Blue Monarch
P.O. Box 1207
Monteagle TN 37356
Breaking the Cycle. Rebuilding the Family
Mission Statement
Blue Monarch, a long-term residential program for determined women and their children, provides a safe, nurturing and challenging environment, where they can overcome abuse, unhealthy choices and emotional wounds, while they restore family bonds and gain independence and maturity through the experience of God's love.
 
Blue Monarch is a non-profit designed to serve the abused and addicted women along with their children. We accept women who are currently recovering from physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, alcohol or drug addictions, poverty and mental health issues.
 
Blue Monarch offers each woman a one to two-year residential program specifically designed to fit her individual needs and help her further her education, break her addictions, become a better mother, obtain a job and gain independence.

 


Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Susan Freeman Binkley
Board Chair Dr. Bryan Myers MD, FACOG
Board Chair Company Affiliation Premier Women's Health Center
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $456,150.00
Projected Annual Revenue $556,150.00 (2016)
Statements
Mission
Blue Monarch, a long-term residential program for determined women and their children, provides a safe, nurturing and challenging environment, where they can overcome abuse, unhealthy choices and emotional wounds, while they restore family bonds and gain independence and maturity through the experience of God's love.
 
Blue Monarch is a non-profit designed to serve the abused and addicted women along with their children. We accept women who are currently recovering from physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, alcohol or drug addictions, poverty and mental health issues.
 
Blue Monarch offers each woman a one to two-year residential program specifically designed to fit her individual needs and help her further her education, break her addictions, become a better mother, obtain a job and gain independence.

 


Background

Blue Monarch opened its doors in 2003. But it really began years before that.

One night in the fall of 1995 Susan Binkley had a powerful dream that described in great detail how one might put together a program like Blue Monarch. At the time Susan realized this dream was like no other, but she didn’t understand the significance of it until years later when the dream miraculously came together in real life.

Blue Monarch is peacefully located near Monteagle mountain in Middle Tennessee. Through the generosity of Madeline and Howell Adams, who believed in Susan’s vision, Blue Monarch was able to purchase a 50-acre farm property that was previously a bed and breakfast. It came completely furnished and provided everything needed to immediately begin serving women and children in the area who were looking for a new start.

Since 2003 Blue Monarch has served almost 600 women and children from across the entire state of Tennessee and beyond the state line. Through the years the program has developed into an intensive self-help program providing priceless opportunities for women to learn an entirely new way of life, overcome generations of addiction and abuse, develop a personal relationship with God, and effectively become healthier parents to their children.

Blue Monarch has gained a reputation for providing a robust learning platform for women to become better parents in order to regain custody of their children. Since 2003 nearly 200 children have been able to reestablish a relationship with their mothers who had previously lost custody.

On-site counseling, hands-on parenting coaching, daily spiritual development, and a rich children’s program have developed Blue Monarch into a unique, life-changing opportunity – not only for the courageous women who come, but also for every previous child that crosses the threshold.

Impact

 


Since 2003, Blue Monarch has provided an opportunity to mothers searching for the means to rebuild their lives; most of which have been consumed by drug addiction, poverty, and imprisonment. Over the years, we have seen lives restored, families renewed, and children transformed. 

In addition to having served over 500 women and children from 34 counties across Tennessee, we have steadily gained supporters from across the entire country and continue to receive inquiries for help from struggling mothers everywhere.

Our mission is to restore hope not only in the spirits of the residents of Blue Monarch, but in the community at large. We want to restore hope that something can be done to stop the cycle of recidivism; that something can be done to alter the course of a family’s future; and that something can be done to intervene in the lives of children in desperate and terrifying circumstances.

Something can be done. And Blue Monarch is doing it.

 We are so excited that we have been able to retire the mortgage debt on our home, freeing up valuable capital in our operating budget. We have also been able to make more in-home services available to our families, eliminating the need to send residents off-site to receive certain services. 

 In the next year, we want to explore ways to expand our physical footprint, allowing us to house more families and provide even more services.  

 

Needs Blue Monarch has one primary need: funding to operate. While the existing facilities can house up to eleven women (depending on the number of children), the women applying to enter the program far exceed this number. Blue Monarch does not require payment for services from the residents, although they contribute to the cost of their care once they begin earning an income.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Online giving is not the only way you can support Blue Monarch. We accept checks through the mail, and even in-kind donations. If you would like to donate, please send your the check or items to P.O. Box 1207, Monteagle, TN 37356 or call 931-924-8900.
We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to make a difference in the lives of the women and children residing here. To see how you can help, and to fill out a volunteer application, please visit the How You Can Help tab on our website.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Family Violence Shelters and Services
Secondary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
National
Blue Monarch originally served primarily the Cumberland Plateau area. However, it was quickly apparent that the services provided at Blue Monarch were desperately needed everywhere. As of 2014, Blue Monarch has opened its doors to residents of all states. 
 
CEO Statement I always tell our donors that Blue Monarch is a rare opportunity to see, firsthand, how their gift can permanently change the lives of women and children, and even future generations as well. Blue Monarch is one of only a few programs where children can reside with their mothers. This is essential in the overall recovery of the family. One of the most rewarding experiences of my life is to witness mothers as they develop a loving, nurturing relationship with their children, when they arrived here having absolutely no bond. It takes nearly seven months for the drugs to leave the mother’s system, so it is critical that our program is a long term program. This gives time in a safe environment for that development to take place. As the mother and her children settle into a much healthier lifestyle, the children begin counting on this structure and will no doubt want this for their own families someday. We feel we are effectively breaking a very harmful cycle as so many of the dreadful issues of poverty, sexual abuse, domestic violence, and addictions for our residents go back several generations.  I feel a big part of what we work on at Blue Monarch is replacing very painful memories with good ones. I have one of the greatest jobs in the world where daily, I am able to literally see God’s work in the dramatic transformation of women and children’s lives.
Programs
Description
Blue Monarch is a faith based residential, one to two year program using other 12 step programs. This program is at no cost to the participant. Resident referrals typically come from the Department of Children’s Services, Judicial Courts, Attorneys, Families, Churches, Jails and Prisons.
Blue Monarch can presently house 11 women plus their children. Since 2003, over six hundred women and children have been served. Substance abuse costs society approximately $143 billion each year in lost production, health and other expenditures.
 
Participants are women over 18; women who demonstrate a true desire to change their lives; and women willing to participate in a faith-based program. Participants experience recovery skills; relapse prevention measures; individual family sessions; social support groups; drug screens; case management; parenting classes; living skills; computer classes.
Budget 250000
Category
Population Served , ,
Long term Success Blue Monarch has experienced a great deal of success in its six years of operation. Judges, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, Drug Courts, and a number of Social Service agencies have recognized the high success rate of this challenging, intensive, self-help program. It is one of very few programs where the mother’s children are allowed to reside with her, which allows them to recover as a family. Many families have been reunited and restored through the Blue Monarch program.
Examples of Program Success A recent graduate of Blue Monarch is a shining example of the program. She dropped out of High School after becoming addicted to methamphetamines. Over the following six years she was incarcerated six times and had two unplanned pregnancies. Both children were removed from her and she had not even seen one child for two years. She decided she no longer wanted to live this destructive lifestyle and came to Blue Monarch. One year later she obtained her GED, entered college at MTSU, regained custody of one of her children and developed regular visitation with the other. She is now a healthy woman and mother, with a bright future. She is convinced if she had not come to Blue Monarch, she would be dead or in prison by now. This is only one example. The staff and Board of Blue Monarch firmly believe its high rate of success is due to the fact the program is faith-based.
CEO Comments

Amazing transformations take place in the lives of the women and children of Blue Monarch. I feel we are changing the family tree as the women and their precious children learn a healthier lifestyle. Many of the women at Blue Monarch have been taught to use drugs by their parents and grandparents. I am pleased to witness the breaking of this tragic cycle as children are learning a new way of life and are not exposed to some of the hideous conditions their mothers were. One of the saddest aspects of methamphetamines is how it destroys a mother’s nurturing instinct for her children. Since our program is 12 months, this gives time for the drugs to finally leave the system, and that bond to develop between a mother and her children – usually for the first time. The restoration of families so wounded by drugs is by far the most important aspect of our program. I have witnessed a number of women who have arrived at Blue Monarch hardly knowing their own children, and have left as healthy, caring mothers. Of course, our goal is for every woman to successfully complete the program, but even those who have left prematurely have later told us that their children's lives have been forever changed as they desire a more structured lifestyle and have fond memories. I feel a big part of what we do is help to replace very sad memories with good ones. It is truly humbling to be a part of this amazing process.

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Bryan Myers MD, FACOG
Company Affiliation Premier Women's Health Center
Term Mar 2016 to Mar 2019
Email bryanandjane@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Elizabeth Bowling Voting
Doug Cameron Community VolunteerVoting
Henry Crais Accountant for Health Care Industry in GA, TN and ALVoting
Susan Freeman Binkley Voting
Donna Lodge Lodge Cast IronVoting
Dr. Bryan Myers MD, FACOGPremier Women's CenterVoting
Ginny Risner Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
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 40%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Nominating
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance & Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Amy Evans MDSewanee Pediatrics
Dr. Nancy Garrison Psy. DClinical Psychologist
Christina Gifford J.D.Assistant Public Defender
Ridley Wills, II "Community Volunteer"
Jim Wilson
Foundation Staff Comments   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Susan Freeman Binkley
Term Start Feb 2003
Email susan@bluemonarch.org
Staff
Full Time Staff 8
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 84%
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? Aug 2007
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Senior Staff
Title
Experience/Biography
Title Administrative Director
Experience/Biography
Title Director of Program Development and Christian Counselor
Experience/Biography
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $556,150.00
Projected Expenses $456,150.00
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$294,000$99,500
Government Contributions$24,991$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$24,991$0$0
Individual Contributions$376,337$311,337$281,067
$0$0$0
$8,140$2,985$2,025
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$41,101$32,148$18,756
Other$295$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$353,307$294,689$247,682
Administration Expense$86,761$87,106$81,845
Fundraising Expense$42,919$41,891$59,957
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.511.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%70%64%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%7%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$956,869$989,765$845,779
Current Assets$153,771$207,412$58,965
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$72,857
Current Liabilities$3,344$4,117$4,058
Total Net Assets$953,525$985,648$768,864
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities45.9850.3814.53
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%9%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $376,337Contributions, Gifts & Grants $311,337Contributions, Gifts & Grants $281,067
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $41,101Foundations and Corporations $294,000Foundation and Corporate Contributions $99,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $24,991Noncash Contributions $32,148Earned Revenue (Farm and Rental Income) $2,025
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? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2017
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations 2016
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the Form 990. Form 990 and compilation report completed by Clark, Knies & Krenshaw PLLC.
Comment provided by Elizabeth Madsen 11/7/16
Nonprofit Blue Monarch
Address P.O. Box 1207
Monteagle, TN 37356
Primary Phone (931) 924-8900
Contact Email info@bluemonarch.org
CEO/Executive Director Susan Freeman Binkley
Board Chair Dr. Bryan Myers MD, FACOG
Board Chair Company Affiliation Premier Women's Health Center
Year of Incorporation 2003

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