operations, information systems, property management and risk management. Pam graduated from Austin Peay State University with a double major in Accounting and Personnel Management.
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $4,462,359.00
Projected Expenses $4,428,052.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Revenue$4,639,134$4,842,717$4,796,516
Total Expenses$4,476,375$4,558,462$4,219,966
Revenue Less Expenses$162,759$284,255$576,550
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$732,254$827,444$718,185
$0$0$0
$2,895,411$3,624,188$3,630,473
Investment Income, Net of Losses$198,494$201,742$166,071
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$213,730$159,178$107,503
Revenue In-Kind$8,602$7,865$0
Other$29,643$22,300$174,284
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$3,872,146$3,937,875$3,677,936
Administration Expense$182,667$226,678$225,270
Fundraising Expense$421,562$393,909$316,760
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.061.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue45%40%38%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$18,974,012$18,337,438$17,315,158
Current Assets$5,628,441$5,221,652$5,268,566
Long-Term Liabilities$17,042$27,215$22,573
Current Liabilities$367,289$315,170$327,091
Total Net Assets$18,589,681$17,995,053$16,965,494
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.3216.5716.11
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSales of Inventory (Net) $2,831,902Sales of Inventory (Net) $3,077,863Sales of Inventory (Net) $3,078,811
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $740,856Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $827,444Individual Contributions $718,185
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $623,812Program Service Revenue $546,325Program Service Revenue $551,662
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Mar 2015
Organization Comments


GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990.
Financials prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC.
Comments provided by Laurel Fisher 4/17/13.
 
**A portion of this organization's endowment is housed at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
 
Nonprofit Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Inc.
Address 4522 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
Primary Phone (615) 383-0490
Contact Email info@gsmidtn.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Agenia Clark
Board Chair Ms. Helena Yarbrough
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bridgestone Americas
Year of Incorporation 1926
Former Names
Girl Scouts of Cumberland Valley