Youth Development

The Minerva Foundation

  • Nashville, TN
  • www.minervafoundation.org

Mission Statement

The Mission of The Minerva Foundation is to provide resources for public service programs and activities which recognize, encourage and promote education, historical and cultural experiences for inter-generational members of our community.

Main Programs

  1. Non-Traditional Scholarship Program
  2. Minerva Closet
  3. Jabberwock Extrevaganza

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

TN - Davidson

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer since 2014

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Mrs. Brenda Gilmore

Co Principal Officer since 2014

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Betty Thompson

Keywords

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charitible giving, human services, children, adults, scholarship, advocacy

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Also Known As

Minerva Foundation

EIN

62-1760618

 Number

4151523446

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Oun)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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Provide scholarships to deserving graduating seniors, provide financial support to organizations serving the inner city. support research for Women affected by HIV/AIDS, provides supplies for Eighteen Avenue Enrichment Center, contributes to American Cancer society, Partners in the Struggle, and The Magdalene House. The Foundation also provided scholarships to non-traditional students. The Foundation's major goal is to build a Community Cultural Center to house the many programs designed for youths and adults in the Nashville Metropolitan area. Second, to expand our educational programs for junior and high school girls and boys. The organization's third goal is to increase the participation of members of the community who can benefit from our programs.

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

Non-Traditional Scholarship Program

The Non-Traditional Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity for women who have been out of college for two or more years. Participants have encountered obstacles in their lives that prevented them from completing their course work and obtaining a degree. The Foundation, through a screening process, provides funding to cover tuition , books, travel.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

$15,000

Program 2

Minerva Closet

The Minerva's Closet provides prom dresses and acessooories to Junior and Senior High School girls who otherwise would not be able to attend the prom. This is an annual activity.

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Program 3

Jabberwock Extrevaganza

Jabberwock, a program designed for girls in Pre-K through High School, teaches life skills in time management, etiquette, self-esteem, public speeking. The program culumate in an extravaganza where the paricipants are presented to community to showcase their talents. Through fundraising project, the girls may earn prizes and scholarships.

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Service Areas

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Tennessee

TN - Davidson

Funding Needs

The five most pressing needs are to: 1. to raise 1.7 million dollars to build a Community Cultural Center to house the many organization programs. 2. To identify funds to support our capital campaign. 3. To increase the awareness of the Foundation's many programs and activities. 4. To increase the collaboration with organizations whose mission is in keeping with the Foundation mission.

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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Brenda Gilmore

Co Principal Officer

Betty Thompson

BIO

Brenda Gilmore is a former Metro Council Woman and is presently a State Representative, District #54, in the Tennessee General Assembly. Prior employment included almost twenty years as Director of University Mail Services for Vanderbilt. Employment has also included Loan Officer of Fidelity Federal Savings & Loan Association and Director, Postal Services Division, State of Tennessee. Brenda has also formerly served on the Board of the John F. Kennedy Susan Gray School for Children who have been abused and with special needs; Chairperson, Board of Margaret Cunningham Women's Center; Advisor, and Undergraduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Other community involvements have included Chairperson for the United Negro College Fund Volunteer Committee. She has served as the President of the Senior Citizen Inc. Board; the Board of Directors of Skyline Medical Center and Trustee for the Belmont Board of Trust. Mrs. Gilmore works in the Tennessee State University Alumni Association. She is a member of WIN, Nashville Women Political Caucus, and Chair of the Nominating Committee, League of Women Voters. Brenda is the former President of CABLE, a women's business organization of over 500 women. She is a Lifetime Member of the NAACP, and holds membership in the Music City Chapter of Links, Chair, Arts Committee, Top Ladies of Distinction and the President of the National Hook Up of Black Women, and the Minerva Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Brenda Co-Chaired the capital campaign for the Northwest YMCA and has successfully raised almost $4 million dollars for an indoor swimming pool. She previously served on the board of Middle Tennessee YMCA, and has chaired the We Build People for the YMCA, raising over $100 thousand dollars for scholarships. In the Tennessee General Assembly, she is on the Fiscal Review Committee, the Budget and Finance Committee and the Business and Utility. Rep. Gilmore Chairs the Tennessee Black Caucus of the State Legislators, and Co-Chairs the STEM Caucus. Nationally, she is a board member of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, Director of Women in Government and the Chair of the Women's Network, National Council of State Legislators, and a member of the Directors of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. She has received numerous awards. She and her husband, Harry has been married for 43 years. They have one daughter, Councilwoman Erica Gilmore and one granddaughter, Anyah Gilmore Jones, who is a high school scholar at Martin Luther King. Mrs. Gilmore is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She works with passion for issues affecting poor people, disadvantaged, women and children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Brenda Gilmore

State of TN

Term: Aug 2014 - June 2017

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