Educational Institutions

Bootstraps Foundation, Inc.

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.bootstraps.org

Mission Statement

The Bootstraps Foundation rewards perseverance with opportunity by awarding scholarships to deserving youth of Middle Tennessee.

Main Programs

  1. The Bootstraps Awards
  2. The Bootstraps Annual Awards Banquet
Service Areas

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Tennessee

Candidates must reside in Davidson County, Tennessee or the surrounding counties. A high school counselor or principal may nominate one graduating senior each year.

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer since 2008

Self-reported

Ed VanVoorhees

Keywords

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CHEATHAM DAVIDSON ROBERTSON RUTHERFORD SUMNER WILLIAMSON WILSON adversity College scholarships for high school seniors of Middle Tennessee College scholarships youth

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EIN

62-1336039

 Number

6311567194

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Bootstraps Foundation exists to assist persevering young men and women across Middle Tennessee who have, despite severe obstacles and hardships in life, miraculously placed themselves in a position to attend college. They have encountered different personal hardships, and determining how to finance their further education is just one more. The objective of The Bootstraps Foundation is to give them a hand in this difficult task, and provide financial assistance to help them achieve their goals. The Bootstraps Foundation is determined to continuously increase the number of sponsorships granted each year. Since being founded in 1986, The Bootstraps Foundation has given over $1 million in scholarships.

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

The Bootstraps Awards

The Bootstraps Awards are given to students who have “pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps” and realized that education was vital to their success. They stayed focused on the goal of graduating with grades that would allow them to continue their education beyond high school. These students have encountered different personal hardships, and determining how to finance their further education is just one more. Our goal is to give them a hand in this difficult task, and provide financial assistance to help them achieve their goals. Each school in Davidson, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties of Tennessee are sent nomination forms and applications. The Selection Committee of The Bootstraps Board selects the recipients by reviewing the applications and interviewing the candidates. The students are then notified and officially recognized at the annual banquet held in May.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 2

The Bootstraps Annual Awards Banquet

Each year The Bootstraps Foundation hosts its Annual Awards Banquet, which serves as a dual event. This is event that our scholarship recipients receive their awards and are publically praised for their dedication to their futures. The event also raises funds for our continued scholarship program. Tables are sold as part of a year’s sponsorship package or as individual tables and seats.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Candidates must reside in Davidson County, Tennessee or the surrounding counties. A high school counselor or principal may nominate one graduating senior each year.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Scholarship donations are welcome. We award several scholarships of up to $20,000 and more deserving young people. Donations of printing services, of professional time to create marketing materials, and of CPA services are welcome.

Affiliations + Memberships

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The Bootstraps Foundation Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Bootstraps Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ed VanVoorhees

BIO

The Bootstraps Foundation has no paid staff.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Bootstraps Foundation for me is quite personal since I am able to look into the eye and shake the hand of those this organization helps at our annual Banquet each May. There exists only a few other charitable organizations where this interaction is true. There is no gift that one can give another that is more valuable than giving of one's time. The time I have invested in Bootstraps, however, has rewarded me much more than any recipient. Bootstrapers, Board members, volunteers and award recipients alike, have enriched my life in ways too numerous to mention. Bootstraps provides life lessons for all as it awards scholarships to a few."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Joe White

Novacopy

Term: Feb 2016 - Jan 2019

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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