Beech Creek Ministries, Inc.
3101 Curtis Street
Nashville TN 37218-2819
Mission Statement
Assist in the educational, social and economical challenges faced by members of our community by providing programs and initiatives to address and eliminate these conditions.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John D. Garnett
Board Chair Mr. Davie Tucker Jr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $50,000.00 (2017)
Mission Assist in the educational, social and economical challenges faced by members of our community by providing programs and initiatives to address and eliminate these conditions.
Background The Center for Imagination (CFI) was born out of the youth ministry that started in 2006 as an afterschool tutoring program. The program was supported by retired teachers, business professionals, and individuals. Homework assistance was the main focus of the
program.  By 2008 Beech Creek Ministries Inc. was formed
and the Center for Imagination was established to assist students from Pre-K
through 12th grade.   The program had expanded to include field trips, professional guest speakers, attending cultural events all to enhance academic achievement and cultural self awareness. Serving primarily the NW Bordueax Nashville area, CFI went to a two-day a week format during the 2011-2012 school year. Activities included homework assistance, one-on-one tutoring, ACT and SAT prep assistance, and a greater emphasis with students on literacy, and reading comprehension.  

In 2012-
2013 CFI was selected as an Anchor Partner for the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) afterschool program for middle school students. CFI expanded to four days a week offering students attending Joelton, IT Creswell, and Brick Church Middle school an opportunity
to enhance their skills, grades, and social interaction. 
Proudly, CFI has continued to offer the NAZA program  2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 school year to the middle school students in Joelton, IT Creswell, and Haynes. CFI has continued to grow to meet the needs of all the youth in the community.
Children who are considered “at risk” seem to have one thing in common; poverty and its effects. These children are more likely to drop out of school, get put out of school, and/or have a negative encounter with the justice system. All of which increases the likelihood of perpetuating the effects of poverty in their communities and their families.  Studies have shown that when the effects of poverty can be mitigated, there is a corresponding increase in their academic performance. The Center for Imagination (CFI) seeks to mitigate the effects of poverty for the children in our program, thereby increasing their academic performance and the likelihood of graduation by focusing on the following three goals:

Accomplishment #1 - Creating a strong sense of self, by engaging in activities and programs that promote healthy psychological and personality development.  CFI continued successfully to offer The Courage To Be program to the middle school students through specific project activities, guest speakers, literacy book reading, and exercises that focused on self-awareness and self-esteem building  activities.

Accomplishment #2 - Expand one's worldview. CFI continued to exposed our students to the arts, music, history, science, and current events.  In the past to years, CFI has conducted an entrepreneurship project, automotive classes, creative writing, engaged in media production, a financial literacy series, and more.  CFI enhanced its literacy efforts by providing a literacy coach, specific literacy activities, and partnering with other organizations such as the National Black Child Development Institute.

Accomplishment #3 - Assist them in making choices that will allow them to take care of themselves and one other person. CFI continued to expose our children to college, and the many trades and professions that do not require a college degree, but can provide a stable income and a sense of accomplishment.

If you are raised up in poverty, one is impacted by health related matters.  During the school year our Healthy Bodies Lead to Healthy Minds model was expanded with a health information project.  The project was supported by the United Health Foundation in  partnership with the National Medical Fellowship Diverse Medical Scholars Program with  the goal of increasing the conversation of health related matters with our children, parents, homes, and the community.

In order to meet the challenges to provide a high quality afterschool program,  Beech Creek Ministries goals are to: attract and retain quality paid staff, fund creative new, expand existing programs, and update technological tools.
Needs Updating computer technology, 35 passenger bus, Volunteers, Enhancement Partners that can expose our youth to various careers, businesses, and professions.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Center for Imagination (CFI) afterschool program seeks to offset the effects of poverty with our children with a three-fold purpose; creating a strong sense of self, expanding their world view, and assisting them in making choices that will allow them to take care of themselves and one other person.

In order to impact and aid in transforming a persons life, it takes  community help through volunteerism.  An African Bondei proverb states, "Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable".  One of the greatest challenges Beech Creek Ministry has is getting volunteers to assist us in supporting the needs of our youth.  The capacity to grow is contingent on those in the community who can take the time to help others.  Beech Creek Ministries is always in need of homework helpers, literacy coaches, and more.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community & Neighbourhood Development
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Beech Creek Ministries, Inc., serves the Northwest Nashville area also known as Bordeaux.
CEO Statement The Center for Imagination (CFI) strives to go beyond the classroom routine to offer students a variety of avenues to 1) enhance their academic skills through creative learning games and computer technology that focuses  on math, literacy, and science, 2) exposing our youth to the world around them by bringing in speakers from different professions, taking on various projects such as entrepreneurship, introducing them to gardening, hands-on activities, 3) focusing on their social and emotional development through cultural awareness sessions, field trips to help them to learn how to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions.  

What makes CFI unique - Over ninety-eight percent of the youth that participates in the CFI program live below the proverty line, and are considered "at risk". CFI places a lot of emphasis on engaging with the parents and having activities that include them such as our Family Literacy Night, making home visits, monitoring class room performance, and developing trusting relationships. Ultimately, if we strengthen the family, the child improves his or her behavior, their relationships with their peers, and academic performance.
 The Center for Imagination (CFI) is designed to expose our youth to the world around us, assist in academic development, cultural self awareness, and aid in developing social and emotional learning skills  to manage emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions. 
CFI meets Monday through Thursday working with Pre-K through 12th grade students. CFI strives to go beyond the classroom routine to offer students various avenues to enhance their academic skills, their world view, and personal development through hands-on activities, learning games, one-on-one tutoring, field trips, special projects, and use of computer technology.   CFI provides a snack,  hot meal, and transportation. The program is staffed with a program director, work study students, and volunteers.

Population Served , ,
CEO Comments The Center for Imagination(CFI) has seen tremendous growth since 2008.   CFI has served over 700 students since the inception of the program.  CFI is an anchor partner for the Nashville After Zone Alliance(NAZA) program for the fifth year in the North West Nashville Bordueax area.   Being an anchor partner for NAZA has given CFI opportunities to provide creative and innovative programs for the youth in the community. It also created opportunities to expand our outreach efforts and has presented challenges for continued adequate program funding, increase staff support, the need for more materials and resource tools to work with students, transportation needs to provide the services needed to help effect change and improvements.

Our program staff members make every effort to reach out in the community for volunteers, professional assistance, and collaborative efforts to meet the needs of our families. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Davie Tucker Jr.
Term Jan 2008 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mr. John D. Garnett Voting
Ms. Yvonne Sanders Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 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 3%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 3%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Standing Committees
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. John D. Garnett
Term Start Jan 2008
Experience John D. Garnett, Retired was a Child Care Business Services Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Human Services. John assisted child care owners and operators in the start-up, expansion, and the organizational improvement of a child care facility. He was formally the Executive Director of the Tennessee Child Care Facilities Corporation with the responsibility of administering loan guarantees, direct loans, and corporate/community partnership grants.   John developed state-wide professional development programs for contractors, elementary and high school student youth entrepreneurship, and with early childhood educators.  He coordinated efforts to develop an emergency preparedness plan and initiative for child care facilities across the state. Participant’s on advisory committees. He has been a presenter in local, state, and national seminars, workshops, and conferences. John is married with three sons, and eight grand children.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 10
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 98%
National Black Child Development Institute2014
Center for Nonprofit Management CEO Network2014
Senior Staff
Title Program Director
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $50,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$28,972$27,031$13,953
Administration Expense$18,387$11,260$18,799
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.060.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%71%43%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,798$3,051$3,769
Current Assets$4,798$3,051$3,769
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$4,798$3,051$3,769
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $33,140Program Revenue $30,439Program Services $26,082
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $13,093Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $10,006Government Grants $3,097
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,840
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 2018
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations permit
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
Projected Budget2017
BCM Projected Budget2016
Beech Creek Ministries 2015 Budget2015
Projected Budget2014 Financial Comments Financial figures taken from Form 990.
Form 990 was prepared internally by the nonprofit.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 3/22/17.
Nonprofit Beech Creek Ministries, Inc.
Address 3101 Curtis Street
Nashville, TN 37218 2819
Primary Phone (615) 255-6277
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John D. Garnett
Board Chair Mr. Davie Tucker Jr.
Year of Incorporation 2008

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