Tennessee World Affairs Council - Preview
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville TN 37212-3757
Mission Statement
The mission of the Tennessee World Affairs Council is: To promote, on a non-partisan basis, understanding of important international issues, throughout the community and with a special focus on the region's schools. Council members believe better community education in world affairs is necessary for sound democratic citizenship. They work to present unbiased facts from expert sources and realistic appraisals to foster free and informed discussions of problems, issues and conditions that transcend the boundaries of the United States.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Patrick Ryan
Board Chair Mr. Patrick William Ryan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Naval Officer International Affairs
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $33,155.00
Projected Annual Revenue $53,000.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission The mission of the Tennessee World Affairs Council is: To promote, on a non-partisan basis, understanding of important international issues, throughout the community and with a special focus on the region's schools. Council members believe better community education in world affairs is necessary for sound democratic citizenship. They work to present unbiased facts from expert sources and realistic appraisals to foster free and informed discussions of problems, issues and conditions that transcend the boundaries of the United States.
Background
The Tennessee World Affairs Council was incorporated on February 14, 2007 as a non profit educational charity with the mission of delivering global awareness programs and resources to communities and especially schools in Tennessee.
 
It was founded by community members from a cross section of professions who were concerned about the lack of knowledge about world affairs among Americans. Among the evidence that concerned them was the results of a 2006 National Geographic/Roper survey in which, among other shortfalls, only 37% of 18-24 year olds could find Iraq on a map, three years into the war.
 
After opening the doors of its office in Cookeville, Tennessee on May 1, 2007 the Council became a member of the national network of World Affairs Councils, all independent, non partisan organizations that share the same goal to bring global awareness programs to Americans. By affiliating with the WACA network the Tennessee Council became eligible to share the national programs with local schools and communities that would not have been able to access these resources otherwise.
 
The Tennessee World Affairs Council delivered programs and resources to the Upper Cumberland region of the state in its first few years but soon developed a state-wide charter as teachers, students and organizations that could not access the Councils' network program sought out international education opportunities.
 
In July 2015 the Council announced its relaunch from Nashville hosted at the Belmont University Campus. The TN WAC will provide international education awareness opportunities to the Nashville and Middle Tennessee communities and schools, but will continue to serve state-wide needs through remotely deliverable programs and visits from speakers and program providers. 
 
In 2016 the Council moved into its current office at 1513 Compton Avenue in Nashville. The facility is provided by Belmont University and shared with Sister Cities of Nashville.
Impact

The Tennessee World Affairs Council (TN WAC) is the first non profit educational charity to develop and deliver global awareness programs and resources in the State of Tennessee, in association with about 95 independent councils in the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) network. The impact of TN WAC programs, such as distinguished visiting speakers to schools and civic organizations, academic competitions for high schools, facilitated discussion groups and more, cannot be overstated at a time when American knowledge of global affairs is poor and the challenges that face the United States, especially the next generation are so great.  In the 2015 year of operations the TN WAC transitioned from its founding home in Cookeville, Tennessee to a new base of operations in Nashville, hosted at Belmont University.  

FOR 2016

Academic WorldQuest

How best to get youth involved? Make it fun. WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America network. It is a quiz competition that encourages reading and preparation for an academic game. TN WAC hosts a state championship match and sponsors the winning team to the national title competition in Washington. Winners included Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet HS and Montgomery Bell Academy. We will expand the WorldQuest concept to the university level and Young Professionals/Corporate Professionals in Tennessee. The aim is to encourage interest in global affairs by making it a game. 

Distinguished Visiting Speaker Series

Face-to-face with global leaders. The ability of World Affairs Councils to bring foreign affairs officials, business people, military officers, academics and others to contact with our audiences is a hallmark of the WAC network. The Council organizes panel discussions, seminars and symposia under the speaker series, such as a public affairs briefing with the Ambassador of Russia Sergei I. Kislyak, Ambassador of Ireland Anne Anderson and Consul General of Japan Masami Kinefuchi. In addition to officials, business people, scholars, and others who speak at Tennessee WAC events in the coming year we will welcome about four visits by foreign ambassadors.

Global Focus Webcasts

To reach classrooms and communities around Tennessee the Council is developing a Web cast capability to connect international decision and policy-makers, authors, scholars and more to students, community groups and individuals. The concept was proven through an interactive Webinar featuring distinguished Beirut-based journalist Rami Khouri who talked with Tennessee students, Council members and even audiences from around the network of World Affairs Councils about Middle East developments. The Web cast concept is one example of how the Council will use technology as a multiplier to reach the widest audience in its mission to share an understanding of the world.

Global Dialogue Salons

Local discussion groups – like a ‘salon’ – bring people together for casual conversations about international issues in the news. The Council has a monthly program to facilitate social meetings for that purpose. These groups – usually no larger than about 20 people – are provided readings to prepare for give and take where they share their insights and perspectives in a mutually respectful dialogue.

Signature / Named Awards Series

The Council organizes an award series to acknowledge achievements enhancing global affairs education and understanding in the community. The council will attract sponsors to support prizes for various categories that will be awarded at an annual spring banquet. -- International Educator of the Year; Annual Global Affairs Essay Contest; International Student of the Year (HS); International (Small) Corporate Leader of the Year; International (Medium-Large) Corporate Leader of the Year; Nashville Music Industry Global Leader; Tennessee Healthcare Global Leader; Intrnational Citizen of the Year.

Needs The Tennessee World Affairs Council needs to (1) solidify its organization base including volunteer and paid staff, a board of advisors and its board of directors; (2) establish a financial base for regular expenses including overhead; (3) continue to expand its membership and organizational partnerships; (4) institutionalize its regular program offerings; and (5) develop a durable network of educators across the state to help deliver programs and resources to Tennessee students
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The TNWAC.org web site contains information on ways to support the Council's operations and to participate as a member and/or volunteer, as well as donation and in-kind opportunities.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security / Promotion of International Understanding
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN
The Tennessee World Affairs Council was founded in Middle Tennessee but opens its services, especially access for educators to national level programs through the WAC network, to a statewide audience.  However, most of our programs and resources are provided to communities, educators and, especially, students in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Board Chair Statement
The Tennessee World Affairs Council, as it works to become a sustainable organization, faces the same challenges as other non profits including the paradox of trying to build its base at the same time it strives to develop programs.
 
However, we were successful in opening the doors of our Cookeville office, receiving our IRS tax exemption final determination – (facilitating fundraising), creating a durable and energetic board, promoting our work, joining the national network of World Affairs Councils of America – to leverage their assets and programs in our community; and laying the ground work for the future.
 
In addition we were pleased at how well our efforts were received by other institutions in Tennessee, especially as recognized by our partnerships with Vanderbilt University, Tennessee Technological University, the University of Tennessee and the Senator Howard Baker Center for Public Policy in Knoxville. Meanwhile we were able to launch a number of programs that were very well received in our communities and schools.
 
The Tennessee World Affairs Council relocated to Nashville, hosted on the Belmont University campus, and resume operations in July 2015. From its new location with new energy and renewed vision to become the premier international affairs educational non profit in the region the Council has already set out an ambitious plan to delivery an expanded menu of programs to our communities and schools -- as a Pencil Foundation Partner and beyond; and to build a sustainable, professional organization. 
 
The Tennessee World Affairs Council as a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (a 96-member network) has the guidance and modeling of America's largest national nonpartisan network of local councils that are dedicated to educating, inspiring and engaging Americans in international affairs and the critical global issues of our times.
 
The challenges for the near term include solidifying our organization base in areas such as expanding the Council’s board of directors and board of advisors, increasing the number of volunteer staff members; increasing membership, filling out various task oriented committees, developing basic plans such as long range strategic and fundraising plans; and to pursue the full range of fundraising opportunities that will permit the expansion of our program and resource offerings. The board of the Tennessee World Affairs Council is committed to meeting these challenges and has set in its goals and objectives to capitalize on its early achievements and turn them into long term benefits for our communities and schools.
CEO Statement
The Tennessee World Affairs Council (TNWAC) is the first and only educational organization in the state devoted to improving global awareness in our communities and schools, and affiliated with the national network of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA).
 
The founders felt very strongly there was a severe shortfall in programs and resources for Tennesseans to increase their understanding of developments in the international arena, especially among our school age children. They face the most challenging global environment in America’s history. The initial approach was an organization to provide programs and resources locally. But the founders saw no other organization in the state could access the national level programs available through the WACA network, so they chose to offer programs to any community or school in Tennessee.
 
The Council offers programs, such as the Academic WorldQuest national global awareness competition for high schools, to every school in the state. By establishing partnerships the TNWAC is able to bring distinguished visiting speakers – ambassadors, foreign affairs specialists, military officers, and scholars – to communities and schools that would not otherwise have access to such opportunities. The inaugural visiting speakers program brought the most poignant evidence that the TNWAC was making a difference. A Middle East scholar, author and veteran foreign correspondent performed a marathon of visits to universities, civic organizations and high schools. At one school he spent the day talking to seven classes. He was approached as his last lecture ended and the students were readying to leave. One said, “Mr. Lippman, thanks for coming. I thought this was going to be a pretty boring lecture but it was worth it. You’ve got great stories.”
 
Bringing a piece of the world into schools in stimulating ways is all the reward the volunteers at the Tennessee World Affairs Council need to make it worthwhile.
Programs
Description A hallmark of the World Affairs Council system around the country is the effort to bring knowledgeable, experienced speakers to communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity to listen to and question these speakers. Identifying, inviting, and hosting distinguished speakers is one of TN WAC's featured programs -- and is specifically addressed in the Preamble to the Bylaws. The Council, will seek thoughtful, provocative, experienced speakers from various fields, such as the American and foreign diplomatic communities, academia, the military, the business world, and elsewhere. The Council will work with partnering organizations -- civic groups, universities, schools, corporate partners, and others -- to host the distinguished visiting speakers in appropriate sessions, such as town hall meetings, school visits, and civic club programs.
Budget 10000
Category
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Academic WorldQuest is a Flagship Program of the world affairs council system. The game was invented by the Charlotte Council and is now widely played at the adult and high school levels around the country. It is a team game testing competitors' knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. The World Affairs Councils of America started the national competition in Washington, DC in March 2003. Participants come from high schools that work with the World Affairs Council network. It is unique to the world affairs council system and has no direct competitor among K-12 knowledge-based competitions in the US or abroad.
Budget $11,000.00
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Description
Local discussion groups – like a ‘salon’ – bring people together for casual conversations about international issues in the news. The Council has a monthly program to facilitate social meetings for that purpose. 

The Council prepares background materials to prepare the participants – several articles as well as online videos, maps, reference material and a longer list of readings to expand the participants’ knowledge if they want to dig deeper. The roughly one-hour conversations are facilitated by a Council member and sometimes a subject specialist but the focus is on everyone contributing their views. The discussion is guided by a set of key points and may conclude with a poll of members concerning their conclusions – the poll results to be provided to government officials. More venues will be added as demand increases and the program is available ‘off the shelf’ for groups to use as global affairs fellowship sessions.

 
Budget $2,000.00
Category
Population Served , Adults,
Description
To reach classrooms and communities around Tennessee the Council is developing a Web cast capability to connect international decision and policy-makers, authors, scholars and more to students, community groups and individuals. The concept was proven through an interactive Webinar featuring distinguished Beirut-based journalist Rami Khouri who talked with Tennessee students, Council members and even audiences from around the network of World Affairs Councils about Middle East developments (video archived on TNWAC.org). The Web cast concept is one example of how the Council will use technology as a multiplier to reach the widest audience in its mission to share an understanding of the world.
 
The Council is building a project to deliver regular Web casts that will be available to Tennessee classrooms and beyond connecting them to young professionals working around the world – in particular junior Foreign Service Officers in American embassies. The object of the interactive link will be to inform students first hand about the countries in which the young diplomats serve, their living and working situations, and how they came to be in those positions.  
 
Budget $2,000.00
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Description

The Council organizes an award series to acknowledge achievements enhancing global affairs education and understanding in the community. The council will attract sponsors to support prizes for various categories that will be awarded at an annual spring banquet.

        --· International Educator of the Year

        -- · Annual Global Affairs Essay Contest

        -- · International Student of the Year (HS)

        --· International (Small) Corporate Leader of the Year

        --· International (Medium-Large) Corporate Leader of the Year

        -- · Nashville Music Industry Global Leader

        -- · Tennessee Healthcare Global Leader

        -- · International Citizen of the Year

Budget $7,000.00
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Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Patrick William Ryan
Company Affiliation Retired Naval Officer International Affairs
Term July 2014 to June 2017
Email PresidentTNWAC@gmail.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Ms Samar S. Ali Community VolunteerVoting
Ambassador Charles Bowers USFS (Ret)RetiredVoting
Hon. Karl F. Dean Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Susan Haynes PhDCommunity VolunteerVoting
Colonel Beverly Lee USAF (Ret)Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Michael McCooey Voting
Ms Lori Odom Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Jeffrey Overby PhDCommunity VolunteerVoting
LCDR Patrick William Ryan USN (Ret)Retired Naval Officer International AffairsVoting
Mr John M. Scannapieco Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Charles Womack MDRetired Naval Officer International AffairsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development
Communications / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Membership
Program
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. James Akenson PhDCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Mimi Barnard PhDCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Deborah Barnard PhDCommunity Volunteer
Dr. Rubin Cockrell Community Volunteer
Amr El-Husseini
Mr. Jeremy Goldkorn Community Volunteer
Mr. David Johnson Community Volunteer
Catherine Kelly
Alp Levent
Dr. Jill Pittman PhD
Dr Claude Pressnell PhD
Ms. Colleen Elizabeth Ryan Community Volunteer
Dr. Marieta Velikova PhDCommunity Volunteer
Lindsay Voigt
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Patrick Ryan
Term Start Feb 2007
Email PresidentTNWAC@gmail.com
Experience

President & Founder, Tennessee World Affairs Council; President, Ryan & Associates

Patrick Ryan is the volunteer President and founder of the Tennessee World Affairs Council. In 2007 Mr. Ryan organized a group of concerned citizens to launch Tennessee’s first World Affairs Council, to bring global awareness education programs and resources to communities and schools in the state. In 2009 Mr. Ryan’s contribution to building international understanding was acknowledged by receipt of the “Mandala Award” at the TTU Window on the World Festival. The Council moved from its first home in Cookeville to Nashville where it is hosted at Belmont University.

He is President and founder of Ryan&Associates, an editorial consulting firm based in Nashville, specializing in on-line global affairs information resources.

Mr. Ryan was born and raised in New York City. At age 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served a 26-year career, assigned first in the Persian Gulf in 1973 followed by assignments in the Submarine Service where he attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Mr. Ryan received a BA degree at the University of South Carolina, in 1981, majoring in International Studies followed by commissioning in the Navy as an Ensign. Mr. Ryan served aboard numerous ships, headquarters staffs and overseas assignments before retiring in 1998 as a Lieutenant Commander. Among his assignments were the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, the Center for Naval Analyses, and US Central Command headquarters. He has lived and worked in Bahrain, Italy and Japan and has traveled to about 50 countries for work and leisure.

Mr. Ryan was President of the Cookeville Breakfast Rotary 2008-2009 and was co-Chair of the Rotary Ghana Project, which provides clean water, school literacy and medical support humanitarian projects to villages in Western Ghana for which he was award “Rotarian of the Year.”

Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 11
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
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? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
PENCIL2012
Senior Staff
Title Vice President
Experience/Biography
  • Established the Foundation of Five Star Friends, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation for families in need. As executive director, she initiates donor contact, manages donor relations, actively engages and energizes volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders. Other activities include: coordinating special events, seminars, and hosts support group meetings; support of disaster relief efforts, youth physical fitness and sports programs, children with special needs, wounded warriors, and deployed military members. She also works to advance the needs and goals of women and youth through advocacy, career and education counseling.

  • • Consultant to 7 Sisters International, a reintegration home providing holistic, rehabilitative care for female victims of child sex trafficking in Northeast India. The goal is to nurture and empower girls to become resilient and independent women of courage, enabling them to reintegrate into society and, ultimately, become change agents themselves. Assist in hosting events, fund-raising, and website guidance.

  • • Member of the Motlow State Community College Philanthropic Society which provides scholarships for women 23 years old and over.

  • • Member of the Arnold Community Council – Assist in educating state and national leaders and facilitating interaction and cooperation between the engineering center and surrounding communities. Support AEDC efforts in advocating strong education programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs. The ACC is made of professionals in thirteen Southern Middle Tennessee and Alabama counties.

  • • Past Board Member of the Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton, CA. For over 8 years, helped to increase the number of families served and dramatically increased donations for numerous programs and services (including scholarships for children of wounded warriors and those killed in action).

 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $53,000.00
Projected Expenses $33,155.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
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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 Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017
Organization Comments Along with the relocation of the Council to Nashville and work to bring in additional board members and full-time staff there will be considerable attention to fundraising and adding appropriate financial accounting standards to TN WAC operations. Heretofore the Council's budget never reach the IRS 990 threshold beyond the post card filing. In the coming operating year we anticipate moving beyond that level and bringing in additional financial controls.
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 thee-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 1/3/17.
Nonprofit Tennessee World Affairs Council
Address 1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212 3757
Primary Phone (615) 835-3548
Contact Email PresidentTNWAC@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Patrick Ryan
Board Chair Mr. Patrick William Ryan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Naval Officer International Affairs
Year of Incorporation 2007

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