The passion with which I became a board member of the Arts Council and Friends is still, at the core, that of an artist. However, that passion quickly took on another dimension as it became apparent that the Arts Council might be a hidden cultural gem in our community. It was happenstance three years ago when I took a painting class there and first learned of the council’s existence. If I had lived here many years, unaware of its existence, how many others might not know of the great resource it is for our community. This quickly led me to believe there may be many others in our community like me.
When I became Chair last year there were many changes in progress. The profile of the board was evolving as seats were vacated and, more importantly, we interviewed and hired a new Executive Director who brought in new energy and exciting ideas. With our newly formed board, he was able to develop and acquire 501c3 status for the organization, first time since the inception of the council forty years ago. He is sorely underpaid for his professional acumen, maturity, limited staff, and the additional hours he puts into the organization.
Board governance is a strong part of my responsibility as Chair. Last July, before assuming my new role on the Board, I attended a seminar at The Center for Nonprofit Management on Developing a Dynamic Board. As a result, I funded a consultant to conduct a day long strategic planning session with all the members on our Board. Recently we included a small training and script for board members to make calls and ask for membership. We have established ourselves as a working board and are challenged to increase membership, contributions, sponsorships and grants. As most charitable groups, money is tough to raise but paramount to our success. The grant you provide will help us sustain a very dynamic Executive Director, grow the organization, reach our short and long term goals and provide a greater service to our community.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY 2001
Bachelor of Science
Hendersonville Rotary, Tennessee Presenters, Inc – Secretary, First Media – Technical Director, Sumner County Lacrosse Association, Society of Leaders in Development, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Hands on Nashville.
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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 12/22/16.
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