Educational Institutions

Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.friendsoftsb.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind is to supplement state appropriations by enhancing and enriching the educational, vocational, special skills, and social development of students enrolled in the Tennessee School for the Blind.

Main Programs

  1. Serving Needs of TSB Students
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Jim Oldham

Keywords

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COUNTY Friends of TSB, Friends of TN School for the Blind, Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind, Inc. disability disabilities vision

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EIN

31-1532703

 Number

1080049072

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Our accomplishments from 2015:Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind Inc. was able to achieve much by collaborating with many organizations, companies and individuals this year. By approved grants, fundraisers and direct contributions we were able to assist the students of the Tennessee School for the Blind in the following ways:1. Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind (FTSB) collaborated with Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) and many community partners to complete the final funding for Phase 2 of "Bring Back Bowling to TSB"". (providing full accessibility to our renovation of the school's bowling alley for those students requiring walkers or wheelchairs for mobility.) 2. FTSB partnered again with the Louis R. Draughon Foundation to purchase adaptive equipment for the school's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) laboratories. This equipment provides tactile and auditory access to these invaluable educational skills for success in life. 3. FTSB provided funds for field trips, and other enrichment experiences, such as visiting farms and pumpkin patches, attending Predators games and performances at Nashville Children's Theater and Tennessee Performing Arts Center. These venues work closely with the educational staff to accommodate and provide ""up close"" experiences for the students. 4. FTSB was fortunate to secure a grant through the Nashville Predators Foundation is the amount of $6368.00 for the purchase of athletic equipment for the TSB's goalball teams. 5. Our major project for this fiscal year was to fund the renovation ofTSB's music therapy room. This renovation provides a floor that vibrates when music or voice is played through transducers in the floor. This improvement provides stimulation and enhancement for students with multiple challenges including deafness. By directing proceeds from the Bob Parks Brunch and Bid fundraiser, grants through the Community Foundation, and other generous organizations and individual donors, we were able to finance and complete the renovation in early 2016.Our goals for 2016:1. To construct a small building for the safe storage of athletic equipment, 2. To continue to provide mini-grants to TSB teachers for classroom projects,3. Fund field trips, and other enrichment experiences for students, 4. To support students in the Independent Living Training Program.5. Continue seeking opportunities for collaboration with the Alumni Association of TSB, Lion's Clubs of Tennessee, as well as supportive foundations, businesses, clubs, and individuals.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Serving Needs of TSB Students

Since 1997, our focus has been on one major program, which is "Serving the Needs of TSB Students" -ages 3-21 years - who are blind, vision impaired, and/or multi-challenged.These students benefit daily through our continuing efforts to provide opportunities for improved accessibility to a broad spectrum of learning and social experiences. Our work can involve research,fundraising, and overseeing project development, product selection and installation plans, all designed to meet specific needs of TSB students. Instruments for TSB music programs,state of the art equipment,adaptive technology, and development of safe environments for innovative sensory experiences, and accessible playgrounds, are real examples of challenges brought to our Board Members, who oversee the prudent use of all donated funds and make decisions on our undertakings.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Blind and Vision Impaired

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Funding Needs

This year, as in every year, we are challenged with many varied and important needs, but because those needs are all based in one goal, i.e., the education of students who are blind, visually impaired, or multi-challenged, we have one pressing need - the need for sources of funding - grants, donations and gifts - to support our efforts to provide for the educational, vocational, physical and social development of the students at the Tennessee School for the Blind. To that end, the Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind Inc. has established an endowment with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This effort will enable the giving public to more easily access Friends of TSB and will ensure that monies will be available in the future to help meet the needs of the students. These contributions will help provide a reliable source of funding for major projects, enrichment activities, adaptive and assistive technologies, therapeutic and recreational equipment that provide opportunities and improve the lives of these students.The Friends of TSB Board of Directors oversees the prudent use of all monies received by the Foundation. All members of Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind Board of Directors are volunteers and all donations go directly to benefit the students.

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FRIENDS OF TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Operations

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Friends of Tennessee School for the Blind

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jim Oldham

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jim Oldham

Retired Superintendent Tennessee School for the Blind

Term: Oct 2015 - Oct 2016

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