SGI is a non-profit Christian organization focused on serving Muslims in need, both in the U.S. and around the world. We send and support teachers in Iraq, partner with refugee relief in Iraq and Europe, and offer support for refugees and migrants into the Nashville area.

We are a non-denominational agency with team members from a variety of backgrounds

SGI was founded in 1992 in response to the arrival of hundreds of Kurdish refugees to Nashville after the first Gulf War. Since that time our work has expanded to include teams and projects in Europe and the Middle East in addition to Nashville. 

    • Dave Dillard has worked with SGI since 1993 and currently serves as the Executive Director. Dave’s passion is to help everyday people use their gifts and talents to serve.
    • John Nelson serves as the Assistant Executive Director and focuses on team care. John and his wife Mary lived and worked with SGI in Iraq from 2010-2014. They currently have two young children, Henry and Millie.
    • Colleen McGarry is lead coordinator for SGI’s team of volunteers and associated programs in the Nashville area. Colleen served with SGI teams in Iraq for 6 years.
    • Lisa Harris serves as the Director of Team Development. She is in charge of recruiting, training and deployment of new team members. Lisa has been with SGI since 2004.
    • Kay Dokkestul is in charge of all curriculum and training developed to support the schools in Iraq. She lived in Iraq with her family in 2003.
    • Kim Goddard is our Office Manager. She handles all donor questions, gifts, receipts and in general keeps the office alive and in order. Kim has been with SGI since 1995.
    • Steve Goddard is our Local Liaison. He serves the Nashville Kurdish and Arab communities through direct interaction and mediation with Metro offices. He also coordinates some of our local programs.
  • Erik Aulie is Program Manager for our Iraq Refugee Camp projects, in particular those serving Yazidi refugees in the Northern provinces of Iraq.

Erik Aulie

  • Michael Antanaitis (Chairman) – Pastor, Belmont Church in Nashville, TN
  • Ian Kern (Secretary) – Producer, Compass Cinema in Nashville, TN
  • Jeff Dokkestul – Headmaster, Franklin Classical School in Franklin, TN
  • Nate Yoder – Elder, Christ Presbyterian Church in Brentwood, TN
  • Brandon Verner – Buyer Team Manager, Bluewater Books in Nashville, TN
  • Dave Dillard – Executive Director, Servant Group International in Nashville, TN

How will my donation be used?

You can designate gifts to a particular project or team member, or direct your gift to be used “where most needed.” At present, our greatest needs are (1) funds to recruit, deploy and sustain team members in Iraq, and (2) funds to help support projects serving refugees in Iraq and Greece who lost their homes to ISIS. Funds designated “general” or “where most needed” will be used for these projects and to help support overall ministry operations.

Can I earmark my donations for a certain person or project?

Yes, a list of active approved projects and/or team members can be found in the pull-down list on our donate page. To inquiry about other designations, please email our office manager Kim Goddard (kgoddard@servantgroup.org) or call our offices at 615-832-2282.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

Yes, SGI is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by IRS regulations.

Will I get a receipt?

Yes, the SGI Home Office mails a tax-deductible receipt for most donations. Donations processed via bank draft and/or online will receive a year-end receipt each January.

How does SGI decide what projects to fund? 

Our projects are built upon relationships, in particular long-term relationships we have with national believers serving in their communities and our teams working along side them. In concert with national believers, projects are selected and approved based upon potential for long-term impact, their ability to meet immediate felt needs, and long-term sustainability and viability.

How is SGI held accountable?

SGI is governed by a Board of Directors with 75+ years experience managing mission projects and teams. We undergo an independent audit each year, copies of which are available to any potential donor upon request.

Where does SGI get most of their funding?

About 55% of our support comes from individuals, 32% from churches, 8% from foundations, and 5% from other organizations and Christian-owned businesses. Almost all our funding comes from sources inside the U.S.

What percentage of my donation goes to fund overhead expenses?

Typically, 5% of each donation is allocated to help fund ministry overhead expenses.

How do I find out more about specific financial needs?

For more information regarding specific financial needs, please email our office manager Kim Goddard (kgoddard@servantgroup.org) or call our offices at 615-832-2282.

What will SGI do with my name and address information?

We will protect your privacy and will not share your name and address with any other organization or business. In addition to tax-deductible receipts, we will send you a copy of updates about our ministry from time to time via email or regular mail.

How can I update my donor information?

Please email our office manager Kim Goddard (kgoddard@servantgroup.org) or call 615-832-2282. If you donate online, you can update your donor information by going to the donate page and clicking the login link at the top right of the page.

Is SGI affiliated with any church or denomination?

SGI is a non-profit Christian agency supported by a wide variety of churches. We are not affiliated with any particular church or denomination.

Will SGI accept a matching gift from my company?

Yes, for more information please contact our office manager Kim Goddard (kgoddard@servantgroup.org) or call 615-832-2282.

Does SGI accept “gifts-in-kind?”

Gifts-in-kind (i.e., donated materials or special items) are welcome depending upon the need. Typically, we are not able to send material contributions overseas to Iraq, but we do accept donations for help with refugee work in Middle Tennessee. Per IRS regulations, receipts for gifts-in-kind will acknowledge the donation of items, but cannot establish a monetary value for donated items; that is the responsibility of the donor and/or their tax advisor.

Can SGI accept stock donations?

Yes, please contact our office administrator Robin Dillard at robin@servantgroup.org or 615-832-2282.

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  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the barrenness of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.

 

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