Nashville Burners Youth Basketball, Inc.
2110 Burns Avenue
Nashville TN 37216
5th Grade Burners
Mission Statement
The Nashville Burners provides youth from diverse segments of the community the opportunity to excel in athletics at the highest level of competition, while learning to work as a team and to exhibit good sportsmanship.  Giving youth a productive outlet for their time and energy not only builds character, integrity and self-confidence, it benefits the community by discouraging youths from getting into trouble or into less socially desirable activities. 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. William S. Cummings Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $7,000.00 (2014)
Statements
Mission
The Nashville Burners provides youth from diverse segments of the community the opportunity to excel in athletics at the highest level of competition, while learning to work as a team and to exhibit good sportsmanship.  Giving youth a productive outlet for their time and energy not only builds character, integrity and self-confidence, it benefits the community by discouraging youths from getting into trouble or into less socially desirable activities. 
 
Background Nashville Burners Youth Basketball, Inc. is an organization committed to building character, integrity and self confidence in youths through competition in basketball on a local, state and national level. It was organized as a Tennessee not-for-profit corporation in 2nd Q 2008, but its organizers and officers have previously operated a basketball team on a volunteer, non-incorporated basis.

The Nashville Burners basketball team (the “Burners”) has been operating for seven  years under the leadership and coaching of William S. Cummings and William S. Cummings, Jr. The Burners have competed in tournaments under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the Youth Basketball Organization of America (YBOA), and Youth Incorporated (YI) among others.

The organization currently has 3 teams consisting of players in the 9 year old, 10 year old, and 11 year old bracket in 2008 – 2009. The youth players have come from the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County (Tennessee) area, as well as from adjacent counties in Middle Tennessee.

Impact
Accomplishments of the last year include:
1.   The Burners placed 3rd in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) State Tournament for the 11 yr. old age bracket.
2.   The Burners placed 1st in the Youth Basketball Association of America (YBOA) State Tournament  for the 11 yr. old age bracket.
3.   The Burners have qualified to play in both the AAU and the YBOA National Tournaments for 2009. 
4.   The organization has provided an opportunity for several of its youth players who come from single parent homes to learn from and be guided by positive male role models filled by the coaches, and provide some respite time for the single parent. 
5.   The Burners conducted several fund-raisers, such as candy bar sales, which are carried out by the players and supervised by the coaches and parents.  This teaches the kids responsibility and the value of hard work.
6.   The organization added two more teams this year.  In addition to the team in the 11 year old division, there is now a Burners team in the 9 year old division and 10 year old division.
 
Goals for next year include:
1.   Achieve or surpass the level of competitive accomplishments realized in 2009.
2.   Continue to recruit new team members who can benefit from the guidance and instruction provided by the Burners.
3.   Increase and improve fund-raising events by the youth players, guided by the coaches and parents, to enable the team to attend state and national tournaments.
4.   Host a summer basketball camp for youths in the Nashville area.
5.   Host one or more basketball tournaments as a fundraiser to benefit the Burners and off-set expenses.
6.   Add additioanl teams in different age divisions.
 
 
Needs
The most pressing need is for additional funding to off-set expenses and allow the Burners to provide additional benefits to the community.  Last year the team qualified to play  in the National AAU Basketball Tournament held in New Orleans, but could not attend due to the expenses involved.  In the absence of donations and contributions, the expenses can only be met by the parents of the players, which is not possible for many of the players' families.
 
If the organization is successful in reaching its goal of hosting a summer camp next year, there may also be a need for additional volunteers, since most of the players' parents would have to be working during the time the camps are held.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Make out checks to Nashville Burners Youth Basketball Inc.
2110 Burns St.
Nashville, TN 37216
 
Visit our website at www.nashvilleburners.org and click on the "Help Support Us" tab. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Basketball
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Tertiary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Amateur Sports Competitions
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
The organization is located in and primarily serves Davidson County.  Practices are currently held at Stratford High School, but in the recent past were also held at Dalewood Baptist Church and Dalewood Middle School in the East Nashville area of Davidson County (zip code 37216).
Most of the team members reside in Davidson County, but we also have players from Rutherford and Williamson counties. 
Board Chair Statement
I know from personal experience it is important to provide an opportunity for not only improving our players' athletic skills, but perhaps more importantly , to provide an opportunity for growth and development in areas of sportsmanship, integrity, team work and character.
 
I participated on a youth basketball team, and the experience is one of the most important and positive in my life.  It is exactly this experience that has motivated me to dedicate my time and energy to the Nashville Burners.  I do not have a biological child on the team, (although I consider all of the players "my kids") and my only motivation is to help these youth players to grow, mature and develop.
 
I am also fortunate and blessed to work alongside my father, who is also a coach of the team.  He served as one my coaches when I played, and having the opportunity to now coach with him is rewarding for me personally, and his experience and guidance is a great benefit to our players as well.  So this is now a second generation organization, although we have operated it on a non-incorporated basis for several years until recently.
 
We have enjoyed many successes, including qualifying for the National AAU Basketball Tournament for the past two consecutive years.  But the vision for the future includes many goals and challenges.  We want to grow and expand into areas beyond just competing on the basketball court.  We envision a summer camp, hosting basketball tournaments, and expanding the number of teams into more age divisions.  To meet these goals, we need funding, that is only available through the generosity of donors and foundations whose goals are consistent with those of the Nashville Burners Youth Basketball, Inc.
CEO Statement
I know from personal experience it is important to provide an opportunity for not only improving our players' athletic skills, but perhaps more importantly , to provide an opportunity for growth and development in areas of sportsmanship, integrity, team work and character.
 
I participated on a youth basketball team, and the experience is one of the most important and positive in my life.  It is exactly this experience that has motivated me to dedicate my time and energy to the Nashville Burners.  I do not have a biological child on the team, (although I consider all of the players "my kids") and my only motivation is to help these youth players to grow, mature and develop.
 
I am also fortunate and blessed to work alongside my father, who is also a coach of the team.  He served as one my coaches when I played, and having the opportunity to now coach with him is rewarding for me personally, and his experience and guidance is a great benefit to our players as well.  So this is now a second generation organization, although we have operated it on a non-incorporated basis for several years until recently.
Programs
Description
The Nashville Burners basketball team (the "Burners") has been operating for 12 years under the leadership and coaching of William S. Cummings and William S. Cummings, Jr.  The Burners have competed in tournaments under the auspices of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the Youth Basketball Organization of America (YBOA), and Youth Incorporated (YI), among others.
 
The organization currently has seven teams, consisting of players in grades 3rd-9th.  The young players come from Davidson County, as well as from adjacent counties in Middle Tennessee.
 
Team accomplishments within the past year include: (1) placing 3rd in the AAU State Tournament for the 11 year old division; (2) placing 1st in the YBOA State Tournament for the 11 year old division; (3) qualifying for both the AAU and the YBOA National Basketball Tournaments.
 
In addition to its success on the basketball court, the organization has provided an opportunity for several of its players who come form single family homes to learn from and be guided by positive male role models filled by the coaches, and has provided some respite time for the single parents. 
Category
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CEO Comments
I know from personal experience it is important to provide an opportunity for not only improving our players' athletic skills, but perhaps more importantly , to provide an opportunity for growth and development in areas of sportsmanship, integrity, team work and character.
 
I participated on a youth basketball team, and the experience is one of the most important and positive in my life.  It is exactly this experience that has motivated me to dedicate my time and energy to the Nashville Burners.  I do not have a biological child on the team, (although I consider all of the players "my kids") and my only motivation is to help these youth players to grow, mature and develop.
 
I am also fortunate and blessed to work alongside my father, who is also a coach of the team.  He served as one my coaches when I played, and having the opportunity to now coach with him is rewarding for me personally, and his experience and guidance is a great benefit to our players as well.  So this is now a second generation organization, although we have operated it on a non-incorporated basis for several years until recently.
 
We have enjoyed many successes, including qualifying for the National AAU Basketball Tournament for the past two consecutive years.  But the vision for the future includes many goals and challenges.  We want to grow and expand into areas beyond just competing on the basketball court.  We envision a summer camp, hosting basketball tournaments, and expanding the number of teams into more age divisions.  To meet these goals, we need funding, that is only available through the generosity of donors and foundations whose goals are consistent with those of the Nashville Burners Youth Basketball, Inc.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. William S. Cummings Jr.
Company Affiliation President
Term Aug 2008 to Aug 2018
Email wscummingsjr@yahoo.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr Thomas Coleman Vice President
Trehon Coleman
Mr. William S. Cummings Jr.Community Volunteer
Mr. William S. Cummings Community Volunteer
Mrs. Vanessa Cummings Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
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 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Thomas Coleman
Company Affiliation Vice President
Term Aug 2008 to Aug 2018
Email tcoleman@nashvilleburners.org
CEO Comments
I know from personal experience it is important to provide an opportunity for not only improving our players' athletic skills, but perhaps more importantly , to provide an opportunity for growth and development in areas of sportsmanship, integrity, team work and character.
 
I participated on a youth basketball team, and the experience is one of the most important and positive in my life.  It is exactly this experience that has motivated me to dedicate my time and energy to the Nashville Burners.  I do not have a biological child on the team, (although I consider all of the players "my kids") and my only motivation is to help these youth players to grow, mature and develop.
 
I am also fortunate and blessed to work alongside my father, who is also a coach of the team.  He served as one my coaches when I played, and having the opportunity to now coach with him is rewarding for me personally, and his experience and guidance is a great benefit to our players as well.  So this is now a second generation organization, although we have operated it on a non-incorporated basis for several years until recently.
 
We have enjoyed many successes, including qualifying for the National AAU Basketball Tournament for the past two consecutive years.  But the vision for the future includes many goals and challenges.  We want to grow and expand into areas beyond just competing on the basketball court.  We envision a summer camp, hosting basketball tournaments, and expanding the number of teams into more age divisions.  To meet these goals, we need funding, that is only available through the generosity of donors and foundations whose goals are consistent with those of the Nashville Burners Youth Basketball, Inc.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. William Cummings Jr.
Term Start Aug 2008
Email wscummingsjr@yahoo.com
Experience William S. Cummings, Jr. has bean involved with operating the Nashville Burners basketball team for 12 years.  Prior to August 2008, it was operated as a non-incorporated entity.  For the past year, Mr. Cummings has served as President and Chairman of the Board. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 10
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
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? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
CEO Comments The organization has no employees, paid staff or paid management.  The nature of the organization is such that there are no real management requirements or challenges, other than conducting day to day operation, team practices, travel to and form games, and coaching.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $7,000.00
Projected Expenses $7,000.00
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Exemption Letter
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
nashville burners youth basketball 2009 budget2009
Organization Comments Our biggest challenge is raising enough donations and contributions to meet our expenses.  Having received our IRS tax exempt status in April 2009, we are making every effort to get our organization before as many potential donors and grant issuers as possible.  This is especially challenging with no paid or full time staff. 
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
This organization files a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.
 
Comment provided by Beth Groves 3/2013
Nonprofit Nashville Burners Youth Basketball, Inc.
Address 2110 Burns Avenue
Nashville, TN 37216
Primary Phone (615) 945-4550
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William Cummings Jr.
Board Chair Mr. William S. Cummings Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Year of Incorporation 2008

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