Saturday, June 20, 2009

Letter of Inquiry: Nashville Predators Foundation (Middle Tennessee)

BETF and BDPA Middle Tennessee chapter joined together to submit a letter of inquiry to Gerry Helper, president of the Nashville Predators Foundation, in support of the SITES program.

Established in September 1998, the Predators Foundation strives to meet the educational, social, health and cultural needs of the community by offering unique resources and financial support to local youth-oriented organizations. All 501(c)3 organizations in Middle Tennessee are eligible to receive grants, which are distributed once a year. Annual grant applications are solicited by mid-February for consideration.

Since its 1998 inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in financial grants to Nashville and Middle Tennessee community service and charitable organizations. Between the grants and other charitable donations, such as player ticket programs and fund-raising efforts, the Foundation put more than $---600,000 back into the community during the 2008-09 season. Upon reviewing hundreds of grant applications, and in keeping consistent with the Foundation's mission, the grant committee selected programs that will primarily benefit children. Of 104 total charities, 64 were Nashville-based and 40 were first-time recipients of Predators Foundation grants.

It is likely that all professional sports teams have similar programs. Have you looked to see if such a program exists in your chapter city? This would be a wonderful reward for your hard-working students in the SITES program.

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