St. George's Enterprise Ministry (SGEM)

Our Mission: To fulfill Christ’s Great Commission by assisting local social entrepreneurs in growing enterprises which empower those in need.

Our Vision: St. George’s Enterprise Ministry seeks to share the gospel by partnering with innovative and compassionate social entrepreneurs who seek to improve the long-term economic viability of underserved communities in Nashville.

2017 Recipients

BRANDED Collective

Working in collaboration with the Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee (ESTN), BRANDED Collective is an economic empowerment jobs program that works with and employs survivors of human trafficking. In a safe and supportive work environment, the survivors collaborate with local artisans to design and handcraft a collection of jewelry for resale. By providing training and employment to the women, BRANDED teaches them a wide variety of skills including time management, money management, commitment to a job, and responsibility to start and finish a job thoroughly.  Through the development of these skills BRANDED strives to position the survivors to successfully enter the work force, gain financial independence, and restore hope.

Organized as a for-profit social enterprise, BRANDED will be receiving a low-interest loan instead of a grant from St. George's Enterprise Ministry (SGEM).  SGEM’s financial support will enable BRANDED to rent needed space, purchase production equipment, and allow one of the co-founders to be employed full-time, all of which will allow BRANDED to continue its growth and expand its employment of survivors while raising awareness of human trafficking in Nashville. 

In addition to the financial support, SGEM will be working to recruit St. George’s parishioners to get involved as advisors, Board members, and volunteers to assist BRANDED and the women they serve.  To learn more, please go to www.brandedcollective.com

 

Poverty & the Arts

Poverty & the Arts, located in the Wedgewood Houston Neighborhood of South Nashville, is a haven for homeless artists to foster their creativity and form meaningful community. The Artist Collective program is a place for homeless artists to utilize the 3rd Avenue South studio space to create meaningful works in partnership with mentors from the local art community. Finished works are displayed in the gallery of the studio space as well is in businesses and personal collections across the city. Program participants receive a substantial percentage of the monies received from the sale of artwork and other Poverty & the Arts merchandise. Most importantly, these artists form meaningful relationships with each other and PovA volunteers, the tools to creative something of beauty, and the connections necessary to secure housing, employment, and other life necessities.

 

Join our team of Mentors and Volunteers

Interested in being an SGEM mentor or volunteer? Fill out our form below to tell us about your skillset and interests. Please contact Chris Calton at ccalton@farlieturner.com with any specific questions.

 

Fill out my online form.

 

Grant Funding

The St. George’s Enterprise Ministry (“SGEM”) was formed as an expression of St. George’s successful Living Waters Campaign which was completed in 2013 and raised more than $6 million. One-tenth of the funds raised were designated “to invest in a new mission initiative that would bless the Nashville community and serve as a catalyst for future St. George’s ministry opportunities and relationships outside the parish.”

At this time, SGEM has approximately $630,000 available to “invest” in the Nashville community.

Applications for 2017 funding must be submitted no later than May 31, 2016. 

The SGEM application may be downloaded here.

Please read below for additional information about the St. George’s Enterprise Ministry, including funding criteria and priorities.

SGEM will invest funds in these social enterprises and support the leaders through the skills and talents of our parishioners. The enterprise partners will receive the following:

  • Financial support
  • Mentoring for organizational and leadership development
  • Access to a broad base of networking connections. 

The recipients of the entrepreneurs’ offerings will be able to live inn deeper faith, with greater hope, and as full partners in effecting change within their own neighborhoods. 

The parishioners of St. George’s will share in the spreading of the Gospel locally

  • With more in-depth relationships growing out of the Enterprise Ministry partnerships;
  • Via increased opportunities for hands-on volunteer work; and
  • Through greater understanding of the economic challenges present in Nashville. 

God calls us as a church to embody and bear witness to his kingdom in the world around us.  One of the fundamental ways we do this is through the giving of our time and resources for the benefit of our neighbors as an expression of God’s love for all people.  Because of our belief that deep and ongoing personal relationships are integral to this witness, this ministry seeks opportunities that are located within the Nashville Metro area

The SGEM Committee will seek to identify, evaluate, and support social enterprises that: 

  • Focus on development, not betterment
  • Promote interdependency, not dependency
  • Empower recipients with personal and social transformation
  • Leverage St. George’s strengths in business, leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring 

 

Funding priorities

In addition to considering the faith-based nature of prospective enterprises and the more detailed criteria outlined below, in its selection process the SGEM Committee will prioritize funding enterprises that possess most if not all of the following characteristics:

  • Target an underserved community within Metro Nashville
  • Led by a committed, visionary leader
  • Developmental in nature, with an orientation toward job creation or jobs training
  • Start up or early stage in development
  • “Sponsored” by one or more St. George’s parishioners 
  • Provide ongoing, consistent opportunities for parishioner involvement 

To ensure the broadest impact, SGEM intends to limit the total amount of financial support committed on an annual basis to all supported partner enterprises to no more than $100,000 and the total cumulative support to any one enterprise to no more than $100,000. 

SGEM anticipates selecting one new enterprise for support annually, though more than one enterprise may be recommended for support at the discretion of the SGEM Committee. SGEM does not intend to be the sole or even majority financial supporter of any enterprise beyond the first year of support.  To ensure the sustainability of SGEM-supported enterprises, the following target funding guidelines have been established to encourage SGEM-supported enterprises to develop a broad base of support for their work, both financial and non-financial: 

  • No enterprise will receive more than $50,000 from SGEM within any 12 month period.
  • SGEM’s financial support of an enterprise will represent less than 50% of an enterprise’s total annual operating budget within 24 months of SGEM support

Application review will take place June-August, with finalists being chosen at the end of the review period. Finalists will be asked to present to the SGEM committee in the fall, and once those presentations are complete, the SGEM committee will make funding recommendations to the Church leadership in late fall.

 

Outcomes of support for enterprises

SGEM will invest funds in these selected social enterprises and support the leaders through the skills and talents of our parishioners. Enterprise partners will receive the following:

  • Financial support
  • Mentoring for organizational and leadership development
  • Access to a broad base of networking connections
  • The recipients of the entrepreneurs’ offerings will be able to live in deeper faith, with greater hope, and as full partners in effecting change within their own neighborhoods.
  • The parishioners of St. George’s will share in the spreading of the gospel locally
  • With more in-depth relationships growing out of the Enterprise Ministry partnerships
  • Via increased opportunities for hands-on volunteer work
  • Through greater understanding of the economic challenges present in Nashville