Since 1976, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the well-being of the children of the world by providing basic needs, artistic expression, and unconditional love.
For twenty-five years, Tattercoats, Ltd. was primarily an arts organization. The foundation produced some 30 original ballets and theatre pieces for young people in Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia. Classical ballet and theatre production were the focus. Audiences everywhere were enthralled with the poignant stories, beautiful sets and costumes, and professional presentation.
In 2000, after a trip to Africa, Tom and Gail Barnes, founders, rewrote the mission statement to include humanitarian efforts.
Tattercoats became an engine for driving efforts like well boring, bringing water to a small orphanage in Abuja Nigeria; generator installations, bringing electricity to the orphanage; medical attention, bringing nurses and doctors to the orphanage; short term relief, bringing food, clothing, books, medicines, and teachers to the orphanage.
In 2003, a School for the Deaf in Tegucigalpa Honduras sought help. The 64 young people in the school needed more space, more teachers, and more training. The foundation threw its efforts behind developing tools for fund-raising and is now in the process of renovating a new classroom facility where sign language, reading, writing, and arithmetic are taught. They are also developing the on-going training in cosmetology, upholstery and woodworking, and sewing: vocational skills which will insure the deaf are not without means.
In addition, Tattercoats has throughout its history supported hundreds of young Americans who found the opportunity to go into the world on short term mission trips, encouraging each to take their artistic expressions of dance and mime into underdeveloped countries. Yearly the foundation donates original artwork for sale to benefit AIDS patients, children’s hospitals, and homeless shelters.
Tattercoats is not a huge organization. The principals do not earn salaries. They pay their own travel and accommodations costs. Administrative costs are simply postage and computer supplies. Legal advice is also donated. The thrust for spending is to place maximum dollars in the hands of those who are doing the work, applying it directly to the benefit of the young people served.
The foundation complies with all the laws governing 501-3C non profit organizations. All donations are tax-deductible. Always seek professional tax advice for any large gift.