Thank you for your interest in joining us by becoming a member and/or making a donation to the Center for Sustainable Stewardship. We are able to continue in the pursuit of delivering our mission and vision with the philanthropic support from friends like you.
The Center for Sustainable Stewardship has big plans to grow our membership and to increase awareness for watershed protection. Starting in May, the CSS will provide talks, walks, educational experiences, organically grown vegetables, and weekend access to our beautiful watershed just 15 minutes from Franklin, TN. Our mission is simple, to promote sustainable stewardship of land and water and personal well-being through education and experiences with nature. We disconnect from our small screens, listen to the rustle of the trees, and are inspired by nature. Our planet is changing, the population is growing, and pristine watersheds are becoming rarer. We treasure the Big East Fork Valley and seek to protect it and other watersheds like it. Come join us!
Vision: To foster stewards of the land and water, create sustainable healthy lifestyles, and connection with our natural world.
Mission: To promote sustainable stewardship and community well-being through education and experiences in nature.
What we do: Our program areas are focused on environmental education, outdoor experiences in the forrest and farm, and encouraging land and water stewardship.
What makes us special: We are a community supported non-profit nestled in the valley of Big East Fork Creek, a major tributary to the South Harpeth River. The Center for Sustainable Stewardship is located in a part of the Big East Fork Preserve and operates a small farm on several acres across the road. We provide unique experiences for members and guests that range from farm experiences, hiking and environmental studies of the watershed to workshops promoting spiritual connections with nature.
CSS Membership Rates and Benefits:
All members receive priority for new programs/workshops/classes (before events are advertised to the public) and discounts on watercraft and spa services.
Nature Lover $100 /year
Membership INCLUDES access to CSS trails on weekends. SEASONAL access to a variety of vegetables, herbs, and eggs to share. MONTHLY pick-up at the farm (May- Sept).
Stewards $300 /year
Membership INCLUDES access to CSS trails on weekends. 10% Retreat Center rental discount. SEASONAL access to a variety of vegetables, herbs, and eggs to share. WEEKLY pick-up at the farm (May- Sept). Two guest passes for our quarterly educational series (such as food preservation, guided nature hikes, environmental education).
Trailblazers $450 /year
Membership INCLUDES access to CSS trails on weekends. 20% Retreat Center rental discount. SEASONAL access to a variety of vegetables, herbs, and eggs to share. WEEKLY pick-up at the farm (May- Sept). Eight guest passes for our quarterly educational series (such as food preservation, guided nature hikes, environmental education).
Sustainers $600 /yearMembership INCLUDES daily access to CSS trails. 40% Retreat Center rental discount. SEASONAL access to a variety of vegetables, herbs, and eggs to share. WEEKLY pick-up at the farm (May- Sept). 16 guest passes for ANY OF OUR quarterly sustainable education event held at CSS. These events will FEATURE food preservation and/OR jam making along with nature hikes and environmental education.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP $5000/ year
Your donation will help operate our school-age education program and maintain our outdoor classroom.
Membership includes: 50% discount on Retreat Center and conference room rentals; invitation to our annual Gratitude Dinner; 100 free day passes for employees;
Consultation on a sustainability project for your company. Projects demonstrate ways to improve our environmental impact and help protect our natural resources while demonstrating sustainable practices. These projects may be documented with video and photographs. Examples of ongoing projects include: planting trees; solar installation; assistance with ongoing research projects on water quality and other sustainable practices.Many employers will match gifts that their employees make to nonprofits. Information on gift-matching programs can be found on doublethedonation.com, and you can always ask your employer directly about matching your gift to CSS.
Securities or stocks also make effective gifts. You are entitled to deductions for the fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift, plus you pay no tax on the capital gain value of the gift shares. A deduction of up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income is available, with a five-year carry-over of excess deductions.
Your membership donation will help maintain and protect the CSS facilities and the surrounding acreage, lake and streams, provide community education and demonstrate a model for sustainable farming and energy production, as well as create a community of like-minded stewards to preserve Big East Fork Valley for future generations.
5375 Big East Fork Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
Center for Sustainable Stewardship
5375 Big East Fork Rd, Franklin, TN 37064
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Legacy gifts play a vital role in the future of CSS as we continue to ensure our sustainability and expand our reach in the world. Legacy gifts, also known as planned gifts, include bequests made in a will, beneficiary designations of a life insurance policy or retirement plan, and others.
CSS accepts legacy gift requests in a variety of fashions from naming a room or facility after the donor to planting a tree or placing a bench in their honor. If you have a specific request, we will work with you to make it happen.
Checks may be mailed to: Center for Sustainable Stewardship PO BOX 6 Franklin, TN 37065
Please go to the Contacts link to let us know how you would like us to use your gift.
Center for Sustainable Stewardship is qualified as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible, as allowed by the law. No taxable goods or services are provided in consideration of gifts, unless stated otherwise.