Our History

Across the country, including Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga, nonprofit centers help restore public confidence and community support in the nonprofit sector.

In the fall of 2013, a task force comprised of community leaders was formed to create a nonprofit center in East Tennessee - the Alliance for Better Nonprofits (ABN). ABN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to serve all nonprofits in the 25-county upper East Tennessee region.

Studies of the nation’s most effective nonprofit resource and training centers were conducted and a business model was drafted based on this research. A founding board of directors officially incorporated ABN in October 2014, and the first three staff members were hired in the spring of 2015. ABN officially opened its doors in September 2015.

The Alliance for Better Nonprofits was established through the support of many community partners and supporters. ABN is designed to be an efficient, self-sustaining entity with the majority of revenue generated from membership, training, and consulting fees.