Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc.
C/O Ben Miller
525 4th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37210
Mission Statement

The Alliance for Green Hills, Inc. works to UNIFY neighborhood stakeholders, CREATE beautiful, functional spaces & BUILD a better Green Hills for all. The Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc., aims to implement community plans for the betterment of all who live, work & play in Green Hills. Our major areas of improvement include: multi-modal transportation & traffic, streetscape, access to open community spaces, community education & beautification.  

 
Initiatives for 2016-2017 include wayfinding signs for Green Hills, community education on transportation challenges, and a Jolly Trolley route in Green Hills for the holidays. 
 
Please join us in helping to improve Green Hills NOW by donating to the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc. Thank you in advance for your contributions & please join us – www.alliance4greenhills.com.
 
More about our mission:
 
The cornerstone of our organization is high quality educational programming on community planning. We hold monthly meetings on pertinent issues such as transportation & traffic. Our agenda always includes an update from our Metro government representatives. We welcome residents, developers, government & business representatives. By bringing everyone to the table, we elevate our understanding of current community plans & we become better prepared to seek solutions.  
 
Building on a year of educational programming, we are ready to implement changes. Better walkability, biking, auto & transit options are all part of the picture, along with enhancements to existing community spaces, including greenspaces. A "healthy" neighborhood is one that contributes to the city as a well-functioning artery, while also contributing to the wellness of those who live, work and play here. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ed Cole
Board Chair Mr. Ed Cole
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $14,675.00
Projected Annual Revenue $16,750.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission

The Alliance for Green Hills, Inc. works to UNIFY neighborhood stakeholders, CREATE beautiful, functional spaces & BUILD a better Green Hills for all. The Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc., aims to implement community plans for the betterment of all who live, work & play in Green Hills. Our major areas of improvement include: multi-modal transportation & traffic, streetscape, access to open community spaces, community education & beautification.  

 
Initiatives for 2016-2017 include wayfinding signs for Green Hills, community education on transportation challenges, and a Jolly Trolley route in Green Hills for the holidays. 
 
Please join us in helping to improve Green Hills NOW by donating to the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc. Thank you in advance for your contributions & please join us – www.alliance4greenhills.com.
 
More about our mission:
 
The cornerstone of our organization is high quality educational programming on community planning. We hold monthly meetings on pertinent issues such as transportation & traffic. Our agenda always includes an update from our Metro government representatives. We welcome residents, developers, government & business representatives. By bringing everyone to the table, we elevate our understanding of current community plans & we become better prepared to seek solutions.  
 
Building on a year of educational programming, we are ready to implement changes. Better walkability, biking, auto & transit options are all part of the picture, along with enhancements to existing community spaces, including greenspaces. A "healthy" neighborhood is one that contributes to the city as a well-functioning artery, while also contributing to the wellness of those who live, work and play here. 
Background
The Alliance for Green Hills, Inc. started as a meeting of concerned citizens in December of 2014. In response to an increasingly fractured neighborhood and in the face of progress versus preservation, stakeholders from both sides of the aisle decided to meet and discuss what could be done to move forward with improving the neighborhood. We all realized that we could accomplish great things by working together. 
 
With all stakeholders at the table - residents, developers, businesses and government - we have started the process of "understanding the problem" through a study of community plans. The monthly meetings have provided a forum for education and an opportunity to discuss solutions. 
 
Now, we have a membership list of over 425 and it keeps growing. The Green Hills neighborhood is still somewhat fractured in its identity, but our group is working to build a sense of common purpose.  
 
Our number one goal is to improve multi-modal transportation and traffic in Green Hills. Although Green Hills sits along Hillsboro Pike, a vital corridor, it is not functioning in a way that serves the neighborhood or the city.  Our group is taking the approach that building a better neighborhood with complete streets and better pedestrian connectivity is an important piece of the traffic-relieving solution. In addition, we identified the need for more significant funding to actualize the Area Transportation Plan in NashvilleNext (the 25-year community plan for Nashville).  
 
Along with transportation and traffic, our outreach to neighborhood stakeholders has yielded an incredible relationship with our neighborhood high school, Hillsboro High School. The campus at the heart of our neighborhood is due for a major renovation. Through engaging with the students, parents and staff, we are uncovering opportunities to build unity through the arts and through mentorship programs. 
 
The Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc. will work towards funding these and other initiatives related to education, transportation, beautification and other community-building projects of the Alliance for Green Hills, Inc. 
 
 
Impact
1. We have build a mailing list of over 350 people who care about Green Hills. Through our mailing list, we distribute a monthly newsletter to inform the community of important events and opportunities for outreach. 
 
2. We have offered high-quality educational programming on community planning through our monthly meetings.
 
3. We have successfully forged relationships with developers, residents, government and businesses. Through these relationships, we are beginning to target specific issues that need attention and we are bringing all stakeholders to the table to discuss solutions.
 
For the current year, our top goals are related to greenspace and multi-modal transportation.
 
1. We are seeking private funding to support improvements to Green Hills Park and other greenspaces.
 
2. We plan to offer a Transportation Summit to study and simulate specific traffic-relieving measures in Green Hills. 
 
3.  We are looking for ways to fund a wayfinding sign system in Green Hills in the commercial area. 
 
4.  We are exploring traditional grants for multi-modal transportation improvements. We are also exploring unconventional ways to improve pedestrian connectivity and pedestrian safety, such as the creation of a temporary "walking district" within the business district of Green Hills.
 
5. We are working with our local high school to support plans for renovation of the campus and to support their programs. 
Needs
1. We are seeking donations to fund a wayfinding sign program in Green Hills. The first phase of pedestrian-scale wayfinding in the core of Green Hills will cost approximately $15K.
 
2. We need to start building a beautification fund to address issues with installation and maintenance of landscaping on pedestrian walkways, addition of lamp post lighting, etc. which will make pedestrians more likely to use sidewalks in the business district, rather than the car. Range of costs for these types of improvements is fairly wide - every donation helps!
 
3. We are always looking for ways to support access to greenspaces, like our area public parks. This year, we are holding our second annual festival at the Green Hills Park (J.T. Moore).  We are seeking donations of all sizes for park improvements!
 
4. We need funding to continue to offer educational programming and community-building events.  We keep costs rather modest for educational programs. A budget of $2K for the next year would go far. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
We welcome in-kind donations and volunteer help. The best way to get involved is to visit our website and sign up for our mailing list. Through the mailing list, we distribute a monthly newsletter, as well as notifications of monthly meetings and special events.  Monetary donations may be made via our website. 
 
To register for our mailing list and to learn more about volunteer opportunities: http://all4greenhills.com/new-member-registration.
 
To link directly to our giving page: http://all4greenhills.com/giving. 
 
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Secondary Organization Category Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations / Public Foundations
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
The Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc., serves all who live, work and play in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, TN.  
CEO Statement
Without the funding to bridge the gap between plans and implementation, we are losing opportunities to implement changes. This organization is uniquely positioned to provide a private-public partnership to facilitate changes sooner rather than later.
 
Through the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, we hope to continue to provide educational programming. However, we want to expand our efforts to fund traffic and transportation studies for Green Hills. We want to fund site-specific plans to support multi-modal transportation in key areas of the commercial district. We also want to establish a fund to address beautification and planning needs on an ad hoc basis. 
Programs
Description
Improving transportation is the number one issue facing the Green Hills neighborhood. The Transportation Summit was our focus on transportation for early 2017.  It was a presentation to the community which combined studies and simulations to show traffic improvements to Green Hills. The business district of Green Hills has become a bottleneck for traffic for the region; it creates traffic problems for commuters and residents, alike. Many of the solutions are costly, such as the realignment of key intersections, and it is difficult for the community to support one solution or another without first understanding the data. The proposed Transportation Summit collected, analyzed and presented data on key traffic improvements.  The transportation fund would be used to follow-up on continued community education and transportation-related programs, such as the Jolly Trolley route - a compact trolley route in Green Hills over the holidays. 
 
The transportation fund might also be used to apply for grants to implement improvements in the Area Transportation Plan (adopted into NashvilleNext, the community plan for the next 25 years). 
Budget 10000
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Description The Streetscape Improvements project encompasses the efforts to make pedestrian connectivity a more realistic option in the business district. If the pedestrian walkways are not pleasant, accessible and easy-to-find, people will simply take their car instead of walking. The first level of Streetscape Improvements include: wayfinding signs, trees, landscaping, benches, lighting and access to green space.  The first phase of the wayfinding program would provide pedestrian-level maps on attractive, identity-creating kiosks; the budget for this first phase is $15,000 (the design fee is $5.6K of this amount).
Budget 15000
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Description The Educational Programming is focused on community planning in Green Hills and Nashville. By keeping the community informed with monthly meetings and newsletters, the stakeholders come to the table with a common understanding of how we might implement key projects within our current community plans. 
Budget 2500
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Description
In the fall of 2017, we are holding the second annual festival in Green Hills Park (J.T. Moore) to raise money for improvements. The Friends of Green Hills Park has a "wish list" for playground equipment (approximately $20K), fitness courses, a dog park, benches and water fountains.
 
The beautification fund will also be used to address a common obstacle to landscaping improvements: questions about who will maintain any improvements. Through the beautification fund, we will work to ensure that any investments in landscaping will be properly maintained. The proposed community greenspaces at Hillsboro High School and our area parks would also benefit from a private funding source to address ongoing improvement and maintenance needs. 
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CEO Comments
We see the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc., as an organization that could truly make a difference in our community. With so many community plans and so much to do, we need to have a pool of funds at the ready to make things happen in our community. We simply cannot wait much longer to address issues with transportation and traffic, streetscape and pedestrian connectivity. Green Hills is growing fast, as is the city of Nashville, and we need to make improvements big and small to ensure that our multi-modal transportation systems are functioning properly for today and tomorrow.
 
In addition to transportation and traffic, it is essential that we continue the community-building efforts of the past year. Forging relationships between the various stakeholders - the developers, residents, businesses and government - this is crucial to the continued vitality of our neighborhood and city.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ed Cole
Term Mar 2016 to Jan 2018
Email EdCole1@me.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Ed Cole Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Elizabeth Miller Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Carey Morgan Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Susannah Scott-Barnes AshBlueVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
CEO Comments
While the Alliance for Green Hills, Inc., has held board meetings since the fall of 2015, the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc. received its determination letter on March 11, 2016. The governance of the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc., is now underway. Our volunteer leadership also serves as leadership of the Alliance for Green Hills, Inc. and therefore has a well-settled communication style and clear sense of the strengths of each volunteer leader. We are all quite accustomed to working together.  
 
Our greatest challenge is to focus our improvement efforts in a single direction. Through the Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc., our project-based funding for multi-modal transportation improvements in 2016-2017 will help us retain focus on transportation and traffic issues.
 
Note: We have not elected to choose a chairperson of the board. 
 
Note: We do not have board selection criteria other than what is contained in the bylaws, that a board member shall be natural persons 18 or over, but not necessarily residents of the State of Tennessee. 
 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Ed Cole
Term Start Aug 2015
Email edcole1@me.com
Experience Ed Cole is the President of the Board of the Alliance for Green Hills. Ed has lived in the Green Hills area for over 40 years. Before retiring, Ed worked for both Metro Nashville and for the State of Tennessee. His most recent state position was Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Ed was the first executive director of two Middle Tennessee non-profit organizations, Cumberland Region Tomorrow and the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. Ed’s wife, Pat, is the scholarship coordinator for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, with offices in Green Hills. Ed’s son, Erik, a graduate of Hillsboro High School, is Director of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment in the office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. His daughter-in-law, Jen, is Director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.
Co-CEO
Experience
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 13
Contractors 0
CEO Comments
Our organization is volunteer-led and managed. We do not offer compensation for our leadership. Our small group of dedicated volunteers serve as officers and board members. With a mailing list of over 425, we have varied levels of volunteer engagement in specific projects. As a new organization, we are starting the process of expanding our volunteer base and engaging with partners in the area to accomplish our goals. 
 
The Alliance for Green Hills Foundation held its Annual Meeting on June 24, 2016 to discuss strategies for engaging with our community. Our task is to convey how our organization is uniquely positioned to forge public/private partnerships that can enact change sooner rather than later. 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $16,750.00
Projected Expenses $14,675.00
Detailed Financials
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Assets and Liabilities
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Form 990s
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
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
AGH Foundation Budget2017
Alliance for Green Hills Foundation 2016 Budget2016
Organization Comments Our volunteers have spent countless hours over the past year uniting the neighborhood stakeholders through quality educational programming on community planning issues. This year, the group is focusing on transportation and traffic. We seek solutions to address the challenges to multi-modal transportation, and through this new foundation, we plan to raise money to address key, focused initiatives.  With a group that is entirely a volunteer organization, we do not have significant costs related to operations. Most of our costs are calculated upon the projected cost of specific initiatives. 
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments

This organization filed 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 Kathryn Bennett 6/30/17.

Nonprofit Alliance for Green Hills Foundation, Inc.
Address C/O Ben Miller
525 4th Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37210
Primary Phone (615) 838-2659
Contact Email admin@all4greenhills.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Ed Cole
Board Chair Mr. Ed Cole
Year of Incorporation 2015

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