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Community Impact

We’re passionate about giving back and serving others however we can. The team at Sterner Financial are active members of our community and have served on boards or volunteered for several local non-profits over the years including:


  • Northside Neighborhood House
  • YMCA of Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Food Bank
  • McNeilly Center for Children
  • Downtown Nashville Rotary Club
  • YMCA of Brentwood
  • Brentwood Academy Parents Association


  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • Northside Neighborhood House
  • American Heart Association
  • United Way Tocqueville Society
  • Y.E.S. – Youth Enrichment Services
  • Big Brother Big Sisters of Middle TN
  • JDRF – Curing Type 1 Diabetes
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Lana’s Love Foundation
  • American Cancer Society
  • Kiwanis Youth Foundation
  • Chambliss Center for Children
  • Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga
  • St. Baldrick Foundation
  • Kidz Outdoors – North Georgia
  • Ronald McDonald House


  • Northside Neighborhood House
  • MOMentum Network
  • United Way Community Impact Days
  • Mother to Mother
  • Hope Clinic for Women

Northside Neighborhood House logo

John has been honored to serve on the board of directors and finance committee for the Northside Neighborhood House in Chattanooga, TN. This organization promotes independence through education and has a practical system in place to provide people with a chance to succeed and care for their families.

Over the years, John has supported the Northside Neighborhood House through Christmas toy drives, teaching financial literacy classes for children, and hands-on service of building a new playground. His active participation in various fundraising efforts has helped bring in thousands of dollars, which are sent back out to the community through strategic assistance for those in need. Since 2013, John has also been a member of the United Way Tocqueville Society, which is a major partner in the work of the Northside Neighborhood House. His wife, Liz, served as a faithful volunteer in their after-school tutoring program for several years. Together, they have experienced first-hand the significant impact being made on the Chattanooga community through this organization.

The Northside Neighborhood House was founded in 1924 by a group of women determined to help their community by teaching them life skills. For over 90 years, they have continued to serve the North Chattanooga area with their mission to offer a hand up, not a hand out, to those in need. Learn more at

Alex's Lemonade Stand logo

Sterner Financial is proud to partner with Northwestern Mutual to raise money for childhood cancer research through Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF emerged from the front-yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004).

In 2000, four-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation has evolved into a national fundraising movement. They have raised $200 million for pediatric cancer research and funded more than 1000 research projects since 2005. 

Northwestern Mutual has given more than $20 million to the cause and funded more than 240,000 hours of research to fight childhood cancer.