Nashville Tools For Schools, Inc.
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Post Office Box 158480
Nashville, TN 37215
Organization Details

Board Chair

Board Chair Ben Dodd
Company Affiliation Nashville Tools for Schools
Term July 2021 to July 2025

Board of Directors

Board Members
Name Affiliation Status
Mr Harry Baird Retired Exofficio
Andy Davis Metro Nashville Public Schools Voting
Mr. Ben Dodd Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Robert Harwell Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Bev Herbert Schneider Electric - Retired Voting
Jim Hinson Nashville Tools for Schools Voting
Robert Johnson Nashville Tools for Schools Voting
Steve Lainhart Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Stephen McHugh Retired Exofficio
Mrs. Denise Sesler Community Volunteer Voting
Robert Stack Voting
John Stauffer Voting


Board Term Lengths 3.00 years
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4

Standing Committees

Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Project Oversight

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Along with many other nonprofit organizations, Nashville Tools for Schools ("NTFS") faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. While NTFS was forced to shut down workshop operations between March and July, 2020, the workshop was subsequently reopened with limited hours and with limited staff in order to observe all necessary health and safety protocols required during the pandemic. NTFS was fortunate to have the guidance of two regular NTFS volunteers/physicians who developed and maintained stringent workshop safety protocols that allowed NTFS to return to limited but safe and steady production.

Further, despite the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nashville Tools for Schools safely completed over 50 projects in 2020 through spring 2021, providing over 600 items to over 35 schools and organizations. These projects included approximately 500 plexiglass safety shields which were crucial to the safe reopening of schools in Davidson County. We look forward to continuing our forward trajectory and our return to full operations in conjunction with CDC and Metro safety guidelines. We are proud that, despite the pandemic, we have still been able to serve our students and teachers, and we anticipate a continued increase in project requests as schools prepare to reopen this fall.

Another challenge we faced is our ongoing need to increase our fundraising in order to complete a greater number of projects for an even larger number of schools at little-to-no cost. NTFS did and will continue to apply for renewal of existing grants and we will also pursue new grant opportunities to support our mission of "building for our childrens' future". NTFS did and will also pursue individual donations via social media, a quarterly newsletter and outreaches such as Giving Tuesday and The Big Payback, in order to reduce our overall reliance on grants to fund our operations.