Walden's Puddle
P.O. Box 641
Joelton TN 37080-0641
walden's puddle
Mission Statement

Walden's Puddle (WP) is committed to wildlife rehabilitation, education and conservation.  WP provides care and treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife that are brought to us by people from all over Tennessee, with the goal being to return the rehabilitated animals to the wild. We also provide hands-on environmental, educational and conservation programs for Middle Tennessee residents including the Scouts, college students, children and seniors in various settings, that will help them live with a greater appreciation for the wildlife around them.  These programs educate the public on: wildlife ethics, welfare and laws; what to do if you find an injured or abandoned animal; and the services we provide at Walden's Puddle.

CEO/Executive Director Board Chair Lane Brody
Board Chair Ms. Lane Brody
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1992
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $450,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $500,000.00 (2016)

Walden's Puddle (WP) is committed to wildlife rehabilitation, education and conservation.  WP provides care and treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced wildlife that are brought to us by people from all over Tennessee, with the goal being to return the rehabilitated animals to the wild. We also provide hands-on environmental, educational and conservation programs for Middle Tennessee residents including the Scouts, college students, children and seniors in various settings, that will help them live with a greater appreciation for the wildlife around them.  These programs educate the public on: wildlife ethics, welfare and laws; what to do if you find an injured or abandoned animal; and the services we provide at Walden's Puddle.


Walden's Puddle was founded in 1989 by a small "back-yard" animal rehabilitator named Vicky Carder.  In 1995, the Louie M. & Betty M. Phillips Foundation donated a 4,000 sq. ft. building located on 14 picturesque acres in Joelton, TN where we currently reside. The building was named in memory of Hazel and Tom Buntin.   Betty M. Phillips had a passion for wildlife, and through Tom, the foundation found out about Walden's Puddle.  Continuing that passion, the property now houses seven pre-release mammal runs, one large fawn corral, the Kristen Marie Holzapfel Memorial flight barn for large predator birds, our Flight to Freedom songbird barn, our new flexible use flight barn with six separate holding pens attached, turtle pond and pen, and nine non-releasable educational animal ambassador enclosures. And we are steadily expanding.  We have seven full-time and five part-time staff who serve as animal care givers and administrators, a five member Executive Committee, and an active/functional board. 


Walden's Puddle is completely unique in that we are the only professionally-staffed wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Middle Tennessee that cares for orphaned and injured native Tennessean wildlife.   We are small but use our space and resources very effectively. We are proud to be a cohesive team of paid positions and in-kind givers, with a shared vision and passion for Middle TN wildlife.


First, we admitted and provided top quality care for over 3,300 animals of 120 different species.  Second, we offer many educational seminars at Walden’s Puddle, but also at schools, social groups, church groups and others throughout middle TN.   We continue to maintain a solid relationship with our donors, provide complete transparency and regulatory compliance, and build new relationships with our community and community’s foundations. We send out 4 informative newsletters/appeals yearly to a donor base of over 8,000, which we built from nothing as previous donor files were destroyed. Fourth, through generous donations, we have been able to clean and repair our facilities infrastructure, repair existing animal enclosures and build new pre-release enclosures to accommodate our increasing animal admissions.  Finally, we have engaged the Boy Scouts in our endeavors the DC4 participants, interns from area colleges, senior citizens, Hands on Nashville/Clarksville for Volunteers, various civic and church groups and many local businesses which have featured us as their charitable cause for mixer nights and other creative business oriented events.

Our future goal is to balance four factors: the number of animals admitted and rehabilitated, the facilities size and structure to accommodate them, the number of staff and volunteers to care for them, and the financial prosperity to support all this as we grow.     



Our everyday needs can also be found on our website.

Animal Care Supplies:  bleach, produce, paper towels, baby food, dry dog, puppy and cat chow, bird seed, batteries, liquid dish and liquid laundry soap, tree nuts, walnuts, peanuts & pecans and apple juice and apple sauce, and gift cards (gas, Lowes, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Walmart, Big Lots, Kroger, etc.

Administrative needs:  Forever Stamps

Site Needs: Experienced Carpenters, Lumber, Native plants, and Mulch

We greatly need and value our VOLUNTEERS!   We have a very small staff, and care for more animals each year.  Volunteers are literally life-savers.  You can volunteer no where else and get the thrill of holding a Great Horned Owl while his cage is cleaned or bottle feed a baby ground hog or beaver!  

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer We take donations through our website, taking credit card information over the phone or donations in person or through the mail.  To volunteer, please fill out a volunteer form at http://waldenspuddle.org/volunteer/
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Secondary Organization Category Animal Related / Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Tertiary Organization Category Animal Related / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Dickson
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
TN - Cheatham
Walden's Puddle cares for any native Tennessee wildlife, with the exception of venomous snakes, skunks and bats.  Our main service area is Middle Tennessee, though we accept animals in need from other areas of Tennessee.
Board Chair Statement

I have a long history with Walden’s Puddle. I am well known as a recording artist but I have been an animal rescuer (wild and domestic) since childhood as well. In Los Angeles I worked with “Wildlife Waystation”. When I came to Nashville I found “Walden’s Puddle”. I have been a donor since it was formed and I took and still take all of my wildlife rescues there. I have also held 5 “Lane Brody Wildlife Benefits” for Walden’s Puddle and raised over $60,000 at these benefits where I and many of my friends in the entertainment field performed. I then joined the board. It was at the end of that 1 ½ year  period that two candidates were brought in for consideration as the new Executive Director. One of them was Donald Deathridge.  I was the only one to vote no! Following my impression and instinct, I felt it would be a huge mistake for the organization. I cited all my reservations and warnings verbally and in writing and I left the board not wanting to be responsible for the outcome. I continued as a donor and I gave my donations as specific things, which I purchased and gave while Mr. Deathridge was in the ED position, and suspended my “LB Benefits”. After three years, he was arrested for embezzlement and was found guilty of multiple felony convictions. After much prayer and by the grace of God, I stepped up to take the Chairman’s position when all advice was to let this organization die because of the plethora of issues it was left with as a result of the alleged misconduct. To let such a vital important healing place die would be to let negativity, abuse, misconduct and neglect win. I could not turn away. I feel we are stronger, as a community, than such bad things. I stepped up in June of 2010 to rescue the organization that is supposed to be the rescuer. In my dedication I am often working 18-hour days to bring it out of this dark chapter. I am grateful for our donors who have stayed with “The Puddle” and to the blessed giving Foundations who have responded to our great need.  We are now back in the BLACK!!!  All the misdeeds of the previous Director have been righted, thanks to the Board and the Middle Tennessee community!  We have the lien back for the property, no more debt with the IRS and are slowly but surely winning back our previous donors.  We are in the best financial shape ever in our existence.  In my humble servitude to this mission, I have total faith in God and in our giving community. I am in for the long run, God willing.

CEO Statement See below
Rehabilitation and care of orphaned and injured native wildlife. 

Tennessee state law prohibits individuals from keeping wild animals without a permit. This is done for the well being of the animal and you. Walden’s will assist you with emergency instructions for wildlife care until you can bring the animal in to our facility. We are not allowed to provide feeding instructions due to state law.

We provide care and treatment to sick, injured and legitimately orphaned Native Tennessee Wildlife. We are the only professionally-staffed wildlife rehabilitation facility in Middle Tennessee.  We do not charge for services and receive no federal or state funding at this time.
Budget 240000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wild Animals Preservation & Protection
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Description Wildlife demonstration visits and informative presentations to group events, schools, nonprofits, and for profit companies.
Budget 25000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Exhibitions & Shows
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
CEO Comments Every year, humans have more of a negative impact on Tennessee's wildlife.   More humans mean more automobiles, and we treat more owls with head injuries.  More construction means another litter of orphaned fox kits.  Every time humans meet nature in Tennessee, Walden's is there to help pick up the pieces.  

We have a professional staff that is passionate about what they do. We have great volunteers that take care of the day-to-day animal care needs.  We have a Board that is energized and involved. We have individuals and corporations who are there to donate building materials, appliances, or office supplies.  

Like most Middle Tennessee non-profits, we need more community support, whether it be attendance at events, ingredients for baby mammal formula, someone to do grounds maintenance or construction.  Purse strings are tight,  and funding streams are spread too thin.  Finding a way to not only survive, but thrive... that's the ticket, isn't it?
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lane Brody
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Dec 2015 to Dec 2018
Email lane@lanebrody.com
Board Members
Mr. Jim Africano Voting
Mr. Eddie Bayers JrCommunity VolunteerVoting
Ron Chandler Voting
Mr. Andy Eaton Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Jane Eaton Community VolunteerVoting
Brian Hock Voting
Joyce Peck Voting
Carolyn Pendarvis
Denise Weyer Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Distributions / Grant Making
Institutional Advancement
Program / Program Planning
Project Oversight
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Staff Development
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
General Property Coverage
Additional Board Members
Valerie Blonder The Blonder Group
Louie Buntin Louie M. and Betty M. Phillips Family Foundation
Bill Burleigh Operation Stand Down
Ed Clark Wildlife Center of Virginia
Emily Magid Philanthropist
Julie Stein Scentmark Consulting
Currey Thornton T&T Family Foundation
CEO Comments We have had some turnover with our board, but are excited with the board we now have, as they have been the ones that have shown drive and initiative to keep Walden's Puddle going forward and up.   
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Board Chair Lane Brody
Term Start Jan 2010
Email lane@lanebrody.com
Experience Walden's Puddle has eliminated the Executive Director position, choosing instead to rely on a 5 member Executive Committee, as well as Board Governance for greater accountability, flexibility, and to aid in the missions and goals of Walden's Puddle.
Former CEOs
Donald Deatheridge Apr 2006 - Mar 2009
Richard Presler 2004 -
Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 95
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 90%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Senior Staff
Title Animal Care Manager
Experience/Biography Third generation wildlife rehabilitator with a degree and background in human Physical Therapy; also a Reiki Master since 1995. Volunteered at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere from 1995-1997. Came to Walden’s Puddle in 1999 and assumed Animal Care Manager position in 2001.
CEO Comments As previously stated, due to the previous problems we discovered, we have moved away from a paid Executive Director to an unpaid but hands-on Executive Committee and Board.  Each Executive Committee or Board member fulfilling a senior management role has expertise in that area. We believe this day-to-day control by the Board and Executive Committee is necessary and has  returned the organization to fiscal health and operational efficiency and accountability.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2016
Projected Revenue $500,000.00
Projected Expenses $450,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$424,712$409,707$311,626
Administration Expense$30,292$27,612$11,915
Fundraising Expense$0$6,030$3,356
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.671.36
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%92%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$839,499$773,348$475,670
Current Assets$460,399$438,916$212,104
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$535$11,075$8,512
Total Net Assets$838,964$762,273$467,158
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities860.5639.6324.92
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $489,968Contributions, Gifts & Grants $695,276Contributions, Gifts and Grants $430,463
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $24,184Noncash Contributions $31,934Investment Income $42
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $17,405Other - Insurance Proceeds $18,388 --
Audit Documents
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
Campaign Purpose Successfully completed our last Capital Campaign and are in the process of developing our next one.
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00 as of Mar 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2017
Solicitations Permit
2016 State Solicitation Permit
Organization Comments We cannot charge for educational programs, nor do we receive state/federal funding, instead obtaining our funding through private donations and foundation grants, which we are doing successfully.  We also actively fundraise and taking advantage of online fundraising opportunities like iGive and others.  Furthermore, we are trying to establish positive relationships with both new and our previous donors that have supported us throughout the years.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
Financial documents prepared by Blankenship CPA Group PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 7/27/16.
Nonprofit Walden's Puddle
Address P.O. Box 641
Joelton, TN 37080 0641
Primary Phone (615) 299-9938 25
Contact Email lane@lanebrody.com
CEO/Executive Director Board Chair Lane Brody
Board Chair Ms. Lane Brody
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1992

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