Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation / The Generosity Trust

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The Chattanooga Christian Community Foundation works to serve donors, ministries, and legal and financial advisors in the greater Chattanooga area.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Generosity Trust
345 Frazier Ave
Unit 205
Chattanooga, TN 37405


Phone: (423) 266-5257

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 621536731

CEO/President: James R. Barber

Chairman: Bruce C. Zeiser

Board size: 9

Founder: Dora Maclellan Brown

Ruling year: 1993

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our primary purpose is to provide donor-advised funds for believers - all across the country - to assist them in honoring the Lord with what He has entrusted to them.

Mission statement

The Generosity Trust advances the cause of Christ by magnifying the joyful generosity of Christians.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Foundations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating652 of 11125 of 10
Fund acquisition rating941 of 11137 of 10
Resource allocation rating579 of 11134 of 10
Asset utilization rating309 of 11127 of 10

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,095,492$3,461,551$3,649,733
Short-term investments$63,113,332$68,267,250$63,371,205
Other current assets$0$0$0
Total current assets$93,524,232$99,906,442$85,463,531
Long-term investments$1,413,588$1,657,572$1,658,195
Fixed assets$721,862$747,861$777,559
Other long-term assets$5,610,455$5,549,397$7,987,989
Total long-term assets$7,745,905$7,954,830$10,423,743
Total assets$101,270,137$107,861,272$95,887,274
Payables and accrued expenses$64,352$67,143$36,963
Other current liabilities$0$0$86,620
Total current liabilities$64,352$67,143$123,583
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,910,861$3,511,389$2,898,523
Total long-term liabilities$3,910,861$3,511,389$2,898,523
Total liabilities$3,975,213$3,578,532$3,022,106
Net assets202220212020
Without donor restrictions$84,844,021$90,158,828$79,323,184
With donor restrictions$12,450,903$14,123,912$13,541,984
Net assets$97,294,924$104,282,740$92,865,168
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$35,092,676$30,141,443$25,348,929
Program service revenue$31,668$20,054$22,304
Membership dues$0$0$0
Investment income$3,417,053$7,557,365$2,027,309
Other revenue($20,473)$13,874$11,906
Total other revenue$3,428,248$7,591,293$2,061,519
Total revenue$38,520,924$37,732,736$27,410,448
Program services$30,789,925$26,289,152$24,872,637
Management and general$365,495$296,537$359,134
Total expenses$31,190,251$26,620,500$25,266,480
Change in net assets202220212020
Surplus (deficit)$7,330,673$11,112,236$2,143,968
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$7,330,673$11,112,236$2,143,968


James R BarberPresident$160,740

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/24/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The story of The Generosity Trust is the story of a Christian woman with a bold vision: to be extraordinarily generous with the financial resources God had entrusted to her. Dora Maclellan Brown, affectionately known as Aunt Dora, served on the Board of her family's private foundation and encouraged them in a letter "to always remember the definitely Christian faith." Using proceeds earned through her family business, she started her own foundation that would become The Generosity Trust. Her letter has become a guiding principle for our outreach.

Today, The Generosity Trust (TGT) carries forward Aunt Dora's vision more than 50 years later. We advance the cause of Christ by magnifying the joyful generosity of Christians. While continuing to make grants and provide seminary scholarships in memory of our founder, we are primarily a donor-driven foundation that provides funds and services to simplify charitable giving for generous Christians.

The legacy of Aunt Dora remains central to our work today as we begin serving a third generation of donors. We partner with people who want to be generous with their financial resources and leave a legacy for years to come.

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