Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, Inc.
P.O. Box 121917
Nashville TN 37212
Mission Statement
The Lost Boys Foundation is committed to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Sudan who make Nashville their home by providing arts training and opportunities, support for general education, employment guidance, social services, emergency aid and other forms of assistance as necessary to these refugees who escaped genocide in their native country and came to America to pursue a better life.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dee Flower President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $45,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $45,000.00 (2015)
The Lost Boys Foundation is committed to the reunification and living enhancement of the Lost Boys of Sudan who make Nashville their home by providing arts training and opportunities, support for general education, employment guidance, social services, emergency aid and other forms of assistance as necessary to these refugees who escaped genocide in their native country and came to America to pursue a better life.
Background The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which was created in the fall of 2004 by Nashville fine arts photographer Jack Spencer who befriended several of the Lost Boys. While doing a portrait series of these young men, he soon discovered their great need when one of these young men was senselessly murdered, leaving his friends grief-stricken and unable to pay for a proper burial. Of this experience Spencer has said, “The irony of his death confounds me. The Lost Boys have seen such terror, grief, loss, sadness and horror only to come to our Land of Opportunity where they thought at last they would be safe.”
The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, Inc. desires to create this sense of safety, which so many of the Lost Boys have been without. Not only is it a place for these young men to gather and fellowship, but also an art studio and gallery. Here these Lost Boys of Sudan tell of their lives in Africa, both the joys and trauma, through paintings, sculptures, and masks. This offers a therapeutic outlet for these young men, while allowing them to develop and sustain a trade and source of income.

These young men are now in their late 20’s and early 30’s and as they have matured, so has the organization. Through continuous fundraising efforts, the Foundation is hoping to develop much-needed programs including computer training, job counseling, social acculturation, educational scholarships and books, immigration and naturalization assistance, art training and materials, a fund for emergency assistance, and more. The needs are great, but just as great is the desire of the Foundation to meet those needs. We hope someday to see each of these young men receive the education they so desire and to be able to lead meaningful, productive lives. We want to help them become leaders who bring hope into the lives of their families and friends who are still struggling to survive.

One of the things we are very proud of is that there was an exhibit of Lost Boys art at the Nashville airport February thru September of 2009 through their Arts at the Airport program. It gained us national attention, including a photograph of the exhibit in USA TODAY.
We received a grant from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. Having our Foundation's work and the artwork of the Lost Boys of Sudan recognized by MNAC was very rewarding.
We have been able to assist several Lost Boys with critical needs including medical, legal, employment, immigration assistance, clothing, housing, and food.
We had His Excellency Manayang Juuk, Governor of Jonglei state in South Sudan visit our Lost Boys Center & Gallery and he was so moved by the artwork of the Lost Boys that he donated land in Sudan for the building of a similar facility to honor and remember all Lost Boys and their struggles. Our Nashville Lost Boys were very proud to have been the catalyst for governor's decision.
Some of our supporters held a very successful fundraising event to raise money for our education program and we were able to assist more than 20 Lost Boys with the purchase of textbooks and/or tuition fees.
We had our second successful children's art camp and were able to extend scholarships to the camp for two students who would not have been able to attend otherwise. We had 13 Lost Boys participate in the camp and they all enjoyed being able to share their artistic talents and the children had a great time. The art they created was exhibited in our gallery for a month including the First Saturday Art Crawl. It made the children very proud of what they had accomplished.
Some of our goals for the future include completion of our computer lab so we can have computer classes. We also want to renovate an area of our facility so we can add a classroom for teaching ESL, math, GED preparation, etc. We want to involve more volunteers this year and work with students at local universities to expose them to the privilege of working with these Lost Boys and helping the students become community service leaders.  In addition, we want to stabilize our financial condition by creating projects that generate on-going revenue so that we are not struggling from month-to-month to meet our financial obligations and so that we can provide more services to the Lost Boys of Sudan.
Some of our most urgent needs are
(1) volunteers who can help with writing grants,
(2) more computers capable of handling current computer programs so we can begin computer classes, 
(3) volunteers who can teach English, math, and communication skills, 
(4) volunteers to help keep the gallery open, and 
(5) fresh ideas for generating income to help us remain in our current location and still provide excellent services to the Lost Boys of Sudan. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Ethnic/Immigrant Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Downtown Nasville, TN, 37210,  All of the surrounding cities of Nashville.  Our Lost Boys of Sudan mainly reside in areas 37217, 37209 , 37211 (South and West Nashville areas)
Board Chair Statement

In March of 2001, I met five Lost Boys of Sudan who came to reside in the parsonage belonging to the church I attended. We had turned the parsonage into housing for refugees and when World Relief came to us and requested to use it for these five young men, we were very excited about having them. Generally we would allow refugees to stay in the house for 2-3 months until they were employed and had permanent housing. In the case of the Lost Boys, it was different. These young men had not grown up with parents to teach them or love them. It was like we had become their parents. They came here with almost nothing but the clothes they were wearing and no money. They knew nothing about cooking on a stove, using a washing machine, can openers, televisions, or electricity. When their 2-3 months were up, we just couldn't let them go and they stayed in the parsonage for a year until we felt we could safely let them go. By now they had learned how to drive, had cell phones, and jobs. After they left, we would see them from time-to-time when they would return to visit, but our children were now on their own. In 2004, I received an email from a friend saying Jack Spencer was wanting to see if other Nashville residents would be interested in helping to form an organization to help the Lost Boys of Sudan. Jack, who is a nationally-known fine arts photographer, had been doing a portrait series of some of Nashville's Lost Boys when one of them was murdered. The Lost Boys didn't have funds to pay for his funeral and Jack and some of his friends took up money and matched what the Lost Boys had collected. After that experience, Jack came to a realization of the real needs some of these young men still had. I went to the meeting because I saw another opportunity to work with and help these wonderful young men. They've changed my life more than I've changed any of theirs. When I became a part of The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, I never dreamed it would be so difficult. Every day I talk with Lost Boys who are struggling to get an education, pay rent, have gas for their car, buy food, and find a job. There are so many needs and to be able to help takes money...lots of it. We opened the gallery in 2007 and in 2008 the economy began slipping. Donations dropped, sales of art dropped, and volunteers have come and gone. Cost of utilities increased, as did our rent. But the needs of the Lost Boys have remained. Some have been fortunate enough to get enrolled in school and many have graduated. That makes us very proud of them, but there are still many who do not have the financial aid to go to school. When their cars break down, they don't have the money to have it repaired. Then they can't get to work and they lose their jobs. Then they can't pay their rent or buy food. If we can help these young men to get a better education, help them with classes in English, computers, or help with tuition or books, we can make a big difference in their lives. With a better education comes better jobs and a better life. In addition to these things, it breaks my heart to know so many of these guys long to see their mothers and fathers, and brothers and sisters, but can't. Not only do they suffer from missing their families, they suffer from the trauma of their lives in Sudan when they had to walk for thousands of miles barefoot trying to reach the safety of refugee camps. They watched as their friends were attacked and eaten by wild animals, drowned in the river, were shot by soldiers, or died from starvation, dehydration, and disease. These memories still haunt them and most have never had any counseling to help them deal with the trauma. Hopefully the things we are trying to do at The Lost Boys Foundation will make a positive difference in their lives. It is that hope that keeps us struggling from day to day.

CEO Statement
Currently, we are not in a financial position to have an Executive Director. The statements here are made by the President of the Board.
The Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville is committed to enhancing the lives of the Lost Boys of Sudan who make Nashville their home. These young men were forced to flee their villages as small boys between the ages of 5-15 and most still have not seen their parents or their family since 1987. We have many goals for aiding these young men including helping them to be able to return to Sudan to visit relatives; assisting with education including tuition, textbooks, classes, supplies, etc.; employment opportunities; medical, immigration, and legal assistance. Many still need help with communication skills and social skills. Though most have been in the United States since 2001, they have not been fully integrated into American society. What we want to do is help these young men to lead full lives, have good jobs, and raise families, not separated from our society, but as a part of it. One of the ways we have helped them to share their culture with Nashville and America is through their art. In June of 2006, we opened The Lost Boys Center & Gallery which features art by these Lost Boys. Here they have learned to paint, make clay masks, sculptures, and pottery. One of our Lost Boys has even found that he has a talent for photography and some of his work is for sale in our gallery. Art has given them a way to express their personalities, their love for Sudan, and to share their culture. They love talking with visitors to the gallery and sharing stories with them and explaining their culture. Selling their art also provides them with an additional source of income and it is our hope that some of them will go on to become self-sustaining artists.
Immigration Matters - We assist Lost Boys with various immigration matters such as green cards and citizenship.
Budget 1000
Category Human Services Services for Ethnic & Immigrant Groups
Population Served Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees, ,
Employment - We help with employment opportunities and career training.
Budget 10%
Population Served , ,
Description We award Lost Boys for doing community outreach - telling their stories at schools and community organizations and participating in other community related events. They are able to obtain an airline ticket back to Africa to reunite with long lost members of their families. Funds for this program come from donations. Currently we have financed 6 of these trips.
Budget 3000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, ,
Short Term Success One of the Lost Boys reunited with his mother in Kenya. They had not seen one another in 26 years. 
Long term Success Lost Boys family members still living in Africa will be able to join them here in the U.S.
Program Success Monitored By The Lost Boys volunteer to participate in these events and a record is kept of their time and travel. Points are awarded based on the information. Event ratings are required.
Examples of Program Success The Lost Boys desire to participate in these events has risen since the award system was initiated in 2012. 
CEO Comments
One of our great challenges is meeting the educational needs of Nashville's Lost Boys of Sudan. Many need financial assistance with textbooks, tuition, testing fees, etc. We never have enough funds to meet the requests. Some are not able to get loans or qualify for grants and without financial assistance, they cannot attend school. Some still need help with getting their GED so they can apply to higher education facilities. Education is something they ask for the most and something we would like to be able to help them with more. With donations and art sales being down due to the economy, it has become even more challenging to meet the needs of these young men and to keep the doors of our Center & Gallery open for them and for the public to enjoy. We are currently exploring new and different methods of fundraising to hopefully bring in funsd to help us meet all our financial needs. The Lost boys of Sudan have a unique history and we are constantly invited to participate in educational and community events to have them share their experiences and their culture. Theirs is a story that should not be forgotten. We want to help keep their stories, experiences, and culture alive through their art. However, our main objective is to help them to live happy, healthy, productive lives by assisting them to become all they can possibly become as a person and to give them stability and pride in who they are and what they have become.
Board Chair
Board Chair Dee Flower President
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2014 to Oct 2015
Email deeflower@mac.com
Board Members
Anyiir Lueth Aguto Lost GirlCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ken Bernstein Community VolunteerVoting
Natalie Bethune Community VolunteerVoting
Johnson Chang Lost BoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dee Flower Foundation PresidentNew VisionsVoting
Deng Gai Lost BoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Peggy Ann Gaines Community VolunteerVoting
Lanie Gannon SecretaryArtistVoting
Chol Garang Lost BoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Manyang Jok Lost Boys PresidentLiving in SudanVoting
James Makuac Lost BoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Paul Mator Manyok Vice-PresidentLost BoyVoting
Lois Moreno AdvisorRetired Community VolunteerVoting
Majok Nhial Lost BoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Kimberly Pedigo Community VolunteerVoting
Andy van Roon AdvisorMusic City FilmsVoting
Saul Solomon TreasurerCounselor for Mayor's OfficeVoting
Jack Spencer Founder/Artistic DirectorPhotographerVoting
Beverly Townsend DonorVoting
Gabriel Wal Lost BoyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Mei Zhao Vice-PresidentAccupunctureVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 38%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Chol Garang Vice President
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2010 to Aug 2011
Email cholgarang123@yahoo.com
Additional Board Members
Mrs. Carol Stein Cumberland Gallery
CEO Comments
Our Foundation's executive committee consists of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Board members. Recommendations are made by this committee to the full Board.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No Executive Director
We currently do not have an executive director.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 21
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? No
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
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? No
Local Hero Award - Jack Spencer, FounderBank of America2008
Grant AwardMetropolitan Nashville Arts Commission2010
CEO Comments
We do not have any paid staff. All work is done by volunteers who are monitored and managed by the President. All volunteers must complete an application to volunteer.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $45,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year200920082007
Program Expense$46,384$58,095$28,060
Administration Expense$9,811$16,912$40,238
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.710.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%77%41%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year200920082007
Total Assets$15,647$34,612$24,506
Current Assets$2,006$852$13,140
Long-Term Liabilities$15,647$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$9,475$0
Total Net Assets$15,535$25,137$24,506
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year200920082007
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--0.09--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year200920082007
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets100%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year200920082007
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
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 June 2015
Organization Comments
One of our biggest challenges is overcoming the current economic market. With donations down and art sales down, we are trying to come up with more innovative fundraising opportunities. We are also adding highly motivated and enthusiastic new board members and a council comprised of Lost Boys of Sudan to help us in evaluating ttheir needs and how we can best meet those needs. We are looking forward to 2011 being our best year ever.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.  Foundation, corporations and congregations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990EZ.
990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Comment provided by Kirsten Joyner 10/2010.
Nonprofit Lost Boys Foundation of Nashville, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 121917
Nashville, TN 37212
Primary Phone (615) 256-8302
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dee Flower President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2004

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