Hope Clinic for Women
1810 Hayes Street
Nashville TN 37203
Mission Statement


Hope Clinic for Women fulfills a unique mission in our community: to equip women, men and families with unplanned pregnancies, women’s healthcare, prevention education, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or abortion) and postpartum depression. We provide medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, mentorship and material support regardless of race, religion, age or ability to pay.

In 1983, Hope Clinic for Women began addressing the unmet needs of our community. Since then, we have established a strong reputation among clients, donors and volunteers. Because of our approach we reach a diverse group of clients who cross political, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Renee Rizzo
Board Chair Ms. Debbie Lassiter
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Crisis Pregnancy Support Center
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $999,564.00
Projected Annual Revenue $999,750.00 (2018)


Hope Clinic for Women fulfills a unique mission in our community: to equip women, men and families with unplanned pregnancies, women’s healthcare, prevention education, pregnancy loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or abortion) and postpartum depression. We provide medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, mentorship and material support regardless of race, religion, age or ability to pay.

In 1983, Hope Clinic for Women began addressing the unmet needs of our community. Since then, we have established a strong reputation among clients, donors and volunteers. Because of our approach we reach a diverse group of clients who cross political, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.



Hope Clinic for Women was founded in 1983 by a group of community leaders, pastors, priests, physicians and volunteers to meet the unique needs of women in unplanned pregnancies in a safe and confidential environment. For 35 years, we have continued that care while also broadening services to comprehensively meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of many woman. Additionally, we support the important people in her life who are walking with her through the challenges she faces.


  • 1983, began by offering pregnancy tests, options counseling by trained lay volunteers and free maternity and baby items.
  • 1985, added post-abortion counseling services.
  • 1998, developed abstinence education programs for public and private schools.
  • 2001, hired a part-time Nurse Practitioner to provide ultrasounds, prenatal education and STD testing.
  • 2007, added a male therapist to counsel the fathers of the baby and the parents of the pregnant woman.
  • 2008, we opened a maternity home for pregnant women to live before and after delivery. The program is now in partnership with Urban Housing Solutions and other housing agencies.
  • 2008, Shifted all counseling services to professional counselors on staff or master’s level interns.
  • 2008, Began utilizing trained volunteers to serve as mentors for clients.
  • 2009, developed the Pregnancy ‘Bridge’ program to encompass counseling, mentorship and education with incentives for material assistance.
  • 2009, Expanded post-abortion counseling to all forms of pregnancy loss including miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.
  • 2009, Added counseling for postpartum depression.
  • 2010, began recruiting volunteers to help reach the Hispanic community.
  • 2014, switched to EMR (electronic medical records) and expand services to Williamson County
  • 2016, began offering counseling through video options similar to Skype for those who cannot get to Nashville location
  • 2016, began offering full women's wellcare visits for women with our Nurse Practitioners, overseen by Medical Doctors on our board. 
  • 2017, we began offering pregnancy related classes online and expect to expand our library to our core 10 classes in 2018.
  • 2017, we began offering texting as a way to communicate to clients during office hours and in the evenings/weekends.


For the last 35 years, Hope Clinic has been the premier place for women in unplanned pregnancies to go for comprehensive care: medical care, professional counseling, education classes, case management, mentorship and practical support. In the last two decades, services have grown to include prevention education for youth and parents, women’s well-care visits, all forms of pregnancy loss counseling and postpartum depression treatment. We treat everyone regardless of age, race, religion or ability to pay. Our compassionate care ensures that both our clients and their babies are physically healthier and that women and their partners are emotionally healthier, making positive choices for their future.


 Accomplishments in our 2016-2017 Fiscal Year included:

  • Providing care to 1,500+ unique clients onsite and support to their partners, spouses, parents and families who joined them on visits.
    • Over 600 new women came in for our pregnancy services, and we helped over 800 pregnant families through referrals and clients already in our Bridge Program.
    • 122 new clients came in for counseling
    • Over 500 women came in for medical care
    • Pregnant clients who completed the Bridge Program received over $60,000 worth of maternity and baby items.
    • 100% of clients surveyed: felt treated with respect, would refer a friend, would return for follow-up services.
    • 95% of clients surveyed: felt more informed
    • 93% of clients surveyed: would make healthier life choices.
  • 500 unique individuals were educated in Sexual Risk Avoidance, in over 1,400 service hours.
  • All operating/financial goals were achieved.

 Primary Goals for 2017-2018:

  • Incorporate an ACE­informed approach in our Pregnancy Bridge Program in order to help at­risk women: access early prenatal care; receive education to reduce risks and increase healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes; participate in mentoring to assist with practical needs and increase support and parenting skills; connect to community resources; and help emotionally prepare and equip women and their partners for parenting through counseling.
  • Increase total number of Women’s Care visits; increase Limited Ultrasound (LOU) availability and educate on the need for true confirmation of pregnancy and due date; decrease the number of pregnant women who are smoking in the greater Nashville area through our smoking cessation program.
  • Produce a suite of high-quality videos of our Pregnancy Bridge classes for clients who cannot attend classes onsite and to sell to more rural pregnancy centers (discounted based on budget.

We need time, talents and treasures. Hope Clinic has managed an incredible client growth with a minimal amount of operating increase. This is largely due to the wonderful commitment of faithful work study students, interns, practicum students and volunteers. Nearly 8,000 hours are donated to our clients each year. We need women AND men of all ages (typically 21 or older) to serve either with our clients or behind the scenes. Also, 96% of our budget comes from the donations we receive. Our pregnancy services are completely free, from the clients' first visit through approximately the child’s first year of life. Medical Care is provided for a nominal fee and counseling is offered on a sliding scale. It takes financial donations of all sizes to meet this budget. Our pregnancy clients earn points to receive much needed clothing and material support during and after their pregnancy, so in-kind donations are always in demand. And finally, we have many expenses that could be eliminated if a donor wanted to donate their time to cover an area that is currently paid for. There are many ways for donors of all capacities to support this work.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
If you would like to support Hope Clinic financially, you can make donations in various ways. You can have an automatic draft from your checking account or credit card by contacting our Business Director at 615.515.6922. You can also choose to make a donation through Paypal at http://www.hopeclinicforwomen.org/donate/ or by  mailing a check to Hope Clinic, 1810 Hayes Street, Nashville, TN 37203.
We also accept donations of new and gently used maternity and baby items (up to 2T), in-kind donations such as medical equipment/office furniture, and in-kind services (landscaping, maintenance, IT support, bookkeeping, data entry, radio or print spots, etc.). If you would like to volunteer with clients or behind the scenes, we always have opportunities available. For a comprehensive list, please visit our website at http://hopeclinicforwomen.org/volunteer.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Secondary Organization Category Health Care /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cheatham
TN - Davidson
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Sumner
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
CEO Statement

When I arrived on staff in 2004, my main goal was to begin tracking quantifiable data to ensure that each and every client that walked in the door received the same level of professional care. We also added measurable outcomes before that was a common request from fundraisers. We find it critical that our clients leave here changed, more equipped, more mentally healthy and more self-sustaining than when they arrived. That is combined with all the post-visit survey results and client comments we track. We want to be sure our client’s voice is heard. We want to be sure our investors are getting their money's worth. We want to be sure what we do matters and helps the community of Middle Tennessee.


In the last 14 years, we have seen incredible growth in client numbers, partnerships with agencies, hospitals and universities and have increased the depth and breadth of care our clients need while staying true to our mission. It is always our aim to be collaborative, and to provide our care with compassion while partnering in the community and passing clients on when appropriate.


All pregnancy services are provided free of charge and include: pregnancy tests, limited obstetrical ultrasounds, prenatal education and vitamins and access to our Bridge Program. We connect clients with a partnering OBs (who accept clients regardless of their insurance status) to obtain full prenatal care. 

Our Bridge program provides in-depth support through the following components: personal growth counseling, mentorship and education. Through participation, clients earn point-based material assistance for items such as maternity and baby items. Trained mentors help clients set personal goals, establish obstetrical care, assist with WIC, TennCare and food stamp applications and provide referrals as needed for housing/resources. Taught in partnership with Belmont University's School of Nursing, Bridge education classes include newborn care, parenting, emotional growth and budgeting. 


Budget 159,676
Category Health Care, General/Other Reproductive Health
Population Served Females, Adults,
Short Term Success

We expect to serve over 600 pregnant clients, following up with 85% of our Pregnancy Test clients.

100% of ultrasound clients will receive counseling on the  importance of early prenatal care and  healthy pregnancy, including the effects of tobacco, drug and alcohol use

100% of ultrasound clients will received medical consultation and education about their pregnancy and the health of their fetuses (i.e. view heartbeat, features, movement)

75% of ultrasound clients will report feeling more informed about pregnancy and their health 

30% of Pregnancy Clients will become BRIDGE participants

90% of BRIDGE clients will report feeling healthier emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually upon program completion 

90% who reported lack of healthy decision making will report making healthier decisions upon program completion 

90% will indicate that they maintained or increased in knowledge in prenatal and parenting classes


Long term Success

The timing and quality of prenatal care that a woman receives during her pregnancy has a critical impact on the infant’s health and survival. By providing a safe, accessible environment, we are able to assist women from the moment they learn they are pregnant, resulting in healthier outcomes for their pregnancy and their babies. Investment in these services can have tremendous returns in cost-savings for future medical care of pre-term and low birth weight babies not to mention preventing the devastation of losing a child.

Program Success Monitored By

Client assessments occur at the beginning of each medical visit and surveys are given at completion of visit to evaluate change and teaching effectiveness. We track enrollment, participation, and successful completion of all components of the BRIDGE Program and administer client health and knowledge surveys at intake session, session 4 and session 7 to determine progress.

Examples of Program Success

Willa’s Story:When I became pregnant I was devastated. I had not completed high school and already had two abortions. This time I knew I was making another choice. When I found Hope Clinic, my initial goal was to get a free pregnancy test and ultrasound to see how far along I was. But over time, I had a change of heart… The BRIDGE program was one of the few positive things I had throughout my pregnancy. I looked forward to my mentor meetings and education classes. The program allowed me to interact with other women in the same situation, taught me parenting skills, and how to overcome obstacles. It also taught me to push harder and be strong for myself and my baby. The program helped me obtain my GED and things my baby needed. Hope Clinic helped me believe I am worthy and can be a great mother and a successful person. I recently started college and work full-time in addition to being a mother. For once in my life I am happy and my baby is happy. That is the most important thing to me.


With two staff therapists and a master’s level practicum internship program we provide counseling in four areas. Fees are charged on a sliding scale. Women's Issues Counseling addresses such topics as: coping after an STD diagnosis, healthy relationship skills, healthy decision-making, and understanding the impact of prior sexual abuse or trauma. Pregnancy Loss Counseling assists women who have lost a pregnancy due to miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. 10-20% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and statistics show 1 in 4 women will have at least one abortion. Postpartum Depression: 10-20% of new mothers deal with PPD. If left untreated, PPD can have long-term effects on women, children and the family as a whole. Men’s Issues: Recognizing a unique need for men whose partners are facing an unplanned pregnancy, we have a male therapist to provide support with couples or individual counseling in preparation for parenting, as well as prevention and healthy choices related to sexual activity.


Budget 79,663
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Females, Males,
Short Term Success

  • 150 initial counseling assessments (increase rate of counseling service inquiries to initial counseling assessments from 65% to 75%)
  • 117 counseling intakes (increase rate of initial counseling assessments converted to counseling intakes from 72% to 78%)
  • Increase percentage of clients completing at least 4 total counseling visits from 63% to 70%.

Long term Success

Our counseling seeks to assist women and men find hope and healing. Whether it is healing after an abortion or miscarriage or hope in the midst of postpartum depression, our goal is that our clients are better equipped to handle their life in a healthy manner. Ideally, women will experience healthier relationships with self, others and God as they address their issues in counseling. Thus far, our goals have been to increase the number of clients taking advantage of our counseling services by 5% and we are on track to achieve this goal. Ideally, through counseling, our clients will gain insight and skills to enable them to lead a healthier life (physically, emotionally and spiritually). By doing this, the women’s closest relationships will be impacted, which in turn will lead to healthier families and healthier communities. Each client’s treatment goals are different and it is our desire for each client to reach his/her treatment goals that they set for themselves at the beginning of therapy.

Program Success Monitored By

Pregnancy Loss  Clients and Women’s Issues Clients - Evaluation measured by tracking weekly attainment of treatment goals and assessment scores using the CES-D or Beck Anxiety Scale/TSC-40 -- improvement measured every fourth session. Client discharged upon completion of treatment goals and acquisition of healthy assessment score. PPD Counseling - Evaluation measured by tracking weekly treatment goals met and scores of the EPDS during the first and every fourth session. As goals are met and EPDS scores become healthy, sessions taper off, i.e. once a week, bi-weekly, monthly until health is regained. Male/Parents/Couples - Pre and post surveys are given to pregnancy-related clients regarding knowledge of healthy pregnancy and prenatal care. Improvement indicated by knowledge maintained/gained on the post-test. BRIDGE Counseling - At completion of the four psycho-educational sessions client will establish healthy goals, i.e. continued therapy, parenting classes, relationship choices.



Examples of Program Success

Kristen's story: My husband and I suffered a devastating loss in 2010 when our beautiful, perfectly formed daughter was stillborn at 35 weeks. We had no warning and we never got an answer as to why it happened. I was so deep in grief and despair, yet I knew sitting on the couch and staring at the wall wasn't beneficial, nor would I be able to do it forever.  I went to Hope Clinic to help me work through all of the muddled thoughts and start healing. If you had asked me where I would be at this point in my life after our loss, I never would have said that I would be doing this well. We have worked through so many feelings and emotions revolving around my grief to help me process it. I don't feel like I'm just going through the motions anymore. I'm doing it because I'm getting better. It has been very tough and I'm still a work in progress. Whether your loss occurred two months ago or fifty years ago, Hope Clinic can offer you a way to make peace with what happened. 

Tennessee ranks 11th highest in the US for STDs (with Davidson among the highest counties). A recent CDC study reports young people ages 15-24 have 4 times the reported STD rate. Through presentations and small groups, Hope Clinic educates adolescents about the short and long term emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of abstinence and the risks involved in early sexual activity. Our Prevention team is comprised of Sexual Risk Avoidance Educators, who are certified through the national organization, Ascend, in Washington, DC. This comprehensive curriculum uses evidence-based strategies and integrates positive youth development, builds protective factors, and provides youth with a safe place to ask questions and receive medically accurate information. Our educators also provide training for parents that equips them to talk with their children about sexual activity, risky behaviors, online and cell phone usage, and bullying.
Budget 75,687
Category Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Females, Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Adults
Short Term Success In 2017-18, we expect to provide accurate information on STD, abstinence and tools necessary to make healthy life choices to 750 students: ·75% of students post tested will indicate improved or solid understanding of material presented ·75% of onsite STD clients will feel more educated about risky behavior and STDs following their visit ·50% of clients will make a commitment to healthier lifestyle choices - including a decrease in number of partners, increased use of protection and consideration of abstinence
Long term Success Prevention Education teaches the community the benefits of abstinence in preventing unplanned pregnancies and STD transmission while also promoting relationships that facilitate personal growth and a healthy view of commitment. The ultimate goal of Hope Clinic’s prevention program is to lower the number of unplanned pregnancies and the transmission of STDs in the Nashville area. Another indicator of long-term success would be increased conversation among parents and their children on the difficult topics of relationships and sex.
Program Success Monitored By
  • Pre and post tests for schools and youth organizations to measure knowledge of material presented.
Examples of Program Success

We provided prevention education to 500 unique individuals during our 2016-2017 Fiscal Year. 77% of the students chose to make healthier choices.


Through our Women’s Healthcare Services we provide women’s well visit/adolescent visits, STD (including HIV) testing/paps and any counseling follow-up required/requested with a difficult prognosis.

Medical care is provided by Nurse Practitioners and RNs to address the most immediate, critical concerns a client has when coming to Hope Clinic.  Approximately half of our clients test positive for a sexually transmitted disease and must then face what can be a frightening journey with managing a chronic illness such as Herpes, HIV, Chlamydia or Syphilis. We walk with them on this journey providing treatment, education and professional counseling.   


Budget 173,595
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Population Served Females, ,
Short Term Success

Increase total number of Women’s Care visits from 503 expected finish to 600 (17% increase).

80% of positive pregnancy tests having LOU at HCFW. 

Medical staff will educate all medical clients assessed as “at risk” to counseling opportunities including an introduction to a counselor as available. Goal of 20% (120) medical clients reached and documented in plan of EHR.

Medical staff will increase community awareness of HCFW by creating a schedule of events/engagements.  March of Dimes Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy Grant requirements fulfilled: 1) Assessment for exposure 2) Reduction in pre-term, low birth weight babies in the greater Nashville area. SCRIPT Participation goal: 13 per qtr./ 50 per yea
Long term Success We provide not only quality healthcare to an underserved population but also a safe place for difficult life decisions. In addition to caring for each individual, the comprehensive services we provide are making a positive impact toward meeting challenges facing our community as a whole. Through access to care we can help reduce infant mortality, maternal mortality, sexually transmitted infections, and treat post partum depression. One woman at a time, we seek to contribute to a healthier community.
Program Success Monitored By To evaluate and ensure our program goals are met, information is gathered from our client data and appointment software. From this, our staff tracks and reports the number of clients receiving services, the test results or outcome of their visit and how many received follow up visits. We are able to pull demographic reports of clients including: age, ethnicity, income level and if they have insurance. We use post visit surveys, pre and post-tests, case notes, testimonials and follow-up calls to gauge the effectiveness of our program and if clients are making healthier choices following their visit. We also compare results of repeat clients to track change in behavior. Data gathered is analyzed monthly by the Client Program Committee (consisting of staff, board members and other medical volunteers) to determine if projected objectives are met. Results indicate the number of clients served, knowledge gained, client satisfaction with the program and most importantly changed behavior.
Examples of Program Success

It is more than just great healthcare that sets us apart, it is the relationships we build that truly make a difference. Survey results indicate that 100% of clients feel treated with respect and honesty by our staff, feel more informed, and would return for services.

CEO Comments

When I arrived on staff in 2004, my main goal was to begin to track quantifiable data to ensure that each and every client that walked in the door received the same level of professional care. We also added measurable outcomes before that was a common request from fundraisers. We find it critical that our clients leave here changed, more equipped, more mentally healthy, and more self-sustaining than when they arrived. That is combined with all the post-visit survey results and client comments we track. We want to be sure our client’s voice is heard. We want to be sure our investors are getting their monies worth. We want to be sure what we do matters and helps the community of Middle Tennessee.

Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Debbie Lassiter
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Email da.lassiter@yahoo.com
Board Members
Dr. Ronald David Alvarez MDProfessor, Chairman & Clinic Service Chief at Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Ms. Kenya Beverly Contract Analyst at HealthTrust/HCA Voting
Ms.. Madeline Brough AttorneyVoting
Mrs. Amanda Cecconi Founder and CEO of Punching Nun GroupVoting
Reverend Barbara Crawford Pastor at St. Paul AME ChurchVoting
Mr. Michael Duncan Client Partner at InforVoting
Mrs. Kara Emerson MDKara V. Emerson, MD, PLLCVoting
Mrs. Debbie Gilkey Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Alyssa Hasty PhDProfessor and Associate Dean at Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Mr. John S. Jacoway CEO of Southeast Financial Federal Credit UnionVoting
Ms. Debbie Lassiter Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Craig Martin MDHeritage Medical AssociatesNonVoting
Ms. Heather Rosdeutscher Regional Clinical PharmacistVoting
Mr. Alan Sisk Partner at Geny Insurance Group, LLCVoting
Ms. Joy Styles Recording ArtistVoting
Ms. Kim Teter AuthorVoting
Dr. Anthony Trabue MDTriStar CentennialNonVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 75%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Alyssa Hasty
Company Affiliation Vanderbilt
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Email alyssa.hasty@vanderbilt.edu
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Raising
Human Resources / Personnel
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Directors & Officers Policy
Medical Malpractice
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
Ms. Jennifer Cooke Amy Grant Management
Mr. Gary Glover The Glover Group
Mrs. Robin Glover Glover Group
Mrs. Linda Holst Community Volunteer
Mr. John Huie Creative Artists Agency
Mr. William B. Lee The Lee Company
Dr. Charles McGowan Operation Andrew
Mr. Scott Orman United Neighborhood- The Downtown Clinic
Mr. David Rogers Attorney at Law
Mr. Tom Singleton Retired from FTI Cambio, Cummunity Volunteer
Mrs. Sylvia Singleton Community Volunteer
Dr. Richard Tyson Mid-State Pulmonary Associates Vanderbilt University
Mrs. Masami Tyson Mento Graphics Corporation, Corporate Attorney
Mrs. Melissa Ward Waddell & Reed
Dr. Beth Ann Yakes
Mr. Robert Yeager American Pathology Partners
Ms. Kate Yeager State of Tennessee, Assistant District Attorney
Mr. Alfred (Buddy) Zegel Hisway Painting
CEO Comments

Becoming a board member is a considerable commitment. We expect all board members to: 1) attend board meetings; (80%) 2) Review board packets ahead of time; 3) Be active on one of three committees for 3 months before coming on a board (Business, Advancement or Client Services); 4) Financially support Hope Clinic; 5) Introduce Hope Clinic to their ‘sphere of influence’ and; 6) attend our flagship events: Gala and Cider Carols. Finally, we also expect our board members to be aligned with our faith (Christian) and mission, vision and values.

Board Members are vetted from our current donor and volunteer base as well as recommendations from staff, other board members, volunteers, partnering churches and agencies. It is also our aim to have a diverse board that matches the diversity of our client base. Although this has been difficult to achieve at times, it is something we are committed to achieving.

Board member terms are two years, and while there is no term limit, execution of expectations are reviewed by the Board Chair at the end of each person’s term to determine if they are still in good standing to seek another term.

We also have an advisory board comprised largely of former board members who like to stay engaged with Hope Clinic but in a broader sense. They meet with the CEO regularly and come together as a group and meet with the Board Chair and CEO twice a year. This has been effective to ensure we preserve the integrity of our foundation while meeting the current needs of clients as they evolve. 

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Renee Rizzo
Term Start Jan 2004
Email rrizzo@hopeclinicforwomen.org


Renée Rizzo has been with Hope Clinic for Women since January 2004. Prior to this, she had 14 years of experience in both corporate and church ministry. Just prior to her arrival at Hope Clinic, she was in full time church ministry in Connecticut as a Business Administrator and then Director of Equipping Ministries. Before that, she worked in the for-profit sector with a worldwide financial service company, a health care company and the corporate office of one of the largest book chains in the country. Her professional experience in Finance, Marketing, Database Research, and Strategic Planning has been essential for bringing strong fiscal responsibility and long range planning to Hope Clinic. Her church ministry and volunteer experience as a coach and bible study leader brought her much needed crisis counseling, bible study and volunteer management experience. She feels passionate about helping all people—especially women who have been hurt or broken—realize there IS hope, and that God has a purpose for each one of us. In 2008 she received the ‘Women of Influence’ Award by the Nashville Business Journal. She was on the ANE council for area Executive Directors for 8 years and the President for one year. Since 2012 she has been a speaker/trainer for Center for Nonprofit Management. In 2016, she was nominated as a Finalist for a “CEO of the Year” award at CNM’s “Salute to Excellence.”


Former CEOs
Ms. Luci Freed Jan 1983 - Dec 1999
Mrs. Kama Tate Gregory Jan 2000 - Oct 2003
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 11
Volunteers 118
Contractors 4
Retention Rate 71%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 1
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Oct 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Fundraising Award: 1st Place for WebsiteAssociation of Fundraising Professionals2002
Renee Rizzo, Women of InfluenceNashville Business Journal2008
Finalist for CEO of the Year AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2016
Finalist for Compassionate Care AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2017
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Title Development Director
CEO Comments Hope Clinic has a small staff. Typically 7-9 full time staff and a few part time staff. For the Advancement Staff the cycle of retention is 3 years as many who come to this position are early in their career and this becomes a stepping stone. With a small staff there is little room to grow and there is a ceiling on salaries beyond cost of living. All Advancement staff who have left in recent years were able to secure positions at other corporate or nonprofit positions that were a jump in management level. We have a similar 2-3 year cycle for many of the program staff as they have come right from their Masters programs and this agency provides a wide variety of counseling and project management experience. It is also a place they are accruing their much-needed hours to get licensed. Almost all staff who leave here go directly into private practice. While this does create some movement that is noticeable because of our small size, we are in a rhythm of working within that and are proud of the places our staff goes when they leave. Our CEO and Business Director have been here 5+ years providing some continuity through the transitions on the Administrative side.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2018
Projected Revenue $999,750.00
Projected Expenses $999,564.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$29,984$0$0
Individual Contributions$289,487$430,390$452,422
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$180,478$185,011$129,387
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$749,438$716,642$599,086
Administration Expense$115,074$87,429$114,947
Fundraising Expense$63,875$65,105$80,017
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.041.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%82%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$567,782$466,166$437,565
Current Assets$198,492$80,035$55,952
Long-Term Liabilities$205,508$211,308$216,719
Current Liabilities$41,357$11,858$11,789
Total Net Assets$320,917$243,000$209,057
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.806.754.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets36%45%50%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $470,620Contributions, Gifts and Grants $430,390Contributions, Gifts & Grants $452,422
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $289,487Foundations and Corporations $278,870Foundations and Corporations $289,762
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $180,478Fundraising Events $185,011Fundraising Events $129,387
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
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Mar 2019
Organization Comments


When Hope Clinic’s CEO arrived in 2004, it was her aim to ensure we operated with a cash based accounting model year round. The aim was to never spend more than we received and not ‘count on’ pledges to make current spending decisions. The CEO also reduced Operating/Admin expenses by 25% her first year. In the last 10 years the operating budget has doubled but the client visit rate has grown by 500%.

The current CEO has a BS in Finance and meets monthly with the Business Committee to review P&Ls, Balance Sheets, and projection reports. Typically her projections are within 2% of actual. This is a difficult process as 98% of the nearly 800,000 budget is donations with less than 20% pledged and over 36% arriving from Thanksgiving through December 31. Because of this cycle the Board agreed to move the fiscal year from January-December to October-September. This will allow the CEO and Board to have more time to react to any large change in year-end donations. This was accomplished in 2013 and has made a significant difference in meeting budget needs and making adjustments in the 2013/2014 fiscal year.

There were two years that a significant operating loss occurred. In 2008-2009 Hope Clinic was in the middle a capital campaign. This coincided with the market crash. We took a 289,000 loss that year. In 2011 we increased program staff to help the exploding client numbers and had 3 significant changes in funding that were not known until the last quarter of the fiscal year. We took an 89,000 loss that year. The other significant item affecting our financials was the sale of the maternity home in 2011 and the $220,000 loss we took on the value of the home vs. the sales price. These journal entry adjustments for accruals and pledges impact final numbers seen in our audits over the last few years.

Paying down debt and building a cash reserve is paramount for Hope Clinic. The line of credit balance is at $0 and just this past fiscal year able to move $25,000 to an unrestricted cash reserve account. 


GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990 and audit.
Financials completed by Bellenfant & Miles, PLLC
Schedule B removed for donor privacy. 
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 02/16/2018.
Nonprofit Hope Clinic for Women
Address 1810 Hayes Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Primary Phone (615) 321-0005
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Renee Rizzo
Board Chair Ms. Debbie Lassiter
Year of Incorporation 1983
Former Names
Crisis Pregnancy Support Center

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