Humanities Tennessee
807 Main Street
Suite B
Nashville TN 37206
Mission Statement
Humanities Tennessee nurtures the mutual respect and understanding essential to community by enabling Tennesseans to examine and critically reflect upon the narratives, traditions, beliefs, and ideas — as expressed through the arts and letters — that define us as individuals and participants in community life.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Timothy Henderson
Board Chair Ms. Holly Conner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1973
Former Names
Tennessee Humanities Council
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $1,393,904.00
Projected Annual Revenue $1,395,204.00 (2018)
Mission Humanities Tennessee nurtures the mutual respect and understanding essential to community by enabling Tennesseans to examine and critically reflect upon the narratives, traditions, beliefs, and ideas — as expressed through the arts and letters — that define us as individuals and participants in community life.
Humanities Tennessee was incorporated in 1973 as the Tennessee Committee for the Humanities, a state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The mission to “bring the humanities to the public” was supported solely by federal funds at that time. The organization went through several name changes over the decades. In 1985, it became the Tennessee Humanities Council—a name many still remember. In 2000 it took on its current name, Humanities Tennessee. In 2012, long-time president Robert Cheatham retired after more than 35 years of service. Tim Henderson, former director of operations and digital programs, took over the leadership role as executive director.
In its early years, Humanities Tennessee was primarily a re-grant organization, offering funding for humanities projects statewide. No longer solely a grant-making organization, HT now conducts original programming, raises significant non-federal funds, and attempts to engage the public actively in the humanities and to integrate the humanities into community life in Tennessee. Our programs fall into three categories: LITERATURE & LANGUAGE, THE CENTER FOR THE BOOK; HISTORY & CULTURE; and GRANTS & AWARDS. LITERATURE & LANGUAGE, THE CENTER FOR THE BOOK include the annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word℠, the Appalachian and Tennessee Young Writers' Workshops, Letters About Literature, Student Reader Days, Salon@615 (in partnership with the Nashville Public Library and Parnassus Books), NashvilleREADS (in partnership with the Office of the Mayor and Nashville Public Library) and Chapter, the State’s virtual Center for the Book. HISTORY & CULTURE programs include: The Conversations Project, The Media Lending Library, and Water/Ways exhibition. GRANTS & AWARDS are for teachers and community organizations and include The Partnership for Public Humanities, the annual Grant Program, Scholarships for the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference, Cooperative Agreements, and Outstanding Educator Awards.
Impact Humanities Tennessee’s programs and grants respond to a need for dialogue, civility, an understanding of history, and a love of lifelong learning among Tennesseans. Our History & Culture programs, including The Conversations Project and Water/Ways, and the Media Lending Library promote an appreciation of the diverse histories of our state and support community dialogue. Our Literature & Language programs, including the Southern Festival of Books, Young Writers’ Workshops, NashvilleREADS, Salon@615, Letters About Literature, and Student Reader Days, encourage lifelong learning and a love of reading and writing among Tennesseans of all ages. Our digital program,, is the only publication that provides comprehensive coverage of Tennessee’s literary news and events. Our Grants & Awards support humanities educators and community organizations across the state. These programs and more reach an estimated 560,000 Tennesseans per year and help to strengthen Tennessee communities by nurturing mutual respect and understanding.

Humanities Tennessee (HT) accomplished the following in the past year:

Presented the 29th Annual Southern Festival of Books to an audience of more than 25,000 people from across the region in Nashville, Tennessee. The event continues to be free of charge and to present programming for all ages and levels of education and interest.

In 2017, HT received competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for the Southern Festival of Books, and competitive grants from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Artists share their applause for HT, with 95 percent of survey respondents ranking their experience as "excellent" or "good." Many repeat their participation multiple years, showing their satisfaction and commitment.

HT developed the following strategic priorities that remain its focus in 2018 and beyond:

1. Strengthen the internal organization.

2. Diversify funding sources.

3. Expand HT's statewide network of stakeholders.

4. Examine programs in relation to the stated mission and vision.

5. Develop and promoting the HT "brand."

HT Board and staff are committed to overseeing the steps and to funding efforts that fulfill these strategic goals.
Humanities Tennessee's strategic goal and need is to diversify funding and to create sustainable revenue. Donations to support our programming and operations are critical. Needs include:
1. General operating support – Gifts of any size are appreciated. $35+ receive e-newsletter; $500+ receive a copy of an autographed book.
2. Funding to present the Southern Festival of Books (budget is about $575,000). Sponsorship is $1000-$25,000 with benefits relative to the amount.
3. Funding, ongoing, for the Young Writers’ Workshops, Student Reader Days, and the Letters About Literature contest. Scholarships are needed for Workshops—tuition is $650 per youth (need about $15,000). Workshops cost $45,000/portion covered by tuition; Student Reader Days and Letters About Literature costs about $40,000 with part to purchase books for youth.
4. Funding for covers editorial expenses, site maintenance, enhancement, and expansion (about $42,000).
5. The Conversations Project brings scholar-facilitated discussions about relevant and critical topics around the state. To expand this program, HT needs about $50,000.
6. The statewide Water/Ways exhibition and project costs about $15,000 at each site with sponsorship recognition benefits offered at all and individual sites related to the level of support.  
7. HT welcomes volunteer support, particularly for the Festival in October.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Humanities Tennessee encourages anyone to support our work in a number of ways: Volunteering at sponsored events throughout the year, including the Southern Festival of Books every October; Becoming a corporate patron or sponsor; Providing in-kind support; Or making a cash donation by mail, phone, or online. For more information about ways to support the work of Humanities Tennessee around the state, please visit
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Although a significant portion of Humanities Tennessee's programming occurs in Middle Tennessee, we are a statewide organization and focus our efforts on reaching individuals in communities large and small, rural and urban, of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
Board Chair Statement HT has spent the last several years, under the leadership of Tim Henderson, developing and strengthening its infrastructure. This has included focusing on recruiting new board members, targeting diverse candidates and making deeper connections within communities throughout the State to raise more money and to increase our program reach. To date, these goals are being met and HT is reaching newer and broader audiences as well as raising more money from additional sources.

The greatest challenge faced by HT is our dependence on funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. To date, HT has begun identifying new funding sources, cultivating these relationships and working to secure new and increased revenue. The work is ongoing but paying off.

Generally, HT's programs are well received by local, regional and national audiences. The majority of HT's programs are free to the public and are located in ADA and public transportation-accessible facilities in communities around the state. is innovative and proving to be ahead of the curve in the literary field. Other Humanities councils around the country as well as other publications have begun exploring and developing online literary resources for their state and readership. 

The Southern Festival of Books is one of HT's most popular programs and continues to draw authors from across the country who participate to promote their literary works to the southern regional audience that attends. Many of our authors attend, requesting only a travel reimbursement, knowing the great value and prestige for being a part of the Festival each year. 

The Board is strong and is supporting HT and its staff at 100% with financial gifts and volunteer participation. We believe in the work of HT and support the staff who are equally dedicated with gifts of support and time and energy exerted to develop and implement programming. I am honored to be a part of the HT Board and to serve as Chair. 
CEO Statement Humanities Tennessee is the only statewide organization in Tennessee that focuses on promoting, supporting, and celebrating the humanities. We do so through history, language, and literature programming and runs deep throughout our state into cities, communities, and neighborhoods.

HT thrives on partnerships and collaboration and enjoys longstanding relationships with the Nashville Public Library, other libraries in Tennessee, Tennessee Public Schools, Parnassus Books, the Nashville Scene and other publications throughout the state that reprint articles from and promote the Festival each year, Vanderbilt University's Robert Penn Warren Center, and many others. These partners connect us to new audiences and support our programming financially and with other resources.

We continue to evaluate our programming for effectiveness, responsiveness, relevance, and need through surveys and other feedback and make adjustments as required. Overall, our programs are well received and gaining popularity, support and momentum among audiences throughout the State. We are grateful for our community partnerships and to the citizens of Tennessee for participating.

The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word is among the oldest literary festivals in the country, annually welcoming approximately 250 authors and 25,000 visitors each October. The Festival is free, and includes three performance stages and more than 60 publishers and booksellers.

Each author on the program offers a solo reading/talk or takes part in a panel discussion, followed by book signing. Parnassus Books of Nashville is our onsite bookseller. Recent participants include: Geraldine Brooks, Pat Conroy, Kevin Henkes, Greg Iles, Emily St. John Mandel, Ayanna Mathis, Ann Patchett, and Paul Theroux, among many others. Festival information is available on the website at:, on iphone or android apps at: sofestofbooks, on Facebook as Southern Festival of Books, and on Twitter and Instagram as: sofestofbooks.

The Festival’s outdoor component includes three performance stages. The Artober stage is a partnership with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission’s annual Artober celebration, and features dance, theatre and spoken word performance. The Music Stage features a diverse lineup of the amazing singers and songwriters for which the city of Nashville is known. The Children’s Stage features musicians, storytellers, authors, crafts and celebrations of classic children’s books. We are also pleased to welcome a number of Nashville’s finest food trucks annually, making the Festival plaza an ideal destination for all ages.
Budget 575000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Short Term Success

The Festival strives to:

1. Bring together more than 250 authors, other literary talent, and scholars from across the state of Tennessee and country to introduce and share their works with some 25,000 Tennesseans each year. Authors represent diverse genres, and the goal is to have anyone be able to come to this free event and discover an old favorite or find a new one.

2. Reach out to and engage new and broader audiences in Tennessee in humanities programming.

Long term Success

Humanities Tennessee has the following goals for the Festival:

Engage Tennesseans in meaningful programming and discussions that promote civil discourse in a supportive and open environment.

HT works to promote a joy of reading and writing as well as an appreciation for the art that each author, illustrator or other literary artist delivers.

Program Success Monitored By

Humanities Tennessee uses visitor comment boxes, online comment options, and surveys distributed to attendees and participating authors, vendors, etc. to gauge its impact with the Festival on the variety of audiences that are reached.

Examples of Program Success

Artists share their applause for the Festival. Testimonials from authors include:

From Ta-Nehisi Coates:

"I am from New York. No one applauds authors in New York. I can't think of another time when I saw the work of writing more appreciated than at this festival."

From Jess Walter:

"As I say, wonderful location, friendly staff, a tremendous dinner the night before--well-planned, well-organized and well-attended, it ranks among my favorite book festivals ever."

From Geraldine Brooks:

Friendly, obviously embraced by the community, and Nashville such a great city--invite me again, please!


YWP comprises 2 residential writing workshops for students taught by a faculty of published authors, and include evening activities with writers and musicians: Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (AYWW) for grades 7-12 at Lincoln Memorial U. and TN Young Writers' Workshop (TYWW) for grades 8–12 at Cumberland U. Students present their works at the Southern Festival of Books and HT publishes an anthology. 

The Letters about Literature national contest encourages students in grades 4–12 to think critically. About 1,500 students read an author's book and write reflectively a letter to the author. Top winners are judged nationally--TN had 3 national winners, and numerous honorable mentions.

Student Reader Days bring young readers and writers together with the goal of offering good literature, critical thinking, and discussion opportunities to TN school classrooms. Authors present to a class with ~3,000 children participating annually. All receive a free book by their visiting author.
Budget 85000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short Term Success Students participating in the young writers' programming gain a better understanding of books, authors and the art of writing. They learn that books and reading are fun, accessible, and come in all genres to fit different interests. Writing programs enable the youth participating to hone their craft in a safe and supportive environment and give them the tools to develop their skills further. The specific act of having a student read a book, hear the author talk, and then meet the author and have his or her book signed is a meaningful one for young readers, making the profession of writer more accessible.
Long term Success

Long-term success is defined by youth growing in appreciation for and understanding of the humanities, specifically reading and writing, and its role in their lives. For the workshops, students leave having developed year-round educational and general development support systems, established between student-writers, authors, college professors, and HT staff.

Students report that the workshops are life-changing and often inspire them to pursue a career or push their talent-development further in writing. These students often come to the workshop shy and nervous to share their talent and end with a confident stage performance or recital to an audience of peers, professionals, and others who are interested in seeing them succeed.

All youth literary programming supports the development of reading and writing among youth and exposes them to resources to continued personal development.

Program Success Monitored By

HT uses surveys and comments sheets to collect feedback from participants in programming. These comments are reviewed by HT staff and program changes are made as necessary.

Examples of Program Success

Comments from past participants in youth programs include:

“Thank you for organizing the event and making it happen for our students. I really can't describe how excited the students and teachers have been since. That is all they will talk about! Several people have already come in and asked to read the book! It's awesome. We've never had the pleasure of hosting such an amazing event (so all of the teachers have told me) and now they all want to do more! Seriously--I've had close to 15 teachers tell me it was the best thing they've ever seen happen for students (in any school they've worked in).”

The Partnership for Public Humanities provides support to nonprofits to plan and implement public humanities projects. Organizations might use the PPH to grow programmatically, leading to new ideas and more knowledgeable, reflective audiences. The PPH program plan allows the members of a nonprofit to focus collectively on a set of program goals and implement events one by one, with access to necessary resources.

Examples of programs supported by the PPH include:

The Nashville women's history Bootcamp at Oz Arts. Part of the March to the 19th initiative commemorating the amendment granting women the right to vote. March to the 19th Bootcamps--a statewide series of professional development and women's history workshops--kicked off in Nashville. Three additional Bootcamps were scheduled throughout the year in other cities.

The Tom & OE Stigall Museum in Humboldt hosted author John F. Baker, Jr., for a lecture in conjunction with "Slaves & Slaveholders of Wessyngton Plantation," which was on view at the museum. Baker authored a book on the subject of his ancestors, who were slaves at Wessyngton in Robertson County, Tennessee.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,

This program includes small grants for general, community-generated humanities projects which are awarded annually in the summer, the Awards of Recognition for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities, and the Scholarship for TN Assoc. of Museums Conference (TAM). The small grant competition supports ambitious public humanities projects of accomplished, professional organizations. The awards program is an annually acknowledges excellence in grades 3–12 humanities education with fellowships recipients and their schools. Scholarships for TAM are available to volunteers of small or emerging organizations without paid professional staff. In 13 years, 251 people from 104 TN organizations have attended on this scholarship.

Since 1985, Humanities Tennessee has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to Tennessee teachers and schools through the Outstanding Educator Awards to Tennessee educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching the humanities, thus making the humanities an important part of their students' lives. The 2017 Outstanding Educator Awards went to: Connie Lopez-Fink 5th grade Social Studies, University School of Nashville;  Julie Golden, Spanish, Oak Ridge High School; Benjamin Fowler, English-Theatrical Literature/Performance, Oak Ridge High School; Scot Smith, Library-Media, Robertsville Middle School; Charles Elston, General Music, Dickson Middle School; and Rachel Turner, Economics, Government, and History, Hamilton County High School.

Budget 187025
Population Served Adults, ,
Description is a literary website dedicated to reviewing and sharing the work of Tennessee writers, and to covering literary events happening across the state. The site was founded in 2009 by Humanities Tennessee as a response to the sharp decline in media coverage with the shutting down of book pages at newspapers statewide. The site is the only one exclusively dedicated to the literary life of the state, and has partnerships to provide book-related content to the Nashville Scene, Memphis Commercial Appeal, and Knoxville News Sentinel. These vital partnerships allow newspapers to cover local authors and events, providing critical publicity and helping to maintain the visibility of the active literary community in the state. has interviewed everyone from Loretta Lynn to David Sedaris, and occasionally offers advance looks at works in progress by Tennessee writers, including Alan Lightman and Ann Patchett.

The site posts fresh content every weekday: review of new books, author interviews, essays, and poetry. A weekly newsletter is available, and the site is Chapter16 on Facebook and Twitter.

Budget 84,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Literature
Population Served Adults, Families,
Short Term Success HT will update content about literature on a regular basis to attract and retain a readership among visitors to the website. HT will maintain and look to expand its print partnerships around the state to bring more content to communities as well as to drive more visitors to the site.
Long term Success HT strives to expand the virtual Center for the Book, making books, authors, literary content and events accessible to anyone, anytime with new information updated on a regular basis. This will lead to a more well-read and curious community.
Program Success Monitored By HT tracks the number of unique and returning visitors to the site.
Humanities Tennessee brings Community History Programs to Tennessee communities small and large, rural and urban, and representing all ages throughout the year. These include: The Conversation Project which provides free, ninety-minute discussions based on brief text excerpts and guided by a scholar, encouraging participants to reflect on the outcomes of social divisions and their significance to current civic affairs.
The Media Lending Library consists of documentaries addressing a broad range of topics on Southern history and culture available to Tennessee nonprofits and schools for free public or classroom screenings. Program Sponsorships for Tennessee History Day and the Children's Festival of Reading provide continuing support to ongoing efforts in humanities education across the state.
Water|Ways is a traveling exhibit that explores the relationship between human beings and water. The exhibit, part of the Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Main Street program, tours select Tennessee State Parks.
Budget 50000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural Heritage
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success
Bring people together people of like and different viewpoints to discuss current events and topics, with facilitation by scholars.
Provide a safe environment for civil discourse and exchange of ideas.
Long term Success
Promote civil discourse and respect of different opinions and understanding.
Create a more civil environment throughout neighborhoods in Tennessee.
Program Success Monitored By HT staff collect surveys and feedback from participants to understand other topics that should be presented as well as to know what is working and how people are impacted by the programming.

Humanities Tennessee co-founded the Salon@615 series in 2011 as a response to the closing of Nashville’s independent bookstore, Davis-Kidd Booksellers. As the primary center for author events throughout the year, Salon@615 endeavored to keep Nashville drawing diverse authors through free public events at the Nashville Public Library. The series features approximately 24 authors annually. Recent participants include: Richard Ford, Elizabeth Gilbert, Carl Hiaasen, Jon Meacham, and Amy Tan, among many others.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults, ,

 HT is a founding partner on the NashvilleREADS program, which annually encourages a community-wide read and discussion of a particular book, to include an opening or closing event with the author. NashvilleREADS engages diverse groups across the city for discussions, art projects, film showings and creative events to celebrate particular books. The 2018 NashvilleREADS selection is “The Potlikker Papers" by John T. Edge.

Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Literature
Population Served , ,

The Conversation Project provides a selection of topics available for 90-minute discussions based on a brief audio, visual and/or text excerpts and guided by a scholar/facilitator. Each of our topics encourages participants to reflect on divisive issues—such as race and ethnic relations—within the US over time, and to consider the significance of these issues to our current civic affairs.

By engaging Tennesseans in collective reflection and conversation, the Conversation Project results in mutual understanding and respect among Tennesseans across points of division. Communities and nonprofits utilize these Conversations in many different ways. Any not-for-profit organization or high school in Tennessee is eligible to host a conversation. Humanities Tennessee covers the cost of the scholar/facilitator's honorarium and travel expenses.

Topics include: Dred Scott and the Origins of American Citizenship, From Plessy to Brown: Resolving the Promise of Equal Protection under the Law, Muslims in Community Life, Region, Race, and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War, Routes to Roots: Stories of New Americans, The Emancipation Proclamation, James Baldwin and the 21st Century: Reflecting on Equality, Unpacking the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Warriors in the Workforce: From Combat to the Job Market.



Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Media & Communications
Population Served Adults, At-Risk Populations, Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
CEO Comments Humanities Tennessee serves some 560,000 people of all ages each year in our state. We focus on rural and urban communities alike with these programs. Most of our programs are free of charge with the exception of our residential writers' workshops which have scholarships to help students who wish to participate to afford the opportunity. We welcome support at all levels and have wonderful programs and events all year long to engage donors and those who are interested in getting involved with support.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Holly Conner
Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Term Aug 2016 to Aug 2018
Board Members
Ms. Lynn Alexander The University of Tennessee, MartinVoting
Mr. Sammie Arnold State of TennesseeVoting
Ms. Patsy Carson RetiredVoting
Mr. Daryl Carter East Tennessee State UniversityVoting
Mary Pom Claiborne Knoxille, TNVoting
Ms. Holly Conner Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Carmen Davis Blue Cross Blue ShieldVoting
Mr. Jim Dodson Jefferson High SchoolVoting
Mr. Donald Fann High School TeacherVoting
Ms. Joy Fulkerson East Tennessee State UniversityVoting
Ms. Courtney Ginn Nashville, TN Voting
Carol Harris Dyersburg, TN Voting
Mr. Michael Knight The University of TennesseeVoting
Mr. Randy Mackin Middle Tennessee State UniversityVoting
James McKissic Linden, TNVoting
Emily Mitchell Nashville, TN Voting
Mr. Scott Newstok Rhodes CollegeVoting
Dr. Shawn Pitts Selmer ChiropractorVoting
Gabe Roberts Nashville, TN Voting
Ms. Jennifer Wheatley Voting
Ms. Karen E. Williams Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
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 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments HT is ongoing working to recruit new board members from across the state who represent the humanities and/or have a passion for supporting it. The Governor appoints a percentage of the HT board, drawing in talent, experience, and connections from across the state to serve this nonprofit.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Timothy Henderson
Term Start Jan 2013
Experience Timothy (Tim) Henderson has been with the organization since 1998, serving as the director of digital programs and director of operations before taking on his current role. Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and masters’ degrees in English and information science from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee Knoxville respectively.
Former CEOs
Mr. Robert Cheatham Jan 1979 - Jan 2013
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 400
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 85%
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? Jan 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Senior Staff
Title Director of Literature and Language Programs
Experience/Biography Serenity Gerbman received a BS in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. She served as editor of the student newspaper, Sidelines. Prior to working at Humanities Tennessee, she served as sports editor for The Review Appeal and Brentwood Journal in Franklin, Tennessee. In 1991, while a lifestyles writer for the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, she received the Malcolm Law Award for Feature Writing from the Tennessee Press Association. Serenity is director of our Literature and Language Programs and the Southern Festival of Books.
Title Director, Tennessee Community History Program
Title Executive Director
CEO Comments Humanities Tennessee has had longevity in staffing - low turn over and a strong dedicated work force.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $1,395,204.00
Projected Expenses $1,393,904.00
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue$1,315,773$1,134,834$1,062,675
Total Expenses$1,185,545$1,140,174$1,063,409
Revenue Less Expenses$130,228($5,340)($734)
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,091,435$842,167$801,869
Individual Contributions$81,789$160,351$30,130
Investment Income, Net of Losses$510$1,051$6,330
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$87,482$83,375$95,865
Revenue In-Kind$10,763$7,396$1,889
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$924,273$935,364$864,738
Administration Expense$162,387$97,455$106,758
Fundraising Expense$98,885$107,355$91,913
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%82%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%10%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$528,471$349,370$301,822
Current Assets$253,681$214,556$205,462
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$286,730$241,499$184,153
Total Net Assets$241,741$107,871$117,669
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.880.891.12
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $1,091,435Government Grants $842,167Federal, State, and Local Awards $735,269
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $87,482Contributions, Gifts and Grants $842,167Fundraising Events $95,865
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $81,789Fundraising Events $83,375Federal, State, and Local Awards $81,600
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 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Permit
Organization Comments Humanities Tennessee is a fiscally conservative organization that is working to diversify its funding base of support to include more individual, private and corporate foundation, corporate sponsorship and other support to ensure sustainability. We are also advocating for continued support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Arts to be able to continue to build on our programs that impact Tennesseans of all ages and backgrounds. We welcome support from the general community and inquiries about how you might be able to participate in our programs and supporting our efforts around the state. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Financial documents prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC. 
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 11/1/17.
Nonprofit Humanities Tennessee
Address 807 Main Street
Suite B
Nashville, TN 37206
Primary Phone (615) 770-0006
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Timothy Henderson
Board Chair Ms. Holly Conner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1973
Former Names
Tennessee Humanities Council

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