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Discover Life in America

Total Qualifying Score: 6
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $100,000 to $250,000 – 2 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Discover Life in America
Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee 37738

County (ARC Region) Sevier
State (ARC Region) Tennessee


Q1. Mission:

Discovering, understanding, and conserving biological diversity

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

We are based in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but we have a regional approach to research, education and conservation to increase the knowledge and understanding and protection of the great resources of the region, especially the biological resources, which match well with goals 2 and 4.  One of our aspirations is to train and inspire the next generation of scientists, which fits well with goal 5.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/0 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $179800/$187840

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $209613 / $180365

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $179800 / $187840

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($24000)
Received From: First Horizon Bank   Date Received: April 2020
For What Purpose(s): Payroll Protection -PPP

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

We were unable to proceed with our work for several weeks.

We had to cancel or postpone several projects/events related to fundraising and contracts.

With many of our funding sources (donors, small businesses, etc) especially negatively impacted by COVID-19 we are having a hard time raising the money we need to do our work.

We expect this to be a longer term funding problem.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Being able to accomplish our work
Long term problems created by the pandemic

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

We hope this would help us re-evaluate our fundraising, and potentially open up new areas and ideas for funding sources.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Todd Witcher Witcher, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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