Monroe Harding Inc.
1120 Glendale Lane
Nashville TN 37204-4199

Mission Statement
Changing young people's lives!  Monroe Harding does for kids in foster care what a family would do.  We provide security, support and give young people a chance for success and we have been doing it for more than 120 years.
Monroe Harding is a healing community where youth and families make meaningful change so that hope, not past trauma, is the heartbeat of their future.  
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary N. Baker
Board Chair Mr. Chris Anderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Littler Mendelson
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1893
Former Names
Monroe Harding Children's Home
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $6,806,694.00
Projected Annual Revenue $6,076,442.00 (2017)
Changing young people's lives!  Monroe Harding does for kids in foster care what a family would do.  We provide security, support and give young people a chance for success and we have been doing it for more than 120 years.
Monroe Harding is a healing community where youth and families make meaningful change so that hope, not past trauma, is the heartbeat of their future.  

In 1893, Mrs. Fannie E. Harding generously opened her twelve room residence and five acres in Nashville to orphaned children of Middle Tennessee as a memorial to her husband, Dr. James Monroe Harding. Under the astute leadership of William Dunn Trabue, money was raised at the height of the Great Depression to purchase the land at our current location on Glendale Lane. This site remains our main campus as we continue to serve children and youth of Middle Tennessee who are in state custody.

Since the establishment of Monroe Harding Children’s Home, the program has adapted to meet the needs of youth in our community. Currently, we provide comprehensive services to at-risk youth of all ages. To date, more than 16,000 children and youth have been recipients of Fannie Harding’s legacy. Monroe Harding is much more than a “children’s home.” In 2003, the name was changed to Monroe Harding.

Our mission is accomplished through programs in foster care and adoption services, housing and wraparound services, and a resource center for youth aging out of state custody. We recruit and train foster parents who open their homes to children and sibling groups for temporary care or adoption. Rresidential programs on campus and in the community include progressively independent levels of living experiences. Our Youth Connections resource center serves young men and women currently or previously in foster care. We make sure every child or youth we serve receives quality education, health care, life skills development, vocational training, and most importantly, the support and guidance of a caring adult.

Since 1893, Monroe Harding, Inc. has changed the lives of thousands of children and youth. We provide safe, stable housing and an environment that allows young people to reach their full potential. In 2016, we served more than 220 young people in our programs: Foster Care, Independent Living, and Youth Connections resource center. Through these services in 2016, 100 children were nurtured in foster homes across Middle Tennessee; 6 were adopted, and 25 were reunified with their birth families. Cooperative Living cared for 80 young men, and 47 young adults lived in Independent Living while either finishing high school or attending college.

Every one of the young people we served in 2016 continued or completed their education, received quality health care, learned life skills, and when possible and appropriate, learned job skills and gained employment.

We provide the counseling and support our youth need to recover from past adverse experiences. Our clinicians work with a team of professionals to ensure that all the work we do provides a safe, family-like environment where the young people can fully heal from the trauma they have experienced in their short lives. Monroe Harding's trauma-informed care embraces these children and youth so that they can not only view the world as safe and predictable, but also begin to see a future for themselves.

As we continue Fannie and Monroe Harding’s legacy of kindness and respect for children and youth, we need volunteers, non-governmental funding, and resources to implement our campus master plan so that we can serve more young people.
We are in great need of more foster parents to provide temporary homes to children who cannot live with their birth families for a variety of reasons.  Anyone can consider becoming a foster parent.  The most important qualification is a wellspring of love for children.  
Volunteers also play a big role in building and grounds upkeep, and we welcome individuals with business acumen matched with a passion for our work to serve on our board, committees, and ad hoc teams.
For years Monroe Harding relied on government grants and churches for its funding needs. Both sources continue to be vital, but we also know that to serve more youth and achieve better outcomes, we need to raise significant dollars from other sources. Our efforts in these areas are already showing increased revenues.


Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are four ways you can get involved:

● Donate –Monetary donations can be made by cash, check, or credit card. We can also accept stock transfers and assist you with planned giving. Please visit the Get Involved page on our website to see a list of items that are currently needed by the children and youth in our care.

● Become a Foster Parent – There is no greater calling than to provide a home for a child who has none. Foster parents who can commit to nurture, teach, and strengthen children and youth make a lasting impact.

● Mentor a Youth – Mentors have the opportunity to invest in and support a young person while they are a part of our program. The time commitment is one hour per week, which is flexible to accommodate a mentor’s schedule.

● Volunteer – Individuals, companies and church groups can help Monroe Harding in numerous ways, including: babysitting, special events, facilities improvements, fitness training and office support.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Residential Care & Adult Day Programs
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Foster Care
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cheatham
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - Dickson
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
Although we have clients from across the state, the majority of the participants in our programs are from the Middle Tennessee area. This is defined as the counties from the northern border at Kentucky, to the southern border at Alabama and surrounding Nashville/Davidson County East to West.   
Board Chair Statement

Monroe Harding's Board has worked with the Executive Management Team to review each of our four programs. We are committed to providing our young people with loving, trauma informed care, paying our staff competitive wages, and having a sustainable business model. We have re-committed Monroe Harding to providing support and encouragement to teenagers and young people who do not have supportive families as they grow to independence. Our Board of Directors is engaged and all support the agency through donations of time and resources. We could not fulfill our mission without community partners – individuals, corporations, foundations, churches, and organizations who believe, like we do, that every child deserves a family.

I am proud to serve on the Board at Monroe Harding where we give children and youth from birth to 26 safe homes, loving guidance, and confidence to grow toward their best independent selves.

CEO Statement

Children and youth in state custody share one thing in common – TRAUMA.  And we know that trauma in children without primary caregiver support leaves deep and lasting wounds.  These children learn that adults cannot be trusted and that the world is not a safe place.  They are fearful, hopeless, and pessimistic.  Suffering from trauma, these children and youth act out, withdraw, or are overly compliant with no sense of self.

Monroe Harding does for these children and youth what a family would do.  We embrace them – we provide for their needs just as you do for your own children.  We recruit wonderful foster parents who provide a safe, loving home for infants, children and teens and we help teens aging out of care embrace independence through housing, post-secondary education, jobs, and financial literacy.

Children and youth without family support need a community; Monroe Harding creates that community and after some time helps the children or youth find a more permanent home.  Where possible, we help the child reunite with a safe family member.  Sometimes we help a young person find just the right adoptive home.  And often, we help young adults establish their independence.


Description Youth Connections resource center is a central location in downtown Nashville for youth between the ages of 16 and 26 who are currently or formerly in foster care. They can receive assistance with housing, employment, well-being, school, life skills classes, mentoring, and financial planning. Youth Connections offers a family-like support system for this vulnerable and typically under-served population.
Budget $497,177.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent,
Short Term Success

The youth participating in the programs at Youth Connections have demonstrated increased knowledge and awareness of available supports and services in the community. Data from participant surveys show that 94% of the participants now know where to go to access information and resources. This important education allows the youth to independently access health care, insurance, housing and other local support.

Long term Success

Youth Connections is a teen center focused on youth who have aged-out of state custody.  It is one of only 15 such centers in the country.

Research shows that the average age of independence in the United States is 26; however, young people in state custody are expected to be independent and successful at only 18 years old.  There are just under 1,000 youth in Tennessee who “age out” of the foster care system each year.  In the Middle Tennessee region alone, approximately 700 children age 17 were in foster care. 

Youth Connections brings together people and resources to give foster youth a successful foundation, filling the gap of what a family would typically do for a young person transitioning to independence. YC helps youth find and access the resources they need to live independent and useful lives. Our goals are to expand access to opportunities in employment, education, housing, and health care for youth in foster care; create opportunities for civic engagement and encourage young people to help others; and to provide links to personal networks of caring adults and other young people. The long term goal for all the young people we serve is to become independent, productive members of our community.

Program Success Monitored By

This program has been tracking outcomes since it was launched in 2002. 

It is a best practice to make sure that all decisions we make that are important to this program are based on the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. For example, we have begun to focus on transportation because we learned from the youth survey that less than half of our participants (18-24) have a drivers’ license, which could be a huge barrier to participating in work or school.
We found that 1 out of 3 do not have a diploma or GED, so we are working to promote the GED program at Youth Connections, while working with DCS on the bigger systemic issues at hand. The youth survey is a rich source of information for determining needed door openers. In addition, this information can be used to impact systemic issues.
In addition to consulting with the youth council, the coordinators conduct short quarterly surveys to gather qualitative data on ways to strengthen the program, increase survey responses, and gain more insight for program participants.
Examples of Program Success

Jasmine feels that one of her dreams has finally come true.   She said that being a car owner is a step closer to ”proving your independence.”  Now that she’s able to take herself to school, doctor’s appointments and visit friends without having to rely on other people; she is more self- sufficient. ”Thanks to Youth Connections for lightening the load by providing me with match money to  purchase my vehicle."

Foster Care and Adoption Services matches children in state custody with an approved foster family. Our goal is for the children to achieve permanency through reunification, kinship care, or adoption. Families in this program receive one-on-one support from a Monroe Harding case manager.
Budget $2,203,578.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Long term Success A goal of permanency through reunification or adoption is critical to the program’s success.
Our Independent Living Apartments provide safe, affordable housing for young adults aged 18-21 who are transitioning from the foster care system. These apartments in the community provide youth with support so that they can work, go to school, and continue to work on life skills with the guidance of skilled and caring professionals. Through continued education, vocational training, life skills lessons, and the support and guidance of caring adults, they can make a smooth and successful transition into life on their own.
Budget $512,981.00
Category Housing, General/Other Transitional Housing
Population Served At-Risk Populations, Adults, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Long term Success Program long term success is for the young adults to complete a post-secondary education plan, obtain employment, and move into permanent, safe, and stable housing while becoming financially independent. 
Examples of Program Success

Lindsay is a young man currently living in one of these homes.  Here is his story:

"Monroe Harding’s Independent Living Program has helped me a great deal. I originally came from Springfield, TN and aged out of the system here in Nashville.  I thought I could make it on my own, but as I began to struggle I learned that Monroe Harding had a program for people like me.  The Independent Living Program has helped me achieve such things as budgeting, managing a checking and savings account; setting up and scheduling doctor’s appointments, learning to work together as a team and helping others in the community.  I have learned to be more self- sufficient, so I will be prepared to exit the program and be successful in life. The staff at Monroe Harding is easy to work with and very open-hearted and willing to work with all youth to get us on the path towards success. Thank You".  Lindsay W.

CEO Comments

Our greatest challenges are:

1.Growing our services to meet the needs of over 8,000 children in foster care each year.
2. Raising community awareness about our services and the needs of foster children and youth.
3. Expanding our funding sources in order to reduce reliance on State contracts.
Currently, there are approximately 8,000 Tennessee children and youth in state custody. We are going to increase our capacity and build a sustainable business model that will allow us the flexibility to expand and contract based on need. 
With a 120+ year legacy of caring for children and teens in state custody, we enjoy a wide and diverse network of partners, a solid relationship with the Department of Children’s Services, and a deep covenant relationship with Presbyterian Churches. While these relationships are vital to the work we do through volunteers, financial support, state contracts, etc., Monroe Harding is not as well known among the broader community. One of our greatest challenges is getting our message out. Only through community awareness will we be able to recruit more foster parents, find solid mentors for our older youth, and raise the money necessary to grow services to meet the need. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Chris Anderson
Company Affiliation Littler Mendelson
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mr. Chris Anderson Littler Mendelson, PCVoting
Ms. Margie Arnold Community Volunteer
Mr. Matt Barrett Confirmation.comVoting
Mr. Mike Blosser LP CorporationVoting
Mr. John Bryant Jr.Healthcare Realty TrustVoting
Mr. Matt Denney Lattimore BlackVoting
Mr. Ronald Douglas HCAVoting
Ms. Laura Folk First Tennessee BankVoting
Mr. Scott Hardy Brentwood Financial PartnersVoting
Ms. Coe Heard Waller Lansden, Dortch & DavisVoting
Mr. John Horst Gresham, Smith, & PartnersNonVoting
Ms. Jackie Shrago RetiredVoting
Ms. Meg Underwood C3 ConsultingVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 73%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
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? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. John Horst
Company Affiliation Gresham Smith and Partners
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments

We are fortunate to build upon the 120+ year legacy of providing services to children and youth in state custody and like our predecessors we respond to the changing needs by adapting our programs.  Today our challenges are growing non-governmental funding, expanding our programs through a sustainable business model and telling our story to the Middle Tennessee community. 

We have an active and highly engaged Board of Directors, some of whom have been involved in some fashion with Monroe Harding for many years.  One opportunity before us is recruiting board members and volunteers that represent the community more thoroughly particularly in age and ethnic diversity.  This recruitment process will enliven our community awareness efforts, help us raise money, bring business acumen to the board, and strengthen our governance overall.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Mary N. Baker
Term Start July 2011

Mary came to Monroe Harding as President and CEO in July 2011 after twelve years as a consultant to for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Her consulting expertise is in strategic planning, organizational development and leadership development.  Prior to her years in consulting, Mary worked for SunTrust Bank as an Employee Relations officer, was an adjunct professor at Belmont’s Massey School of Business, and ran Crittenton Services, a nonprofit dedicated to teen pregnancy prevention.  After an early start teaching junior high math in Chicago for eleven years, Mary has lived in Nashville for the past 26 years.


Former CEOs
Ms. Patty L. Harman Oct 1999 - Mar 2011
Mr. William H Wilkinson June 1997 - July 1999
Full Time Staff 69
Part Time Staff 29
Volunteers 700
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 63%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Aug 2015
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)2002
ANE (Association of Nonprofit Executives)1999
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2000
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce2000
Alliance for Children and Families - Member2012
National Alliance of Children and Families2012
Hands On Network2010
Nashville Rotary Club1999
Grant Professionals Association (GPA)2014
Volunteer Administrator's Network2005
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation2015
Residential Child Care Agency2016
Child Placing Agency2016
Finalist CEO of the YearCenter for Nonprofit Management2005
Runner-up Frist Award for InnovationCenter for Nonprofit Management2002
Finalist Excellence in CommunicationsCenter for Nonprofit Management2005
Frist Foundation Innovation In Action FinalistCenter for Nonprofit Management2009
Finalist - Serving Heart AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2010
Fundraising Volunteer of the YearAssociation of Fundraising Professionals2012
Fundraising Volunteer of the YearAssociation of Fendraising Professionals2014
Memorial Leadership AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2015
Senior Staff
Title Vice President of Strategy and Operations

Originally from Kentucky, Stephanie moved to Nashville in 2002.  Before coming to Monroe Harding, Stephanie worked for other local non-profit organizations: Crisis Intervention Center, Family and Children’s Service, and Health Assist Tennessee, and currently volunteers for the Brooks Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, OutCentral, and the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.  

In addition to holding a Master's Degree from Vanderbilt University, Stephanie recently completed her MBA from Vanderbilt's Owen School of Management.  
Title Chief Development Officer

Erika Borg has over 15 years’ experience working within philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate circles to improve the lives of young people. A newbie to Nashville, Erika is excited to become actively engaged in her community.

In her past position as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at UNITE-LA and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Erika worked to advance corporate and philanthropic partnerships that result in positive outcomes for the youth of Los Angeles, including building a Foster Youth/Opportunity Youth Collaborative and a regional Science Technology Engineering and Math Hub. Prior to her work with UNITE-LA, she served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the Salvation Army – Southern California Division. She has also held positions with the University of Florida’s College of Nursing and City of Hope.

Erika holds a Master of Public Administration from University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in English from University of California, Davis. She spends her spare time in East Nashville with her fiancé – an investigative journalist – and their rescue dog. When not exploring nearby lakes or trails she can be found in local bookstores or at the library.
Title Chief Financial Officer

Steve has over 30 years of finance and operations experience working for non-profit, healthcare, and media companies in the U.S., Great Britain, and the Netherlands. As Chief Financial Officer, Steve provides strategic leadership and management for all financial operations at Monroe Harding.

Prior to joining Monroe Harding, Steve served as CFO for Strategic Health Services and as Director of Finance for Launch Tennessee, a state-funded economic development agency.

A diehard Chicago Cubs and UT Vols fan and outdoor enthusiast, Steve is committed to improving the lives of youth in the custody of the state. He earned his MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco and his BS in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
CEO Comments Monroe Harding is a leader in serving the youth of Tennessee. We are licensed by the state of Tennessee as a Residential Child Care Agency and as a Child Placing Agency.  We are accredited by the Council on Accreditation for services in Group Living, Youth Independent Living, Workforce Development and Support, Supported Community Living, Family Foster Care/Kinship Care, and Financial Education and Counseling. This recognition is a testament to our experienced, educated, and well-trained staff. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $6,076,442.00
Projected Expenses $6,806,694.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
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 Year201520142013
Total Revenue$5,084,328$6,383,232$5,374,529
Total Expenses$5,147,657$5,707,925$5,409,789
Revenue Less Expenses($63,329)$675,307($35,260)
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$129,994$75,801$18,799
Individual Contributions$1,225,730$1,435,222$599,135
Investment Income, Net of Losses$122,202$311,479$230,350
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$87,759$88,330$119,152
Revenue In-Kind$25,732$13,138$14,747
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$4,251,951$4,795,877$4,628,695
Administration Expense$524,704$549,048$511,021
Fundraising Expense$371,002$363,000$270,073
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.120.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%23%37%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,491,731$8,774,619$8,304,324
Current Assets$917,825$1,828,102$1,297,275
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$334,556$281,742$455,754
Total Net Assets$8,157,175$8,492,877$7,848,570
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.746.492.85
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $3,488,491Program Services $4,447,421Program Service Revenue $4,367,923
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $1,225,730Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,435,222Contributions, Gifts & Grants $599,135
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $129,994Investment Income $311,479Investments & Sales of Securities $230,350
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 June 2017
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitations Permit
Organization Comments
We are proud that 82 cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to our programs for the good of our youth!  We keep our expenses low while at the same time providing quality care and services. Our goal over the next 24 months is to continue to decrease the gap between our revenue and expenses so that we can sustain our trust fund principal.  We are expanding our community relations in an effort to give more individuals the chance to help foster children and youth. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990. 
Financial documents prepared by Frasier, Dean & Howard, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 7/26/16.
Nonprofit Monroe Harding Inc.
Address 1120 Glendale Lane
Nashville, TN 37204 4199
Primary Phone (615) 298-5573
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary N. Baker
Board Chair Mr. Chris Anderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Littler Mendelson
Year of Incorporation 1893
Former Names
Monroe Harding Children's Home

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