The Carr Family Foundation (CFF) was chartered in 2007 by Anna, Ellen, Anne, and Jeff Carr to implement the nonprofit interests of the Carr family. It is a Tennessee corporation exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. The CFF's annual information return (IRS Form 990-PF) is available for public inspection at the foundation's office upon request.
The current activities of the CFF are college scholarship programs for high school graduates in Dickson and Hickman Counties in Tennessee, and occasional grants to publically supported 501(c) 3 organizations that are aligned with Carr family interests.
The officers of the CFF are Jeff Carr, President and Chairman; Anne Carr, Vice Chairman; Anna Carr, Secretary: and Ellen Carr, Treasurer.
Dickson and Hickman County Scholarship Programs
The Carr Scholarship Program in Hickman County was begun in 2006 by Ellen Carr, in cooperation with the Hickman County Education Foundation (a 501(c) 3 organization). The awarding of new grants was transferred to the CFF in 2009, in cooperation with the HCEF. The HCEF continues to handle grant renewals for Hickman County scholarships awarded prior to 2009. The Dickson County Scholarship Program was established by the CFF in 2008, both in recognition of the need for scholarship funds on the part of the graduates of the high schools in Dickson County, and in appreciation for the contributions of individual teachers to the education of Anna (’93) and Ellen (’89) Carr. It was developed in consultation with Glenda Sullivan and Richard Jones, faculty members at Dickson County High School when Anna and Ellen were students there.
Thus far, 32 students have received annual grants from the CFF ranging in amount from $500 to $2,500.
Other Programs and Volunteers
Although the CFF's principal current initiative is its Dickson and Hickman County scholarship program, its interests extend to other initiatives that could help the overall quality of education in these and other rural counties in Tennessee. The CFF is currently exploring a mentoring program for lower-income, rural elementary / middle school students focused on exposing them to the benefits of a college degree, motivating them to attend college, and directing them towards the appropriate academic and extracurricular pursuits to improve their college admission options. We invite suggestions for this and other new programs, as well as volunteers for our existing and any new programs. Beyond our interest in education, we anticipate, as funding permits, developing and funding other initiatives that have the potential to improve the quality of life in these counties.