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Total Qualifying Score: 8
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: Yes – 0
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee 37406

County (ARC Region) Hamilton
State (ARC Region) Tennessee


Q1. Mission:

WaterWays mission is to empower communities to protect and restore their watersheds where they live, work, and play.  Our motto is  clean water, healthy communities.  

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

We always start with education, capacity building in young people and community members to know their impacts on the water and how their community will thrive with clean water.  We teach kids and college students about innovative methods for improving water quality  and give them the tools to make that happen.  We work closely with water and stormwater utilities to improve stormwater practices and improve water quality for drinking water.  We also help people test their water.    We are also working on restoration of streams and abandoned mines, which will improve communities. 

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/2 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/5 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $340,000/$328,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $233355 / $227718

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $340,000 / $328,000

Balance Sheet

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

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($22462)
Received From: First Bank   Date Received: 4/17/2020
For What Purpose(s): salary and rent

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Closed down our thrift store for 2.5 months. Could not do programs or community work . Lost program income and camp income and sponsorships.   So difficult onboarding a new AmeriCorps VISTA when we cannot work together in person.  got sick and lost a couple of weeks of work. 

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Long term financial stability therefore a need for a development plan
How to negotiate Covid and keep our thrift store open and our programs going while not wearing out staff
short term financial viability

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Creating a development plan will give us a roadmap for how to improve our financial outlook and engage more long term supporters.   It will help guide us.  We recently rebranded and it will help us get more notoriety as well.  


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-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)


Name: MaryBeth Sutton Sutton, Executive Director

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

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