Miriam's Promise
1008 19th Ave S
Scarritt Hall
Nashville TN 37212
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Mission Statement
 
We exist to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families.Miriam's Promise is dedicated to healing and emotional health by providing pregnancy counseling, mentoring, child counseling and family counseling along with domestic and international adoption services. 

As part of our strategic planning process begun in January 2013, our values for the agency were explored and revised. We value:
Permanency for Children
Family Nurturing
Respect for Individuals
Outreach
Faith in God

 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah H. Robinson
Co-CEO/Executive Director Mr. J. Dietz Osborne
Board Chair Ms. Amanda Stanley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bass Berry & Sims
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Former Names
Miriam's Promise of Holston Home for Children
Tennessee Conference Children's Services
Tennessee Conference Adoption Services
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $583,712.00
Projected Annual Revenue $612,400.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission  
We exist to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families.Miriam's Promise is dedicated to healing and emotional health by providing pregnancy counseling, mentoring, child counseling and family counseling along with domestic and international adoption services. 

As part of our strategic planning process begun in January 2013, our values for the agency were explored and revised. We value:
Permanency for Children
Family Nurturing
Respect for Individuals
Outreach
Faith in God

 
Background  In June l984, Holston Home for Children, Inc. of Greeneville, Tennessee and the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church created a satellite office in Nashville. In 1996, the name of the agency was changed to Miriam's Promise. Our vision was to extend the promise of hope and healing to anyone facing the despair of untimely pregnancy or the grief of infertility.
Our story began with a baby...
Thousands of years ago, a desperate slave woman saved the life of her infant son by hiding him in a basket along the riverbank. When the baby was discovered and adopted by an Egyptian princess, his sister Miriam offered their mother's services as a wet-nurse; fostering hope and healing for the birthmother, the adoptive mother and the infant called Moses.
Whether we are remembering the sweet baby Jesus...or recollecting thoughts of Moses...each memory draws us to a desire to protect and defend the innocence of childhood.
As opportunity and need continued to present itself, Miriam's Promise eventually included both domestic and international adoption services, joined by family counseling and support groups for birth parents, waiting families and trans-racial adoptions. We initiated a mentoring program to provide one-on-one support for pregnant teens and, in 1999, added the adoption program for the placement of older children.
On January 1, 2003, Miriam's Promise became an independent non-profit agency and in April, 2006 renovated and moved into current office space in the historic Tulip Street United Methodist Church. Our staff has led the community in best practices in adoptions and attachment and continue to be advocates in adoption law, community outreach and education. Originally intended to serve 12-15 pregnancy clients per year, the agency has grown to serve over 200 pregnancy clients, children, adoptive families and prospective adoptive parents annually.
In 2007 and 2008, formalized programs for incarcerated pregnant women and attachment therapy for older children and their families were added. This created the addition of new professional staff. Currently, Miriam's Promise has 8 full-time staff members.   We also utilize undergraduate and graduate interns from local colleges and graduate schools.
 
Impact   

In 2012, Miriam’s Promise achieved Hague Accreditation by the Council on Accreditation for international adoptions.  This accreditation allows Miriam’s Promise to pursue adoption opportunities for those families seeing to grow their family through international adoption.  Miriam’s Promise is now in the process of completing the self-study for re-accreditation so that we may continue to offer the best services possible to our international families and be kept to the highest ethical standards in the industry.

 Many of the children we see are defines as “children from hard places”, which includes children who have experienced some type of abuse, neglect, trauma, prenatal exposure to substances, high levels of stress, difficult labor or birth and/or early medical trauma.  Our children that we serve began their lives in chaotic birth families, were exposed prenatally to drugs, faced multiple interruptions in caregivers or began their lives in international orphanages.  These factors put them at risk for trauma, issues with brain development as well as sensory processing issues.  This interruption or disability to process makes it difficult to complete daily tasks and can impact motor skills, behavior and emotional well-being.  Sensory processing deficits can exacerbate disruption in attachment, social and emotional development and academic success.  In 2012, tow of our staff completed intensive training through the child development institute at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).  In 2013, two more of our staff completed this training.  This enables us to help both children and adoptive parents in their quest to form healthy attachments and strong connections with their children.

 In 2013, tow of our staff members participated in an intense training, also provided by TCU, to create a therapeutic camp for kids that have attachment and behavioral challenges.  Camp Nurture (based on the Hope Connection Camp of TCU) came to Middle Tennessee in 2014.  The collaboration brought together 3 highly respected local attachment therapists, Miriam’s Promise, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Let it Shine Gymnastics, Pediatric Therapists and ShowHope.  Camp Nurture provides a therapeutic environment for adopted children from “hard places” and their parents.  Camp Nurture is a unique, intensive immersion experience that allows parents and children to learn how to delight in each other again as well as to develop new skills and techniques designed to begin healing the trauma and attachment deficits created by institutionalized care or difficult beginnings.  As part of the camp process, parents participate in several all-day trainings, on-site practice with their children and create a unique support network as a result.

We also continue to offer counseling to incarcerated pregnant inmates in the Davidson County jail through our Expecting the Best program.  Recently, Miriam’s Promise was invited by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to expand the Expecting the Best program to the CCA facility.  This program is designed for mothers who are already parenting on the outside.  This program is an evidence-based parenting curriculum for women also enrolled in the facility’s alcohol and drug rehabilitation program.  A counselor meets with the women weekly for encouragement, support, self-discovery and parenting skills training.  The rotating 8-week curriculum helps women work through the challenges of parenting faced after incarceration.  We are also providing education on trauma and attachment as these mothers prepare to return to their families.

In 2014, we were able to prepare 49 families to adopt through our home study process; 21 expectant mothers sought counseling; 23 children were placed with their forever families; 62 incarcerated mothers received pregnancy counseling and parenting coaching and 5 children from “hard places” received counseling to help them ore completely attach to their new families. 

Needs

Updates in technology are needed in several areas.  We are in need of two desktop computer terminals, 3 tablets and a large flat screen television with laptop plug-in capabilities which would enable us to retire our projector which is over 10 years old.  Estimated cost: $3,000

We are always in need of gift cards to grocery and discount stores.  We give these to our pregnancy clients for gas, groceries and household needs.  We provide about $2,000 per year in gift cards.

While we have a strong and loyal base of volunteers (over 140), we are in constant need of additional volunteers to assist staff on site and help with annual fundraisers.  We are always seeking new board members who have a heart for the mission of Miriam’s Promise.  Volunteers are also needed to provide in-kind skills such as: communication and marketing pieces, IT services and wider referral relationships with other non-profits. 

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Donations can be made/received through our website:
  www.miriamspromise.org
Checks may be mailed to:
   Miriam's Promise
   Scarritt Hall
   1008 19th Ave S 
   Nashville, TN    37212
Needed in-kind donations include:
    Gift cards from $20-$50 for use by pregnancy clients for food,
           gas, practical needs
    Donated auction items for fund-raising events (tickets to events,
         restaurants,  services, etc.)
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
  Miriam's Promise uses volunteers to assist in:
       Office needs (answering phones, assisting with mailings, etc)
       Funding events: 2-3 per year
            The Mary Cooper Honorary Golf Challenge in the fall
            "Celebrate the Promise" - dinner/auction in spring
         (day of the events and committee volunteers)
       Board members
       Media Help
       Golfer Recruitment
      
      
    
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Adoption
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Family Services
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 - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
TN - Davidson
TN - Moore
TN - Trousdale
TN
As an agency of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church our focus is within the Conference's jurisdiction; We provide services primarily to the Middle Tennessee area; covering the 42 counties of Middle Tennessee. However because of the services we provide to families our outreach is national as well as international.
Board Chair Statement

When Moses' mother lovingly placed her tiny baby boy in a basket in the great Nile River, she was both desperate and hopeful.  When the Egyptian princess pulled Moses from among the reeds, she was both excited and unsure.  It was Miriam, Moses' sister, who bridged the gap between these two loving parents.  Offering her mother as a wet nurse, she supported Moses' adoptive mother while fostering the relationship with his birth mother.  It was Miriam's promise to her brother who let this very special baby grow into a leader of his people and a great man of God.

I am very proud to chair the board of directors of Miriam's Promise.  For over 30 years, this amazing organization has helped children and families in crisis with love and honesty.  Each day, the staff addresses a far-reaching set of community needs ranging from counseling expectant parents facing difficult decisions, to supporting incarcerated mothers in parenting their children, to encouraging adoptive parents in difficult adoptions.  Debbie Robinson is the long-time executive director and leads her staff by example as she loves each person who comes through the doors.  The extremely educated and experienced staff works each day to extend the promise of hope and healing to each parent and child they encounter whether through adoption or our prison ministry.
 
What makes Miriam's Promise special is our respect for each person we encounter and our ultimate focus on the child.  The staff provides birth parents with counseling in times of great crisis while they are making nearly impossible decision.  They seek to foster open and honest conversations about the past, present and most importantly the future.  While some birth parents do choose adoption, others choose to parent.  No matter the decision, Miriam's Promise is there to support the child.  Whether it is supporting relationships with adoptive parents of connecting new birth parents to additional services, the staff place the child first, regardless of the circumstances 
 
Miriam's Promise is not just an adoption agency.  Through Expecting the Best, the trained counselors also work with incarcerated mothers to provide pregnancy counseling and parenting support.  Over the past 10 years, they have developed a unique program that focuses on the challenges of pregnancy in prison and parenting during incarceration and upon release.  Focusing on the child, the staff seeks to encourage, support and develop the parenting skills of these women so the the cycle of incarceration, trauma and neglect can be broken.  
 
Families are the hear of Miriam's Promise.  They are birth parents who have made difficult decisions, they are adoptive parents working through problems of attachment, they are board member determining important policies and they are also the hands of God.  Our volunteers are often our families who continue to believe strongly in the important mission of the agency and work tirelessly to support its goals.  Using years of experience, hours of training and the grave of God, Miriam's Promise does all it can to support each family and help each child blossom into all God intended.  Together with the rest of the board, I am proud to watch them work.
 
Amanda Stanley
Miriam's Promise Board Chair 
CEO Statement

Our mission is to ensure the well-being of the child by nurturing individuals and families.   We take that mission seriously in the work we do in pregnancy counseling, adoptions, family counseling and our jail programs.   Because our clients are vulnerable, it is critical that we respond with great care and respect to all that come through our doors.    While we may never fully know each hurt that exists for every client, we do understand the grief and great needs that remains after separations, abandonments, broken attachments , infertility and unplanned pregnancies.  

Since 1985, we have provided hope and healing to thousands of children and families who are coping with issues of grief, loss and transition.   We are unique because of our long-term commitment to the children and families we serve.   As the needs of our clients and children have changed and intensified, out staff continues to equip itself through continuing education.   All program staff are Masters level.  Four staff members completed a prestigious and rigorous training in TBRI therapy (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) through TCU, 2 of those went on complete a more specific training at TCU to develop a therapeutic camp.

Those two staff members were part of the collaborative senior staff that brought Camp Nurture (based on Camp Hope of TCU) to middle Tennessee as our newest adventure.     The collaboration brought together 3 local attachment therapists, Miriam’s Promise, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Let It Shine, Pediaiatric Therapists and ShowHope.    Camp Nurture provides a therapeutic environment for adopted children from “hard places” and their parents.   Camp is an immersion experience that allows parents and children to develop new skills and techniques designed to heal the trauma and attachment deficits created by institutionalized care or difficult beginning.    Prior to camp, parents participate in weekly, all-day trainings and follow-up camp with additional work.

Our work in TBRI created a new paradigm for staff.   During 2014, we re-invented many of our programs – counseling for pregnancy clients, the psycho-educational groups for incarcerated moms and pregnant women, and our adoption pre-training groups.    Since most of our children come from “hard places”  (even in newborn domestic adoptions), our work is now centered around helping parents create the healing environments these children need for secure attachment and optimum development.

We are excited about our growth, the support of our Board of Directors in this new emphasis and are grateful to event supporters and donors for making this growth possible.


Debbie Robinson, M.A.
Executive Director
 

Programs
Description

Miriam's Promise has been providing pregnancy counseling since its inception in 1985. Services include:

  • Helping women and families with unplanned pregnancy cope with emotional stress, access to medical care and long term goals
  • Preparing them for the mature life decisions of pregnancy,  such as pre-natal care, labor and delivery and related issues
  • Educating and assisting them in making decisions related to the best-interests of their child(ren)
  • Providing practical assistance with baby items, diapers, and in some cases, medical and housing needs
  • For clients choosing adoption: providing healing, caring support before and after the placement of their infant and continued assistance with maintaining contact with adoptive families and children when appropriate. 
  • For clients not choosing adoption: providing post-pregnancy counseling and parenting support for both the birth parents and the child. 

 

Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Females, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Description
Many families experiencing  fertility challenges turn to Miriam's Promise for help in building their family through adoption. We work closely with each family to explore adoption possibilities and their capacity to parent, offering education, and continual support.
 
More  families choose international adoption each year as the avenue most suited to them. Miriam's Promise is unique in the training we offer - Parents in Process, a  12 hr adoption preparation class focusing on all aspects of adoption and information unique to international adoption. The life-long process of adoption, cultural/racial issues, grief and the special needs of orphaned children are addressed.    We are Hague Accredited  by the Council on Accreditation.
 
Services include training, home studies, post-placement supervision and support through the life cycle of adoption. Training for domestic adoption includes open adoption, the impact of infertility, trans-racial parenting and grief and loss pertaining to adoption as well as coping with attachment issues. 
 
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families,
Description

Miriam's Promise is the only entity that currently offers this type of program to women in Middle Tennessee correctional facilities.  This is an ongoing program consisting of weekly group sessions of 7-8 pregnant/parenting inmates.  The sessions cover issues that positively impact: 

  • decision making
  • parenting
  • family planning
  • life skills
  • past traumas
Since many of the women have experienced chaotic childhoods, attachment issues are also addressed to enhance parenting skills and help them understand and deal with the emotional challenges of children of incarcerated parents.  Following incarceration, Miriam's Promise continues to offer support services and counseling to insure positive outcomes for these women both as individuals and as mothers.  
Category
Population Served , ,
Description

Miriam’s Promise offers a counseling program designed to provide a safe haven for children, parents and families who are going through a difficult time.  A thorough assessment is done to assess each child’s individual situation before deciding on a comprehensive treatment plan. We offer specialized counseling in different areas of focus including attachment disorders, trauma due to abuse or neglect, grief and loss, and behavioral issues. We see many children who have been adopted domestically or internationally. While we do see children on an individual basis, most therapies include a component designed to include parents and equip them to deal with their children in a more effective way within the home environment. Our approach is a very holistic and comprehensive one and includes working with schools, physicians, and others who play a significant role in the child’s life. 

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CEO Comments
During 2010, Miriam's Promise saw an increase in the request for services for expectant parents.   Of note, is a significant rise in practical assistance for pregnant women.   Need for assistance with housing, food costs and transportation is at a critical level due to rising costs and reduced income levels.   At this point, we have successfully provided for these needs by directly contacting supporting groups for donations of non-perishable food items, clothing and gift cards for groceries used for clients.   Requests for maternity clothing, baby formula and infant clothing have also increased.   We've been able to re-stock our closets by asking women's groups, Sunday School classes, etc. to assist. 
The agency has placed a new emphasis on post-placement issues for families, particularly for families adopting children from "hard places".   Children who come from orphanages, from long-term foster care, from chaotic birthfamilies or who were born after a traumatic pregnancy, often experience more difficulty in attachment.   The board and staff at Miriam's Promise see staff training and education as a high priority to enable staff to coah these parents in particular healing methods.

 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Amanda Stanley
Company Affiliation Bass Berry & Sims
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email astanley@bassberry.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Rev. Scott Aleridge Cumberland District, United Methodist ChurchVoting
Ms. Catherine (Chuck) Collins Commercial Broker, NAI NashvilleVoting
Mr. Robert Collins Wealth Management Group of TNVoting
Mrs. Mary Cooper Retired Legal Assistant, Community VolunteerNonVoting
Ms. Melissa Crim LPC, Private PracticeVoting
Mr. Joe Dunn Senior OD Consultant, HCAVoting
Dr. Dan Elkins Career Consultant, Strategic AdvantagesVoting
Ms Christine Evangelista Guardian HealthVoting
Mr. Jerry Faulkner Owner Faulkner, Mackie and Cochran, PCVoting
Ms. Laura Fellman Churchill MortgageVoting
Ms. Erin Harris Churchill Mortgage -Board Intern -Young LeadersVoting
Ms. Kim Hollingshead Touchstone Title & EscrowVoting
Mr. Steve Jones Messer ConstructionVoting
Ms. Whitney Kimerling Lewis, ThomasonNonVoting
Mr. Ron Merville CEO: Energy Source PartnersVoting
Ms. Beth Morris Director of Youth & Recreation Ministries, St. Mark's UMCVoting
Mr. Ben Papa Papa & Roberts, PLLCVoting
Mr. Thomas Robinson OnSomble, Inc.Voting
Ms. Amanda Stanley Bass, Berry &SimsVoting
Mr. Robert D. Tuke Attorney, Trauger & TukeExofficio
Dr. Jan van Eys Senior Scholar, Vanderbilt University School of MedicineVoting
Ms. Susan Vincler Senior Advisor, Sales ForceVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 93%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Beth Morris
Company Affiliation St. Mark's UMC
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email bmorris@bellsouth.net
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Board Development / Board Orientation
Program / Program Planning
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Risk Management Provisions
Computer Equipment & Software
General Property Coverage
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Life Insurance
CEO Comments    
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Deborah H. Robinson
Term Start May 1991
Email drobinson@miriamspromise.org
Experience

Debbie has served as Executive Director of Miriam's Promise since 1991. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University graduating Cum Laude. Debbie received a Masters of Arts from Trevecca Nazarene College and has conducted Post-Master's work there. She began work with Miriam's Promise, formerly Tennessee Conference Children's Services, in 1985 as a caseworker and served four years prior to joining Catholic Charities of Tennessee. Debbie served as Adjunct Professor from 1996-2000 for Martin Methodist College. Her professional involvement includes a variety of roles within the local, state and national arena such as service on the Families for Children National Task Force of the United Methodist Association; the Inter-Agency Adoption Coalition of Middle Tennessee; the Child Welfare League of America and the Steering Committee for State-wide Conference through the Department of Children’s Services.    In 1993-96, Tennessee Adoption Law underwent a massive overhaul, the first since 1951.  Debbie served as an agency liaison to the Adoption Law Commission and worked closely with the Commission meeting with legislators and adoption professionals across the state.   Debbie has served as an instructor, panelist, and speaker for many seminars and workshops throughout the nation on topics such as grief counseling, coping with infertility, open adoption, teen pregnancy and adoption practices.

Co-CEO
Co-CEO Mr. J. Dietz Osborne
Term Start June 2013
Email dietzo@miriamspromise.org
Experience Dietz Osborne is a native Arkansan and holds a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Previously, Dietz served as group sales manager and director of audience development for Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville.  Since being hired as director of donor relations in 2011, Dietz has added administrative duties to his job description which include: payroll, budgeting and vendor management. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 140
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 87%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Mar 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
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2000
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)2003
Council of Accreditation of Child and Family Services, Inc.2006
Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children2006
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
US Department of State Hague Accreditation2016
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Kraft Board Member of the Year Award for Mary B. CooperCenter for Non-Profit Management - Salute to Excellence2006
Marvin Runyon Leadership AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management - Salute to Excellence2005
Hague AccreditedThe Council on Accreditation US Department of State2016
Senior Staff
Title Executive Director
Experience/Biography
Title Associate Director, Adminsitration and Development
Experience/Biography
CEO Comments
  • One of the challenges that small non-profit agencies continually face is the ability to provide "best practices" policies in services and for personnel.  We are fortunate to have Board members who assist executive staff in writing policy.   In 2008, The Personnel Committee of the Board of Directors and Executive Staff completed revision of the Personnel Policies.   These revisions were approved by the Board of Miriam's Promise and were effective January, 2008.
  • Our Board of Directors and Executive leadership believe strongly in the value of continuing education and professional development.   They work hard to make certain that those funds are available.   During our explorations to develop an attachment therapy program, staff members discovered a premiere training event for therapists.  Although late in the year and not included in the budget, Board members donated necessary funds for the training of 3 staff counselors.  In 2012 and 2013, 4 staff members completed intensive training through Texas Christian University, Institute of Child Development with Dr. Karyn Purvis in Trust Based Relational Intervention. 
  • Miriam's Promise has worked to develop relationships with local colleges and universities providing social work and counseling programs. In the past, we have had both undergraduate and graduate interns from Belmont, Vanderbilt, Trevecca, UT College of Social Work, and one summer intern from Yale University. 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $612,400.00
Projected Expenses $583,712.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
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
$10,000$19,912$9,393
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$308,232$214,115$223,827
$5,270$4,434$4,085
$131,089$199,689$154,515
Investment Income, Net of Losses$434$227$499
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$158,487$150,020$154,669
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$567$0$5
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$383,185$402,001$411,646
Administration Expense$91,673$99,711$104,583
Fundraising Expense$80,764$78,206$96,163
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.010.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%69%67%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%20%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$245,322$188,977$181,395
Current Assets$230,047$175,663$178,032
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$77,928$80,040$80,937
Total Net Assets$167,394$108,937$100,458
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.952.192.20
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $308,232Contributions, Gifts and Grants $214,115Contributions, Gifts & Grants $223,827
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $158,487Program Revenue $199,689Fundraising Events $154,669
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $131,089Fundraising Events $150,020Program Services $154,515
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
Charitable Sol 2017-2018
Organization Comments In 2012, we set the goal of replenishing our financial reserves used after the economic downturn of 2008.  We were successful in this endeavor by contributing and maintaining 3 + months of expenses in our reserve account. 
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990.
990 prepared by Dempsey, Vantrease & Follis, PLLC.
Schedule B removed to protect donor privacy.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 8/10/17.
Nonprofit Miriam's Promise
Address 1008 19th Ave S
Scarritt Hall
Nashville, TN 37212
Primary Phone (615) 292-3500
Contact Email info@miriamspromise.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah H. Robinson
Board Chair Ms. Amanda Stanley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bass Berry & Sims
Year of Incorporation 2003
Former Names
Miriam's Promise of Holston Home for Children
Tennessee Conference Children's Services
Tennessee Conference Adoption Services

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