Alignment Nashville
21 White Bridge Road
Suite 201
Nashville TN 37205
Mission Statement

Alignment Nashville has created a system to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville's youth has a positive impact on public school success, children's health, and the success of our community as a whole.

CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Melissa Jaggers
Board Chair Kent Fourman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Permanent General Insurance
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $2,819,117.00
Projected Annual Revenue $2,826,364.00 (2018)

Alignment Nashville has created a system to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville's youth has a positive impact on public school success, children's health, and the success of our community as a whole.

In the past, over 175 nonprofit organizations worked in the schools and community individually; while each organization provided much-needed services, the problems facing public schools education and our children are far too complex for any single organization to address in isolation.
Alignment Nashville has developed a unique model of collaboration that aligns the resources of these organizations to the Metro Nashville Public Schools strategic plan and to community strategic plans, thereby aligning all of the city's resources toward common goals. AN was developed to ensure all the services children need are provided to them in an effective and efficient way that complements their education, health and well-being, and the goals of the public schools. Through community-wide collaboration among schools, non-profits, businesses, and the public sector, AN creates the synergy necessary for sustained improvement in public education and children's health. This collaboration provides the following advantages:

• Greater returns on investment-by working together toward common goals, resources are leveraged, duplication is avoided, and efficiency is greatly increased.

• Higher-quality services-utilizing expertise from multiple organizations guarantees a broader perspective and a wiser approach.

• Enhanced capacity-very few organizations have the capacity to have community-wide impact. A collective effort enhances the impact of each of organization, while generating a much greater overall impact.

• Leverage of local funding-AN programs have demonstrated they can attract large national funding, increasing the impact of the local funding that played a role in building the pilot programs.

Impact Alignment Nashville is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created to align community organizations and resources so that their coordinated support of Nashville's youth has a positive impact on public school success, children's health, and the success of our community as a whole. What sets Alignment Nashville apart is our integrated principles, structure, process, and technology.

Principles: Alignment Nashville is guided by Operating Principles, which were defined by the organization’s founders in 2004.

Structure: Alignment Nashville is governed by a Board of Directors, which appoints an Operating Board to oversee Alignment Teams (A-Teams), or “Design & Implementation Teams.” This structure provides varying levels of involvement, leadership and sustainability, engaging a wide range of stakeholders in different ways. This structure also insulates the organization from changes in leadership in any one stakeholder group.

Process: Alignment Nashville’s process ensures that A-Teams are making progress toward systemic change. Alignment Nashville staff guides the A-Teams through each phase of the process. Each A-Team first creates a Tactical Plan (1) to align to common goals to address a community issue, then uses the Invitation to Participate™ (2) process to align resources and engage the broader community in the effort. The A-Team oversees implementation of the initiative (3), and gathers data to determine the impact and need for scale-up (4). If the effort has achieved the desired impact and systemic change, it is institutionalized (5) in the community and/or the school district.

Technology: Since its inception, Alignment Nashville has used technology to support its collaborative work. However, as new technology has emerged, Alignment Nashville recognized the opportunity to combine knowledge management, content management, and project management into a powerful collaborative tool – ComCoefficient – that powers the principles, structure and process of Alignment Nashville.
Develop Broad Community Involvement: Continue engaging the community in the alignment process by creating opportunities for organizations to connect networks, communicate with each other, and collaborate and coordinate in delivering programs and services to Nashville's youth.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Management & Technical Assistance
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development / Management & Technical Assistance
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Alignment Nashville serves Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County. 
Board Chair Statement

"We’re better together. Most of us believe this, but living this out every day is not easy. That’s why I’m passionate about the work of Alignment Nashville, which brings community partners and schools together to improve the education and health of our community’s youth.

I’ve been involved with Alignment Nashville since 2006, and I have seen amazing things occur thanks to the dedication of our community and the willingness of partners to set individual agendas aside to support our children. Through my work with Alignment Nashville, I’ve had a front-row seat for transformative initiatives like the Academies of Nashville, the integration of social-emotional learning, and more.

As we look to the future, it is crucial to continue our work together. The problems facing our children and our community are far too complex for any single organization to solve alone. While we have made great strides in recent years, much work remains to ensure all of our children have what they need to succeed. We have the resources in our community to make this happen; we just need to remain committed to working together, rising above our differences, and focusing on the success of our children."

-Kent Fourman, Alignment Nashville Board Chair 
CEO Statement


More than ten years ago, a city came together to shape what we now call Alignment Nashville.


Commitment, dedication, a spirit of innovation, good will, a shared sense of vision, open communication and hard work by the mayor’s office, the chamber, not-for-profit organizations, and the Alignment board and staff led to a strategic approach that today supports the challenge faced by Metro Schools daily: EDUCATING OUR YOUTH.

We believe that we are better together – and Alignment Nashville provides as way for the community to work together to improve the education and health of our community’s youth.

Alignment Nashville has been the starting point for many collaborative initiatives that were implemented by a variety of community partners resulting in some incredible success stories in our first decade including:

· The Academies of Nashville was conceived by the school district administration. The Alignment Nashville High School Team of community and school partners worked together to define ways the community would support the effort. Today, operating on their own, the Academies of Nashville are a model to the country.

· Developing Community Leaders, (DCL) engages students who are natural leaders, but might be leading in negative ways, in a rigorous college-level study of leadership. It channels their leadership into a positive force for the community. More than 1,500 young leaders from 10 high schools have participated with visible, dramatic change for them and the community.

· Creating a culture of wellness an initiative of the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Team at Glencliff High School in 2008 attracted more than 15 health organizations to participate. . The Healthways Foundation provided funding and it has indeed created a culture of wellness including a broad range of health services for the students and families of Glencliff.

· The Pre-K ITRAILs portal is the result of a decade of development by Pre-K Alignment Teams to ensure all of Nashville’s children are prepared for kindergarten. A wide range of resources, from the Essential Literature initiative to video clips for parents, are a few examples of the wealth of resources this initiative is providing.

· Parent University was the idea of school and community leaders that resulted in an annual event that impacts hundreds of families. It gathers experts from across the city to provide important education resources for parents. MNPS now houses a complete Parent Engagement initiative and the former Parent University – now Parent Engagement - Team supports their efforts through the Invitation to Participate ™ process.

· The Behavioral Health Team set the stage for a focus on “the whole child” while it focused on the social and emotional development of children as an important component to academic achievement. MNPS is a recognized leader in supporting the social emotional learning of children.

To find out more about Alignment Nashville, please visit our website at

Alignment Nashville convenes community-wide Alignment Teams (A-Teams) structured around MNPS grade levels -- Pre-Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and High School. The members of each of the A-Teams bring diverse perspectives — small non-profit, public school, city government, public health, higher education, large non-profit, and the business community — to create the most aligned, strategic tactical plans to achieve very ambitious goals.
AN grade-level collaborative initiatives currently include:
Pre-K- 8th Grade
High School
Academies of Nashville
Community Achieves 
For more information on the work of these A-Teams, please go to
Budget $200,000
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Long term Success The purpose of AN's grade-level committees is to bring community organizations and resources into alignment so that their coordinated support of Nashville’s youth has a positive impact on public school success and the success of our community as a whole. While some successes will be measured by academic gains, AN understands and designs for the whole child. Those children who are most in need of support are the central focus of the work of AN. This work will be ongoing and generational.
Alignment Nashville also convenes community-wide A-Teams to meet the needs of specific populations; these population-based A-Teams work to identify and align resources to meet the most pressing needs of the targeted population.
Integration of International Families 
16-24 Year-olds Out of School and Work
Family Engagement
Learning Technology 
Teacher Recruitment and Retention 

For more information on the work of these A-Teams, please go to
Budget $100,000
Population Served , ,
Alignment Nashville’s Children’s Health Initiative is a community-wide collaboration between Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Department of Public Health, and several other community and business partners.  Through the Alignment Nashville Children’s Health Initiative, these partners are leading six A-Teams that are addressing specific children’s health issues in an effort to make Nashville America’s Healthiest City for Children.
Adolescent Sexual Responsibility/Healthy Starts
Behavioral Health/Social-Emotional Learning
School Nutrition

For more information on the work of these committees, please go to
Budget $200,000
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Kent Fourman
Company Affiliation Permanent General Insurance
Term July 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
The Honorable Megan Barry Mayor of NashvilleVoting
Kyle Brantley NonVoting
Cheryl Carrier Ford Next Generation LearningVoting
Mary Cavarra IngramVoting
Tom Cigarran Healthways, Inc.Exofficio
Patrick Combs Voting
Kevin Crane Voting
Rev. Sonnye Dixon Hobson United Methodist ChurchVoting
Vince Durnan University School of NashvilleVoting
Robert C. Fisher Belmont UniversityVoting
Kent Fourman Permanent General CompaniesNonVoting
Marc Hill Nashville Area Chamber of CommerceVoting
Orrin H. Ingram Ingram IndustriesExofficio
Shawn Joseph Metro Nashville Public SchoolsVoting
Aileen Katcher Katcher Vaughn & Bailey PRVoting
Kenyatta Lovett Complete TennesseeVoting
Randy Lowry Lipscomb UniversityVoting
Adam Mark DeloitteVoting
Katherine McElroy c3 ConsultingVoting
William Paul MDMetropolitan Public Health DepartmentVoting
Scott Perry Memorial FoundationVoting
Mary Pierce Metro Board of EducationVoting
Joanne Pulles HCA FoundationVoting
Tom Ward Oasis CenterVoting
Caroline Young Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 10%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Melissa Jaggers
Term Start July 2016

Melissa came to Alignment Nashville in 2005 after serving as Director of Grant Development at Nashville State Community College for six years, where she worked to secure several federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and other sources. She also served as Nashville State's Director of Development, raising private funds for the institution and working with the Nashville State Foundation. Previously, Melissa was Director of Marketing at the Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, and Account Manager at Fletcher & Rowley Political Consulting. Melissa holds a BA in Political Science from Western Kentucky University.

Full Time Staff 11
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 800
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? No
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 1
When was Strategic Plan adopted? May 2012
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? No
Finalist - Frist Foundation Team Building AwardCNM Salute to Excellence2012
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Operations

Heather Chalos, Chief Operating Officer

Heather is a graduate of Belmont University and joined Alignment Nashville in 2012 after having worked in children's health for over twelve years.  Her experience includes non-profit management, medical practice management, volunteer management and grant writing.  Prior to joining Alignment Nashville, Heather's most recent work at Centennial Pediatrics included starting a program to provide incentives to employees for volunteering in their communities and was instrumental in the creation of the practice's non-profit foundation.  As Director of the Centennial Pediatrics Foundation, she directed fundraising efforts, collaborated with other non-profits and agencies and created a program designed to provide health and wellness education to families in faith-based and community centers.  Heather is proud to be a Reading is Fundamental (RIF) volunteer in MNPS Elementary Schools.
Title Vice President of Community Engagement
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $2,826,364.00
Projected Expenses $2,819,117.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$2,818,956$2,029,188$1,691,156
Total Expenses$2,705,303$2,107,711$1,663,647
Revenue Less Expenses$113,653($78,523)$27,509
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$350,011$250,000$250,000
Individual Contributions$1,184,069$211,414$806,480
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,322$1,855$106
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,241,172$1,755,518$1,343,391
Administration Expense$445,460$344,583$312,902
Fundraising Expense$18,671$7,611$7,353
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.961.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$675,425$458,144$418,265
Current Assets$651,164$410,094$355,077
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$272,523$168,895$50,493
Total Net Assets$402,902$289,249$367,772
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.392.437.03
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $1,282,554Program Revenue $794,986Contributions, Gifts and Grants $806,480
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $1,184,069Foundations and Corporations $770,933Registration Income $634,570
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $350,011Government Grants $225,000Government Contributions and Grants $250,000
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 Dec 2017
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations 2017 Financial Comments
Financials figures taken from 990. 
990 was prepared by Larry C. Howlett, CPA PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 4/26/17.
Nonprofit Alignment Nashville
Address 21 White Bridge Road
Suite 201
Nashville, TN 37205
Primary Phone (615) 585-8497
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Melissa Jaggers
Board Chair Kent Fourman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Permanent General Insurance
Year of Incorporation 2007

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