STARS Nashville
1704 Charlotte Avenue
Suite 200
Nashville TN 37203
Mission Statement

STARS exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services, addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and other social and emotional barriers to success.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rodger Dinwiddie
Board Chair Ms. Sperry Bell Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation ABF Freight System
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Center for Youth Issues, INC.
Project 714
Students Staying Straight
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $3,390,931.00
Projected Annual Revenue $3,238,365.00 (2015)

STARS exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services, addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and other social and emotional barriers to success.


Founded in 1984, STARS was originally known as Students Staying Straight and affiliated with the National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI), the founding national organization located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 1988 the name was changed to STARS, a program of Center for Youth Issues-Nashville, Inc.(CYIN) and has since expanded to multiple counties throughout the Middle Tennessee region. In April 2007 after recent mergers with Kids on the Block and another Student Assistance Program of the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, CYIN was dropped and we became STARS Nashville. STARS developed its programmatic approaches on the basis of the best available research in the field of substance abuse prevention/intervention. Original services included; individual student counseling, small groups focusing on students impacted by substance abuse, their own or family members, students who had participated in inpatient treatment and those who desired to remain abstinent. Training for school personnel was a significant focus of the program. The services of STARS were defined as Student Assistance Program services to be consistent with the best practices in the field of chemical dependency for youth. Through several strategic planning processes, STARS revised the mission statement and governing goals/ objectives to address changes in the educational environment and youth culture. While STARS was a single focus student assistance program in its early years, the services are now referred to as “broad-brush.” Services now address student disruptive/violent behavior, school failure, repeated suspensions, bullying prevention, dating violence prevention and student leadership. STARS is also known as one of the leading providers of violence prevention/bullying/ harassment/ training for schools/ community organizations in the United States. In 1986 our goals were largely quantitative. These goals included projections of how many students/teachers would be served, the cost per school of providing services, and a budget, which would help guide the financial management of the organization. Today, the goals reflect both qualitative and quantitative outcomes and include a focus on collaborations to maximize program effectiveness in the community. In 9 counties, over 60 school and community sites, STARS serves over 100,000 students. In 2009, STARS, along with Oasis Center, opened the Youth Opportunity Center - home to 9 youth-focused agencies all working together to share space and integrate services and thus begin to close the opportunity gap that exists for youth in our community. In 2011, with the dissolution of the Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee, STARS strategically adopted three of their existing programs: Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA), Deaf & Hard of Hearing Prevention, and Recovery Support Services. STARS is now a licensed drug and alcohol substance abuse treatment facility recognized by the State of Tennessee.



The Student Assistance Program of STARS is recognized by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Association as an evidence-based practice. Our SAP is only one of three evidence-based intervention practices listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (NREPP).  STARS services have produced consistent outcomes to include increased school attendance, improved grades, increased youth attachment to school and community, increased individual resilience and reduced suspensions, expulsions, bullying, violence, delinquency and alcohol and other drug use.    In 2011 STARS officially adopted three programs of the former Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee: Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA), Deaf & Hard of Hearing Prevention Program, and Recovery Support Services.  2013:  1.  Implemented and delivered services and programs promoting healthy youth development in response to community needs. 2.  Provided support and awareness for children of Fort Campbell soldiers returning from or departing for tours of duty through our COPING WITH CRISIS program.  3.  STARS was listed by the Tennessean as one of the 25 best places to work. 4.  YODA, due to their excellence treatment service, outgrew their space and will be moving into a larger space exclusive for their use. Top Goals for 2014: 1.  STARS has launched, with the help of Lelan Statom, News Channel 5, Colin Wilson of the Predators, and Bee Attitudes, a BEE a Friend Campaign.  This campaign began as a wonderful idea of two Gra-Mar Middle School Students.  They believe that being a friend to someone, especially someone who has few friends, can be life changing.  STARS is creating a public service /membership program where adults and youth can commit to being a friend for a year, with the lope of a lifetime…”Changing the work one friend at a time.” This program will help combat bullying by promoting compassion and kindness. 2.  STARS and Belmont University have partnered to the Mid-South presenters for PeaceJam.  PeaceJam is youth and Nobel Peace Laureates working together to change the world.  The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody.  Three to four hundred youth from all over the U.S. will be attending the event on Belmont’s campus, at least 200 or more from our local SAP programs! 3. This year is STARS 30th birthday!  4.  STARS was selected to serve as a lead agency by the Tennessee Department of Education for the Safe & Supportive Schools (S3) grant.  STARS is presenting Youth Engagement Summits throughout the entire state helping high school and middle school youth learn how to engage in their schools to positively impact school climate using each school’s Safe and Supportive Schools climate survey as a baseline. These have proven to be very beneficial to students and adults as they strive to work as a team, maybe for the first time, to improve their school climate.

1. We always need dedicated individuals who will tell others about us; tell both those who need our services and those who would like to donate to help provide these services.
2..  We need consistent gifts, of even small amounts such as $10-$20 monthly.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Due to the confidential nature of our services, we do not use volunteers for service related needs. However more than 300 active volunteers serve STARS through various roles. School faculty core team membership numbers approximate 250; STARS Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 35 members; approximately 10 volunteers help at the Annual Golf Tournament; and numerous college students and parents volunteer for events.  It is impossible to keep track of the hundreds of parents who volunteer in their children’s schools with numerous activities. Volunteers also help with our annual fundraising events including a golf tournament and a benefit concert with art auction.  Also, we can always use monetary donations, of even small amounts, which can be sent via designation to local United Ways or on Giving Matters, Network for Good, on our website, by direct check, or by credit card by phone. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Tertiary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cheatham
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 - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee

Our services and trainings are made available across Middle Tennessee, East Tennessee, West Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland Plateau and the rural and suburban communities surrounding these areas.

Board Chair Statement
Comment from 2014 Board Chair forthcoming.
CEO Statement
Comment from CEO, Rodger Dinwiddie forthcoming.
STARS provides many levels of student prevention services, including universal prevention aimed at broad student populations, selective and indicated services targeted for at-risk students, & indicated for students already engaged in substance use and/or violence. Based on 2010-2011 reports from 53 schools in 8 counties, Specialists received & evaluated 8,100 referrals; completed 7,715 individual counseling sessions, 2,612 group sessions; attended to 1,940 crisis episodes; gave 2,101 prevention presentations reaching a total of 171,237 students (count may reflect duplicates as some may have participated in multiple presentations); facilitated 2,124 service learning projects; facilitated 1,418 parent/student and 597 peer mediation sessions; and facilitated 657 CORE Team meetings consisting of facutly, staff, counselors and administrators.
Budget 2,070,764
Population Served , ,
Description The mission of the Kids on the Block is to educate children, as well as the broader community, about health and social concerns that affect their lives. Using puppets and other teaching tools, the Kids on the Block promote understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences. The programs address psychosocial problems such as prejudice prevention, bullying prevention, learning differences, child abuse, social and interpersonal problems, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. KOB programs target children kindergarten through 6th grade throughout Middle TN. In 2010-2011, KOB performed 468 presentations in 9 middle Tennessee counties reaching over 34,907 young students.
Budget 268,312
Population Served , Adults,
Nationally recognized, STARS' Executive Director, Rodger Dinwiddie, trains entire school districts and systems in the areas of substance abuse, violence and bullying prevention and intervention, as well as Student Assistance Program implementation. STARS has staff who have been professionally trained in the evidence-based Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Mr. Dinwiddie, a certified master level trained national expert in the program, provides support and consultation to schools across the country.
The goal of this program is to engage student athletes and leaders to address the common issues schools experience through bullying, harassment, racism, violence and other social pressures that contribute to negative school climate and school culture.
Our annual Joe M. Rodger Youth Leadership Retreat features our MOVE 2 STAND bystander bullying training which empower student athletes and leadership to stang up against bullying.
Budget 151,792
Population Served Adults, ,
STARS has begun clinical services for youth ages 13-22 under the Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA) program that provides case management, intensive outpatient groups and individual counseling services for uninsured youth with substance abuse problems and their families. The participants of the YODA program include
  • Youth who have substance abuse problems and:
  • Youth who are uninsured or have exhausted their insurance benefits for treatment
  • Youth who may be in DCS custody
  • Youth who may have juvenile probationers
  • Youth who have been court ordered to complete IOP treatment or assessment 

    Recovery Support Services

    Includes services for parents participating in the Family Treatment Court under Magistrate Alan Calhoun. In addition to case management and individual counseling for participants, STARS offers the only known “in the courtroom” support group for women who are seeking to gain custody of their children.  

  •  Life Management Group: This group meets on Wednesday nights to offer support for clients who have completed treatment or are in recovery, but still need support and education on issues relevant to people with past substance abuse issues. A primary focus of this group is relapse prevention.



Population Served , ,

Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are designed to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs among deaf and hard of hearing individuals, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Students who are deaf or hard of hearing are naturally at higher risk for drug and alcohol abuse because of their increased difficulties with learning, communicating, isolation, depression, and family connection. One out of ten hearing people may become dependent on drugs and alcohol, whereas one out of seven  individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may become dependent.

Weekly classes are offered in Davidson County Metro schools K-8 classrooms designed for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Classes are taught using American Sign Language and are presented in a visual format so that the students can easily understand the information. Along with offering information on alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, other topics include: self-esteem, conflict resolution, anger management, and problem solving.

Family Work

STARS offers in-home services that work one-on-one with the families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Services focus on teaching the families American Sign Language and offering any additional support needed whether it be counseling, resources, or educational support.

Statistics show that eighty percent (80%) of children who are deaf or hard of hearing are born to parents who can hear, and only twenty-three percent (23%) of those parents learn to communicate through American Sign Language.

After-School Programs

STARS offers services at two after-school programs:

Bridges-Mary McKinney Youth Center (

Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church (www.

The after-school programs are for students K-12 who are deaf or hard of hearing and offer services such as educational tutoring,  life skills, and constructive recreation.

Population Served , ,
CEO Comments STARS is referred to as a student assistance program, based on the effective practice of employee assistance programs for businesses. STARS is a member of the National Student Assistance Association (NSAA), an association of thousands of Student Assistance Programs across the United States who are concerned about the problems of student substance abuse, violence and academic under achievement. The Association has certain criteria and components which must exist in order for a SAP to be deemed effective in its implementation. There are 9 components. Several are highlighted: • Internal Referral Process and Case Management – ability to identify, refer students and serve students with academic and social concerns through a multidisciplinary problem solving and case management team. • Student Support Groups – ability to provide information, support and problem solving skills to students • Cooperation and Referral with Community Agencies and Program Evaluation STARS Nashville is rigorously evaluated by outside evaluator, Evaluation Design. Of special interest to the public is the following March 25, 2003 statement from the National Registry of Effective Programs, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) panel reviewers included the following statement in their commentary about STARS Nashville: “The evaluation data indicate that the program is effective in reducing suspensions, improving attendance, improving grades, and preventing dropping out of school. The majority of school personnel agree that STARS is helping their students, that STARS is a positive influence in their school, and recommend STARS as a way for students to get help.”
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Sperry Bell Stadler
Company Affiliation ABF Freight System
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2014
Board Members
Mr. J. Robin Barrick Smith Seckman ReidVoting
Ms. Edie Bass Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. James C Bradshaw Wyatt Tarrant CombsVoting
Ms. Daphne Butler Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Karla Calderon Kirkland'sVoting
Mr. Mike Coupe Place of HopeVoting
Mrs. Beth Cox Sumner County Board of EducationVoting
Mr. Kevin Dyson Voting
Mr. Bryan Edwards Hughes-Edwards BuildersVoting
Mr. Hilton B. (Buck) Forcum Grubb & Ellis/CentennialVoting
Mr. LeShane Greenhill Pishon ConsultingVoting
Ms. Patricia Hart Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Christina Hodge DellVoting
Mr. Orrin H. Ingram Ingram IndustriesVoting
Mr. William (Tinker) Kelly VEBAVoting
Ms. Paige Kisber Hospital Alliance of TennesseeVoting
Mrs. Mary C. LaGrone Voting
Mr. Darwin Mason Cohn Adult High School-ALCVoting
Mr. Derrick Mason Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Candice McQueen Ph.D.Lipscomb University
Mr. Brackney J. Reed Gresham, Smith & PartnersVoting
Dr. Arliss L. Roaden EducationVoting
Mr. John R. Robinson EntrepreneurVoting
Ms. Sabrina Ruderer Voting
Mr. Bill Rutherford Voting
Mr. Christopher Sabis U.S. Attorney's Office for Middle District of TN>Voting
Mr. Mark Seaton Kraft CPAs PLLCVoting
Mr. Julius Siegrist Eller & OlsenVoting
Ms. Christina T. Smith Merrill LynchVoting
Mr. Doug Smith UPSVoting
Mrs. Tricia Spehr Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Sperry Stadler ABF FreightersVoting
Dr. Sammy Swor EducationVoting
Dr. Bernard Turner Belmont UniversityVoting
Mrs. Lori Warrix Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Jillian Waters C3 Consulting, LLCVoting
Mr. Richard Winstead Crosslin, Vaden & AssociatesVoting
Mr. Luther M. Wright Jr.Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 31
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 23
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 43%
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 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments STARS was established by a local regional committee in 1984, as a result of its affiliation with the national program, the Center for Youth Issues, Inc. located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. While the Regional Committee was structured as a board its establishment as a committee was due in part to the affiliation with other sites around the United States. Shortly afterward the committee became the local Board of Directors of the Program in the Middle Tennessee area. Currently, the STARS Board is a policy board. The Board is a group of individuals representative of the communities STARS serves. Primary responsibilities for the day to day operation are delegated to the CEO and the Chief Operations Officer, Chief Finance Office, Chief Development Officer, VP of  Youth Development, Program Director and Staff. The STARS Board utilizes an active committee structure with the primary oversight delegated to the Executive Committee, which meets monthly or more often as necessary, and consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Development & Marketing and Social Enterprise. Additional committees are Nominating, Finance and  Program. Within each committee there are specific tasks and responsibilities that are related to the goals of the organization's strategic plan.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Rodger Dinwiddie
Term Start Oct 1986
Experience  Rodger Dinwiddie is the Chief Executive Officer of Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS-Nashville), in Nashville Tennessee. He has served as the Executive Director since 1986. 

Prior to joining STARS, Rodger served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization working with juvenile court referrals. He also was a classroom teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 7 years. During his tenure at STARS he has provided numerous school and community based prevention and intervention trainings and consultation services to schools and school systems throughout the United States. He is the co-author of the training seminar Anger, Violence, and You and has been providing Respect & Protect and No-Bullying training for Hazelden since 1995. He is a certified lead trainer for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, and serves as the Tennessee State Olweus Coordinator.

As Past President of the National Student Assistance Association, Rodger continues to serve on the Board of Directors and is currently a member of numerous local and state organizations dedicated to prevention and intervention. Rodger is active in the Middle Tennessee area as a Rotarian, has served as a member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Citizens Panel For a Community Report Card on Education (Metro Public Schools) and has been one of the three honorees as not for profit CEO of the Year in Nashville, Tennessee, an award given by The Frist Foundation and the Center for Not for Profit Management. During his tenure STARS has been the recipient of many awards, including the Making A Difference given by the Frist Foundation, and most recently as a recipient of the Frist Center’s Innovation in Action Award for his role in the development of the Youth Opportunity Center, a collaborative venture between Oasis Center and STARS Nashville, housing 12 not for profit organizations dedicated to youth services in Nashville. Rodger has also served as one of the founders and developers of the Tennessee Yes2Kids Conference for youth caregivers and has been its co chair since 2000.

Rodger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from George Peabody College and his M.Ed. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University. 

Experience T
Former CEOs
Mr. Charlie Newman Jan 1985 - Jan 1986
Full Time Staff 48
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 300
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 90%
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? Sept 2011
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
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2001
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2000
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2004
Nashville Prevention Partnership2001
National Student Assistance Association1988
Metro Nashville Public Schools/Chamber of Commerce Alignment Process2002
Alignment Nashville2003
Nashville Youth Alliance2002
Society for Human Resource Management2005
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1996
Nashville Rotary Club2001
Finalist, Not for Profit CEO of the Year AwardBank of America2003
Making a Difference AwardCenter for Not For Profit Management2001
Board Member Patricia and Rodes Hart - Outstanding Philanthropist of the YearNashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Executives2001
2001 Fundraising Award for Newsletter of the YearAssociation of Fundraising Professionals2001
NPP Drug Free Community Award - Best Practices AwardNashville Prevention Partnership2001
Frist Foundation's INNOVATION IN ACTION AWARDCenter For Nonprofit Managements2009
Baptist Healing Trust Compassionate Care AwardSalute To Excellence2011
Top Work PlacesThe Tennessean2013
Top Work PlacesThe Tennessean2014
Top Work Places--Meaningfulness AwardThe Tennessean2014
Senior Staff
Title Director of Business Operations
Experience/Biography Cynthia Whetstone, Director of Business Operations has been with STARS since 1998. Prior to STARS she served as a Senior Financial Analyst to Dana Corporation for 7 years, and previous to that served 4 years in public accounting. She is a CPA and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants. BS Accounting/ Business Administration from Trevecca University.
Title Associate Exec. Director for Prevention
Title Director of Human Resources

 Teresa has been the HR Director for STARS Nashville since 2005. She has served in human resources leadership since 1983 and is a certified professional in human resource management (PHR) through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).   She received her Bachelor's degree in Human Relations and her Master's degree in Business from Trevecca University.

Title Director of Development
Title Program Director of Kids On The Block
Title Program Director
Title Clinical Director
Title Program Director-Services for Students who are Deaf or HOH
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $3,238,365.00
Projected Expenses $3,390,931.00
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$2,958,287$3,249,557$2,653,292
Total Expenses$2,985,649$3,071,030$2,759,494
Revenue Less Expenses($27,362)$178,527($106,202)
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
Government Contributions$606,546$636,082$495,659
Individual Contributions$150,644$409,459$494,690
Investment Income, Net of Losses$36,328$46,994$30,335
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$154,801$135,198$193,110
Revenue In-Kind$6,735$1,887$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$2,437,369$2,521,035$2,194,447
Administration Expense$320,955$336,012$381,952
Fundraising Expense$227,325$213,983$183,095
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.060.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%82%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%9%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$5,531,656$5,574,169$5,581,459
Current Assets$2,113,268$1,980,158$1,042,775
Long-Term Liabilities$7,085$20,643$20,162
Current Liabilities$233,031$253,972$429,857
Total Net Assets$5,291,540$5,272,554$5,131,440
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.077.802.43
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $825,481Program Service Revenue $757,722Program Service Revenue $878,850
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederated Campaigns (United Way) $704,636Government Grants $636,082Federated Campaigns $582,677
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $606,546United Way Contributions $616,201Government Grants $495,659
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 Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2014
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations 2014
Organization Comments

Public Funding:We have cultivated additional relationships with different departments within Metro Schools for services. While funding opportunities are limited within the public sector for services geared toward social, emotional competencies, there will be several chances to secure some dollars for the next academic year. In addition, the State of Tennessee, through the new School Climate Center, will have a partnership with MNPS and it is our hope that this will provide opportunity for new funding streams.

Because of the limited grant opportunities, the Board and Staff are vigorously pursuing all possible opportunities for funding. We have increased revenues generated by our three main fund raising events. We have begun the process of establishing an alumni association which we believe will provide new revenues. We have several proposals being submitted in the next few months to serve multiple sites in MNPS with violence and bullying prevention services.

Sumner County Schools faces formidable challenges next year in public funding. Several grants are rolling off. At this point the Federal Department of Education has not released new funding streams for which they or we (STARS) may apply. We will explore additional federal funding streams through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. In addition, the State of Tennessee, through the new School Climate Center, will also partner with Sumner County and it is our hope that this will provide opportunity for new funding streams. Presentations have already been established with the City of Hendersonville, one of the key funders and supporters of STARS SAP services in the community. We have also begun the process of establishing an alumni association which we believe will provide new revenues

Kids on the Block:We have steadily increased the fees for service for KOB presentations and have seen this produce a new revenue stream to supplement the cost of the programs in schools. These funds have been generated at the school building level.  To increase the possibility of additional funding, we have spent the last year improving and increasing data collection processes as well as shifting the measure toward more focused outcomes.  And, we are also in the infancy stages of developing a KOB training program for high school students, as a part of our youth development strategies for the agency. These initiatives will increase the possibilities of new revenues streams for KOB.

YODA:In its second year, we have secured commitments from the Department of Mental Health services for sustaining funds. We began the process of being able to bill insurance directly for adolescent services and should have answers to this question later in the year. This has always been the intent with the program. However, the process was slowed as the Alcohol and Drug Council began to discuss dissolution. We are confident that this process will be able to be completed and will provide additional revenues.

Other sources:We have created partnerships with Hazelden Educational Publishing and are receiving commissions on product sales for many items related to bullying and violence prevention and substance abuse. Additional partnerships with Hazelden generate revenues through training.

STARS is in the final stages of being reviewed by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices NREPP).  Our review should be completed by the middle of 2012 (April/May) and if our scoring is positive, and we believe it will be, a national market for training and distribution will be opened. STARS SAP would be the only Student Assistance Program in the nation to have been through this rigorous process of review. We are already presenting at two national conferences this fall where the evaluation highlights of the last 14 years will be reviewed. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990 and audit. 
Financial documents prepared by Puryear, Hamilton, Hausman & Wood PLC.
Comments provided by Laurel Fisher 3/3/14.
Nonprofit STARS Nashville
Address 1704 Charlotte Avenue
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37203
Primary Phone (615) 279-0058
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rodger Dinwiddie
Board Chair Ms. Sperry Bell Stadler
Board Chair Company Affiliation ABF Freight System
Year of Incorporation 1984
Former Names
Center for Youth Issues, INC.
Project 714
Students Staying Straight

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