Compassionate Counsel
216 Centerview Drive Suite 317
Brentwood TN 37027-3226
Mission Statement
In response to the commands of Jesus and the obvious need of those unable to pay for legal services, Compassionate Counsel exists as a Christian legal aid ministry to offer free legal advice, guidance, and in select cases, representation to those unable to pay for such service in Middle Tennessee.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nicholas M. Tidwell
Board Chair Nicholas M. Tidwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Baptist Church of Gallatin, TN
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $69,444.00
Projected Annual Revenue $75,000.00 (2017)
Mission In response to the commands of Jesus and the obvious need of those unable to pay for legal services, Compassionate Counsel exists as a Christian legal aid ministry to offer free legal advice, guidance, and in select cases, representation to those unable to pay for such service in Middle Tennessee.
On February 14, 2011, on a day when the country celebrates “love,” Compassionate Counsel, a Christian legal aid ministry, was legally formed as a non-profit corporation to help meet Tennessee's overwhelming legal needs.  Several months later, Compassionate Counsel received approval from the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt 501(c)(3) entity.
In the six years since its founding, Compassionate Counsel has worked through a team of volunteers, including attorneys and non-attorneys alike, to provide counsel to more than 500 individuals who had nowhere else to turn.
Compassionate Counsel has formed partnerships with the Nashville Rescue Mission, a homeless ministry in downtown Nashville, and the Babb Center, a counseling ministry of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, and coordinates free legal clinics at their locations.
The organization has also participated in community events such as The Gift at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville to provide a brief seminar on legal topics that lesser advantaged individuals are likely to encounter.  
  1. Prayer.  Please pray for our ministry as we seek to expand our impact.
  2. Money.  We have set a goal of raising $50,000 by July 31, 2017 to allow us to transition into full-time operation.
  3. Volunteers.  Whether you are an attorney or just an individual interested in helping us with our mission, we have a place for you.
  4. Ministry Partners.  We are always open to finding new churches, ministries, or businesses interested in bringing our team of attorneys in to host a legal clinic or educational session.
  5. Publicity.  Please help us get the word out both to those who could use our help and those who could join us in our work.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

There are many ways you can help us in our mission for gospel justice. First, we covet your prayers. Second, you may be able to volunteer with us. And, of course, we appreciate any contributions you can make.



Here at Compassionate Counsel, we believe in the power of prayer. Even if you cannot help us in any other way, we greatly appreciate any and all prayers you can offer up for us. Please pray for those we serve, that they will see the love of Christ in everything that we do and that His name will be honored in our work.


Click here to learn more about opportunities to serve through Compassionate Counsel.


Compassionate Counsel greatly appreciates and needs the donations of individuals, businesses, churches and other ministries that believe in the work we are doing. Compassionate Counsel is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and all donations made to Compassionate Counsel are tax deductible. The more funds we receive, the more clients and legal needs we can serve.

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You may mail your check, made payable to COMPASSIONATE COUNSEL, to: Compassionate Counsel Attn: Nick Tidwell 216 Centerview Drive, Suite 317 Brentwood, Tennessee 37027 Thank you for your generosity! We appreciate you joining us in this work!
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Legal Services
Secondary Organization Category Religion- Related / Christianity
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Williamson
TN - Davidson
TN - Sumner
TN - Wilson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Robertson
TN - Cheatham
Compassionate Counsel serves the legal needs of the greater Nashville area, including Davidson and surrounding counties.
Description Our entire operation is built to provide legal aid to the poor and brokenhearted in middle Tennessee with the end goal of pointing people to Christ.
Budget 69444
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Homeless, Victims
Board Chair
Board Chair Nicholas M. Tidwell
Company Affiliation First Baptist Church of Gallatin, TN
Term Feb 2016 to Feb 2021
Board Members
Rick Barnette Davlyn Manufacturing Co., Inc.Voting
Jeremy Bussell Clearview Baptist ChurchVoting
Chuck Cline Stratton Street Investments LLCVoting
John Key Community Servants, Inc.Voting
Robert M. Pautienus IIIFidelis Law FirmVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Nicholas M. Tidwell
Term Start Feb 2011
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Under Development
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $69,444.00
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$0$0$0
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
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Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
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Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Exempt - Expires June 2017
Organizational Budgets and Other Documents
2017 Budget2017 Financial Comments

This organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

Kathryn Bennett 4/10/17.
Nonprofit Compassionate Counsel
Address 216 Centerview Drive Suite 317
Brentwood, TN 37027 3226
Primary Phone (615) 933-8109
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Nicholas M. Tidwell
Board Chair Nicholas M. Tidwell
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Baptist Church of Gallatin, TN
Year of Incorporation 2011

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