Financials & Governance

50 Years of Building Trust

Relationships mean everything for our success. At Oasis, we believe the foundation of a strong relationship is trust. Over our 50-year history, Oasis has worked to build and maintain the trust of our stakeholders — our supporters, our staff, and the community we serve — not only by providing exceptional programs but also by being transparent and accountable to those who invest in our work.

Board Members

Tayo Atanda (President), Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP

Jason Jensen (Treasurer), Asurion

Laura Creekmore (Secretary), Syndigo

Ashlee Davis (HR/Nominating Chair), AllianceBernstein

Lynn Blake, PSA North America, Inc.

Gregg Boling, GS&F

Charles Robert Bone, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Lisa Campbell, Volunteer

Hon. Richard Dinkins, Tennessee State Courts

Sonnye Dixon, Hobson United Methodist Church

Frank Drummond, HCA Healthcare

Martha Earls, efg Management

Melissa Eli, Ankura

Jill Heyman, VMLY&R

Rex Martin, Dollar General

Andres Martinez, Conexión Américas

Tashina Mason, Kroger

Brian McKinley, Ingram Content Group

Susan Mosley-Howard, Miami University

John Ozier, Reservoir Media

Chris Patterson, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Michael Peacock, Bridgestone

Jason Ringblom, LP Building Solutions

Sam Strang, Alley-Cassetty

Robyn Williams, Nissan North America

Britney Gannon, Ex-Officio, Junior League

Jianne McDonald, Young Leaders Intern

Gerardo Amay, Student Representative

Osaro Orhiekhoe, Student Representative

Tola Oshomoji, Student Representative

Charity Navigator Four Star Rating

Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency of America's largest charities. Charity Navigator has awarded Oasis Center four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Oasis Center adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Click here to review our four star rating.

Donor Privacy Statement

Oasis Center is committed to protecting our donors’ privacy. We collect, use and disclose a donor’s personal information only for specific internal use. This includes: establishing and managing a relationship with a donor, providing information on Oasis Center news and events, soliciting funds that help us reach our financial goals, and processing gifts and returning appropriate receipts. To publicly recognize and thank them for their generosity, we occasionally publish the names of our donors. All wishes to remain anonymous will be honored. Individuals who donate or volunteer their time to Oasis and share with us their personal information may be added to future mailing lists, including an email list for our monthly newsletter. Oasis Center will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

Statement of Inclusiveness

Oasis Center strives to have an open and affirming culture, in which we not only ask staff not to discriminate but also to be advocates for all youth. In complicance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Oasis Center provides services and assistance to any individual who is otherwise qualified regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious preference, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability. Individuals will not be subjected to segregation or separate treatment in any manner related to receipt of service; restricted in any way in the enjoyment of services, facilities, or any other advantage, privilege or benefit provided to others under the program; or addressed in a manner that denotes inferiority because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religious preference, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability.

Our Stand Against Racism and Racist Systems

At Oasis Center, we believe in social justice and racial equality, and we condemn institutions whose policies and practices lead to injustice and hate.

But are we doing enough?

As an agency that strives to empower youth and collaboratively create justice and equity in the institutions that impact them, we need to take a hard look at ourselves to see where we are failing to live up to our own ideals. We know we need more diversity in leadership positions so that our agency better represents the youth we serve. We know that despite good intentions not all of our young people feel as welcome as we would like when entering our building.

George Floyd's horrendous murder by Minneapolis police along with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and David McAtee has captured the nation's attention and left more people in our country feeling outraged and anguished. All of this is occurring in a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting Black communities.

It has to stop.

And it starts with us. All of us.

Especially those of us who are white.

It's time for all of us to get out of our well-intentioned bubbles and start making changes at the individual, organizational and systemic level.

It's time to ask the person on our Facebook feed to reflect on why they are more outraged over a store being looted than a black man rendered helpless and cruelly murdered by police officers.

It's time to ask the executive team at our work whether we couldn't find qualified minority candidates because they didn't apply or because we didn't look in the right places? Or is it because we are not an attractive place to work?

It's time to pick an issue and get involved. Health care, poverty, education, environment, law enforcement. Just pick the one closest to your heart, learn about it and get involved politically and socially.

We recognize that everyone comes to this with different perspectives based on their lived experience and that everyone's journey down this road will be unique.

While opinions will differ on the right strategies and tactics for you or your organization to take, let us be unified in our call to action.

At Oasis, that starts with a commitment to bringing in more people of color to leadership positions. We are committed to that.

This past January we created an anti-racism committee within our agency. This committee is comprised of staff from every level and department and it is looking at all of our policies and practices to make recommendations on how we can improve.

We stand in support of youth activists in Nashville and across the country who have stood up for what is right and continue to uphold the rich and powerful legacy of youth activism.

It's time for us all to act so that someday…

No mother lives in fear that a child will not return home from school.

No father has to explain to a young child why most people will treat him differently based on the color of his skin.

No big sister will worry about a younger brother making it home safely from a jog.

No person feels like they have to change their identity, mannerisms or presentation for fear of losing their life.

And the conditions that nurture young people are available to ALL our youth, and not just some. Our families, our communities and our country deserve no less.

Our Funding

Oasis is the recipient of funds from a wide range of generous community members, foundations, churches, corporate and civic groups, United Way, and government sources. Our major public funding comes, in part, from the US Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration; US Department of Health and Human Services-Family and Youth Services Bureau; US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services; Tennessee Department of Children's Services; Tennessee Office of Criminal Justice Programs; and the Metropolitan Government of Nashville/Davidson County.

Investment Policy

Oasis Center maintains a board-approved Investment Policy that establishes investment objectives, policies, guidelines and eligible securities related to the investment funds owned by the agency. Restricted investments ("Prohibited Securities") include: stock, equity positions or bonds in alcohol, tobacco or firearm manufacturers, initial public offerings, restricted securities, private placements, derivatives, options, futures, margined transactions, and generally anything that is considered an “alternative” investment. Exceptions to Prohibited Securities may be made only when assets are invested in a mutual fund, and the manager of that fund, as part of a broader investment strategy, periodically or temporarily invests a portion of the fund in Prohibited Securities to mitigate risk and enhance return.