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.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Freeman Binkley
Board Chair Mr. Henry Crais
Board Chair Company Affiliation Accountant for Health Care Industry in GA, TN and AL
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $330,900.00
Projected Annual Revenue $330,900.00 (2014)
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 began as a dream – literally. Susan Binkley, Founder and Executive Director had a dream one night almost 12 years ago, which described in great detail how one facility could house, nurture, and employ women who were hurting. Several years later this dream became a reality. Susan moved to the Monteagle area and opened a bakery/café in Sewanee, called The Blue Chair. It was through this experience that she became acutely aware of the sad level of oppression among so many of the women who sought employment through her business. Mrs. Binkley quickly noticed that many women were struggling with painful and embarrassing issues at home, which usually resulted in their losing or quitting their jobs. After two years in business, when The Blue Chair needed a way to expand, Susan began planning to establish a commercial kitchen at a separate location to handle mail-order, catering, and wholesale production. The plan began as a way to employ the same women who struggled to keep a job, but then developed into a place where their needs could be met in a safe environment as well. Within a short time Blue Monarch was developed which was exactly like the dream all those years before. In July of 2003 the first resident moved into Blue Monarch. Since that time over three hundred women and children have been served by the organization. In February of 2006, The Blue Chair constructed a commercial kitchen on-site at the Blue Monarch facility, which provides job training and employment to the women of Blue Monarch. The women learn to bake delicious, beautiful desserts which is a valuable job skill. This skill allows them an opportunity to pursue further as a career, or have a job skill to fall back on in the future if necessary. Through their employment at the Blue Chair Kitchen, the women are able to earn an income through a job that works around their intensive schedules, and are taught valuable work ethic to carry with them to future jobs. Once the women begin earning an income, they are able to contribute a portion of their earnings back to Blue Monarch to assist in the cost of their care. Although much effort is invested into furthering education, developing parenting skills, learning computer skills and job skills, the most important aspect of the Blue Monarch experience is that of learning to parent children and make healthier choices.


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
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Blue Monarch originally served primarily the Cumberland Plateau area. However, it was quickly apparent that the services provided at Blue Monarch were desperately needed state-wide. Therefore, Blue Monarch now serves the entire state. As of 2014, Blue Monarch has opened its doors to residents of all states. 
Board Chair Statement

I am honored to serve as the President of the Board of Blue Monarch. This organization makes a difference in many people’s lives. Our founder, Susan Binkley has brought a dream to reality. She and her staff have helped over 300 women and children change their future. The women who come to Blue Monarch are usually as low as they can go. They are nurtured, taught and guided to become good citizens, good parents and good people. These women spend one year getting their lives back and many times, getting their children back. Most get their GED and go on to college courses. They are not just taught job skills, but job ethics as well. They are encouraged to make God the center of their lives instead of themselves. The women that make it through the program thrive, as do their children. For our communities, this means one less junkie on the street, one less criminal in jail, one less battered woman, and maybe one less child in foster care.

Every organization has challenges, usually money! As most non-profits, we struggle to continue to raise the necessary money to do this work. We have a great start now after a successful capital campaign, but we know that fundraising never ends. We have a small staff and perhaps with more paid staff, we could help even more women and children. Our other challenge is inspiring our residents to succeed. Most want it, some aren’t willing to do what it takes, but ALL come away from Blue Monarch having learned some life lessons. I have no doubt that once a woman and her children pass through the door at Blue Monarch, they learn that God loves them and wants them to succeed.   Most stay and when it’s time, they transform into that beautiful butterfly and fly away free of some of their demons. What more reasons could there be to want to volunteer with Blue Monarch!

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. A very unique aspect of Blue Monarch is its relationship with a for-profit business, The Blue Chair. If not for this relationship, it would be virtually impossible for the women to maintain employment while also undergoing the intensive program of Blue Monarch. This unusual collaboration provides a flexible schedule where their job can work around their classes during the day and therefore, develop a good resume for a job in the future. 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.
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 three 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
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 Mr. Henry Crais
Company Affiliation Accountant for Health Care Industry in GA, TN and AL
Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2015
Board Members
Mrs. Sherri Bishop Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Elizabeth Bowling Voting
Mr. Doug Cameron Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Henry Crais Accountant for Health Care Industry in GA, TN and ALVoting
Ms. Ann Denson Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Susan Freeman Binkley Voting
Mrs. Paige Lashlee Voting
Mrs. Donna Lodge Lodge Cast IronVoting
Dr. Bryan Myers MD, FACOGPremier Women's CenterVoting
Mrs. Ginny Risner Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Jeff Smith retiredVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Unspecified 0
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Audit, Compliance and Controls
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
Dr. Amy Evans Sewanee Pediatrics
Ms. Nancy Garrison Therapist
Mr. Clyde Ingalls
Ms. Christina Sitz Attorney
Mr. Ridley Wills, II "Community Volunteer"
Foundation Staff Comments   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Susan Freeman Binkley
Term Start Feb 2003
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 25
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 50%
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 Administrative Director
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $330,900.00
Projected Expenses $330,900.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$247,682$260,167$257,089
Administration Expense$81,845$65,460$55,068
Fundraising Expense$59,957$23,416$22,907
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.761.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses64%75%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%4%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$845,779$903,808$909,868
Current Assets$58,965$81,019$54,205
Long-Term Liabilities$72,857$144,089$413,558
Current Liabilities$4,058$2,719$3,316
Total Net Assets$768,864$757,000$492,994
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.5329.8016.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%16%45%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $281,067Foundations and Corporations $309,300Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $291,033
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation and Corporate Contributions $99,500Individual Contributions $300,311Foundation and Corporate Gifts $38,750
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue (Farm and Rental Income) $2,025Earned Revenue (Farm Income) $2,545Special Events $11,570
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 2015 Financial Comments
Financial figures taken primarily from the Form 990, with some additional information gathered from the audit. 990 completed by Clark, Knies & Krenshaw PLLC.
Financial statements are compiled monthly on a cash basis, and audit is on an accrual basis, explaining any discrepancies between the 990 and Audit. The Audit also includes pledges, while the 990 does not (as it is completed on a cash basis). 
Comment provided by Beth Groves 10/13/14
Nonprofit Blue Monarch
Address P.O. Box 1207
Monteagle, TN 37356
Primary Phone (931) 924-8900
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan Freeman Binkley
Board Chair Mr. Henry Crais
Board Chair Company Affiliation Accountant for Health Care Industry in GA, TN and AL
Year of Incorporation 2003

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