The Tennessee Commission for National and Community Service (now dba Volunteer Tennessee and created by Governor’s Executive Order in 1993) traces its roots to the Community Service Trust Act of 1993 and the creation of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS is an agency of the United States Government) by, then, President Clinton.  CNCS is the principal funder of Volunteer Tennessee’s community service programs.

Today, Volunteer Tennessee encourages and supports volunteerism and civic engagement across the state including AmeriCorps programs, the Annual Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service Learning and the Governor’s Volunteer Starts Awards program.

While discussion of non-profit development took place as early as 1997, the creation of a companion non-profit organization as a strategy to diversify the Commission’s funding sources is more recent.  In 2007, the Commission’s Strategic Partnership Committee began exploring potential mission benefits of a companion non-profit including researching non-profits established by other commissions.  A discussion of creating a 501(c)(3) companion non-profit organization first became an agenda item at the June 18, 2010 quarterly meeting.  The name “Friends of Volunteer Tennessee” (FVT) was selected and officially incorporated through the State of Tennessee on June 8, 2012.  Our 501(c)3 approval from the IRS was received in October 2013.

FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS & OFFICERS: Dave Keiser, President; Matthew Little, Vice President; Justin Ross, Treasurer; Julie Hembree, Secretary; Nerissa Aquino; Carol Gaudino; Jerry Herman.  Dr. Herman was elected Board President for the 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014 annual term...FVT currently has no staff.