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Report to the Community

2023 Year in Review

For the Heritage Foundation, 2023 was a year of growth. Across the entire organization, we discovered new ones and drew closer to those already before us. Not only did 2023 see public discourse about historic preservation reach passionate new levels, but it reaffirmed that the horizons this nonprofit is pursuing are within reach and are accompanied by other beautiful opportunities right behind them. Thank you for you interest in the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN.

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Rewatch our 2023 Year In Review

Heritage Foundation of Williamson County

Our mission is to preserve and share regional history, local historic places and signature events that carry on our community traditions and cultural heritage through fundraising, research, advocacy, education, preservation, and community engagement.

Downtown Franklin Association

Our mission is to lead the continued revitalization and purposeful evolution of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation by building a diverse economic base, promoting unique features and the buy-local experience, fostering inviting and accessible people-centric public spaces, and forging partnerships across sectors.

The Franklin Theatre

Our mission is to provide world-class performing arts experiences to diverse Williamson County residents and visitors and to be a platform for local philanthropic engagement and education, while providing unparalleled guest service.

Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens

Our mission is to be a landmark destination that creates a sense of place, timelessness and beauty for all people to engage with education, art, history, nature and community.

2022 By The Numbers

  • 869 attend the 49th Annual Heritage Ball, raising $640K for local historic preservation 
  • 22 historic Williamson County locations receive fieldwork and site visits by our team 
  • 14 "Sites to Save" identified 
  • 1 National Historic Register Building Acquired
  • 7 Free Warwick Lecture Series events host hundreds of attendees 
  • 1,047 Committed Donors 
  • 54 Business Members 
  • 94 Corporate Sponsors 
  • 742 Volunteers  
  • 2,300+ hours of donated time 
  • 5 Grants Awarded 

  • 364,000+ guests at 3 festivals 
  • Over $10 Million in local economic impact from 3 festivals 
  • 125 dedicated business members 
  • 99% ground floor occupancy rate 
  • 65 net gain in new businesses 
  • 30 member meetings 
  • 97,000 reach via social & email 

  • 46,000 tickets distributed (limited capacity January-June) 
  • 174 Live Events 
  • 149 Movie Screenings 
  • 105 Rental Events 
  • 632,000+ Tickets sold (since 2011) 
  • $15k raised from Marquee Messages 
  • $59K in in-kind donations to other nonprofits 
  • 27 Nonprofits & Schools Served – A Platform for Philanthropy & Education  
  • 155 Personal Marquee Messages 
  • 363 Donors 
  • 102k Reach via social & email

  • 3 tenants occupy Innovation Center, selected by Williamson, Inc.
  • 4 iterations of the site plan 
  • 10 community meetings held 
  • 382+ Franklin Grove Ambassadors

  • 14 History Center events held
  • $100k invested in infrastructure improvements

  • 869 attend the 49th Annual Heritage Ball, raising $640K for local historic preservation 
  • 22 historic Williamson County locations receive fieldwork and site visits by our team 
  • 14 "Sites to Save" identified 
  • 1 National Historic Register Building Acquired
  • 7 Free Warwick Lecture Series events host hundreds of attendees 
  • 1,047 Committed Donors 
  • 54 Business Members 
  • 94 Corporate Sponsors 
  • 742 Volunteers  
  • 2,300+ hours of donated time 
  • 5 Grants Awarded 

  • 364,000+ guests at 3 festivals 
  • Over $10 Million in local economic impact from 3 festivals 
  • 125 dedicated business members 
  • 99% ground floor occupancy rate 
  • 65 net gain in new businesses 
  • 30 member meetings 
  • 97,000 reach via social & email 

  • 46,000 tickets distributed (limited capacity January-June) 
  • 174 Live Events 
  • 149 Movie Screenings 
  • 105 Rental Events 
  • 632,000+ Tickets sold (since 2011) 
  • $15k raised from Marquee Messages 
  • $59K in in-kind donations to other nonprofits 
  • 27 Nonprofits & Schools Served – A Platform for Philanthropy & Education  
  • 155 Personal Marquee Messages 
  • 363 Donors 
  • 102k Reach via social & email

  • 3 tenants occupy Innovation Center, selected by Williamson, Inc.
  • 4 iterations of the site plan 
  • 10 community meetings held 
  • 382+ Franklin Grove Ambassadors

  • 14 History Center events held
  • $100k invested in infrastructure improvements