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

Board Chair

Board Chair William Farris
Company Affiliation Nashville Tools for Schools
Term June 2017 to December 2020

Board Co-Chair

Board Co-Chair Ben Dodd
Company Affiliation Nashville Tools for Schools
Term June 2017 to December 2020

Board of Directors

Board Members
Name Affiliation Status
Mr Harry Baird Retired Voting
Andy Davis Metro Nashville Public Schools Voting
Mr. Ben Dodd Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. William Farris Retired Voting
Ms. Mary Grissim Grissim Group Consulting Voting
Mr. Robert Harwell Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Bev Herbert Schneider Electric - Retired Voting
Steve Lainhart Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Stephen McHugh Retired Voting
Mrs. Suzannah Montgomery Gills Turner Construction Company Voting
Mrs. Denise Sesler Community Volunteer 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 6

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 this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the outbreak and the resulting nonessential business closures, NTFS was forced to shut down workshop operations between March and July. The workshop has only recently reopened during limited hours and with limited staff in order to observe all necessary health and safety protocols required during the pandemic.

Further, as schools were also forced to close due to COVID-19, NTFS has seen a significant reduction in the number of project requests. However NTFS is proud to report that, at the request of Metro Nashville Public Schools, we were able to build approximately 285 plexiglass safety screens that were provided to every school in Metro Nashville. We are now also taking project requests from Nashville area community centers that provide after-school programs to Metro students. 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 begin to reopen.

An 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. Two grants that were received in 2019 were not renewed for 2020. Additionally, NTFS' Board of Directors had put into place plans for implementation of a new annual fundraising campaign, but this too was postponed due to COVID. We are now hoping to move forward with our annual campaign in Fall 2020, and we will continue to renew existing grant applications and seek out new grant opportunities to support our mission of "building for our childrens' future".