Bridges of Williamson County
P.O. Box 1592
Franklin TN 37065
Mission Statement
To serve area women, men and their children affected by domestic violence, ensuring a safe transition to successful independent community living through instruction, intervention, and case management.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Crockett
Board Chair Mr. Robert Pittman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Price Waterhouse Coopers, Partner
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1998
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $931,985.00
Projected Annual Revenue 931985 (2019)
Mission To serve area women, men and their children affected by domestic violence, ensuring a safe transition to successful independent community living through instruction, intervention, and case management.
Background BRIDGES was founded in 1998 to expand outreach services to victims of domestic violence in Williamson County. In May of 2000, the existing shelter closed and consolidated its services in Nashville. At that time we felt it would re-victimize families to have to relocate out of the county for services. This relocation would mean that clients would have to transfer schools for their children, change their primary care physicians and lose their support system of friends and family. Also, many support services define their service area by county of residence. This would make them ineligible to receive the necessary aid while in transition to a life free of violence. Since opening we have developed and expanded our programs. In the winter of 2004 we purchased a larger shelter facility. Renovation were completed and occupancy occured in Nov. 2005. In November 2006 we opened an in-house wellness mental and physical health clinic. In July 2008 we began providing in-shelter daycare for clients. Added an Outreach Bi-Lingual Advocate 2009.  Changed name and re-branded organization 2010. Hired a Development Director and started an Endowment Account in 2011.  Expanded our Therapy services 2012.  Adopted an Informed Trauma approach to services 2013.  Began a male survivor support group 2016. Added Batterers Intervention Classes 2017.  Began a Capital Campaign for transitional housing 2017. 
Accomplishments: Expanded the diversity of the board.  Began a transitional housing capital campaign. Batterers Intervention certification received.  
Goals: Monitor and upgrade technology needs.  To fund a capital campaign to offer transition housing services to clients.  Form new collaborations with transitional housing.
Volunteers in the following areas:  Special Events and donation management.
Donated vehicles for clients. Small denomination gift cards ($20) gift cards for clients to purchase prescriptions, gas and food. 
Funding for our Capital Campaign to purchase transitional housing. 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer You can donate by mailing a check, through our web site, Facebook, and we take donations of clothing and household items every Wed. from noon - 1:00, call for location.  We are currently expanding our special events committees.  If interested please email or call 615-591-7752.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Alliances & Advocacy
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Family Violence Shelters and Services
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Williamson
Primarily Williamson County, however we will assist any domestic violence victim in need.
Board Chair Statement

Domestic violence happens in all kinds of families and relationships – any class, culture, religion, sexual orientation, race, marital status, age and gender can be victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.

BRIDGES fields more than 14,100 calls for crisis, information, or referrals each year. The director and staff manage more than 8,349 hours of group and individual counseling annually. Safe shelter at our 15 bed housing facility is offered to victims fleeing their homes. Providing 3,316 bed nights last year.  All this is provided at no charge to the victim.

In many cases when a victim makes the choice to leave the unsafe situation, they do so with little or no assets. BRIDGES does not want someone’s choice to be safe made based on whether or not they can afford to exit their circumstances. The Board’s challenge is to ensure that this creed continues.   Our focus is to continue the services that we are currently offering and on finding ways to continue to fund them. We’ve taken steps to obtain greater name recognition and public visibility through branding and social media and are hopeful this will produce positive results. 

CEO Statement As founder of BRIDGES of Williamson County, my primary goal is to provide quality services to victims of domestic violence in my community. The greatest fear for anyone is the unknown. When you decide that a life free of violence is a goal for yourself and your children, leaving and starting over is very scary. Through providing knowledge of options, education on the cycle of violence, supportive services and emergency shelter the victims regains a since of security and the personal power to start over. We are addressing the high cost of staying in Williamson County.  Without affordable housing starting over is hard in an affluent area.  We are focusing on providing affordable housing options through rental assistance and increasing the base of rental options.  This will provide more available beds in the shelter for emergency needs and assist clients to live independently in our community.
Description Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter for 15 women and children. Last year we provided 3316 shelter bed nights.
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success

85% of the in shelter clients will receive at least six months of on-going counseling/therapy.

Long term Success 85% of our clients will not return to abusive relationships.
Program Success Monitored By Clients complete a confidential survey of services upon exit from the shelter and court advocacy program. 
Description Pre & Post violence advocacy and support including referrals, crisis counseling, provision of food, clothing and household items and other emergency assistance. Services also provided in Spanish
Budget 45000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Adults, ,
Description Advocacy on behalf of any individual in the court system for domestic violence. The Advocate works with an individual from the beginning of the case through court appearances and follow-up several months afterwards. Last year we provided 2247 hours of court advocacy.
Budget 40000
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Spouse Abuse Prevention
Population Served Adults, ,
Description The Children's Advocate addresses needs of children in residence at shelter and provides a support group for the entire community. Last year we provided 484 group hours.
Budget 42000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served , ,
Description Work with Franklin Police to begin work at scene of assault by working with the victim to make informed decisions and keeping kids occupied. One of only 3 programs in state to begin work with victims at the scene of the crime.
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Spouse Abuse Prevention
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success Domestic Violence Victims will have knowledge of their options at the scene of the assault.  Knowledge is power to make choice to keep yourself safe from violence.
Description A court ordered and voluntary program for perpetrators to receive education based curriculum that breaks the cycle of violence, through learned alternatives to conflict resolution and power and control behaviors are identified.
Category Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Offenders/Ex-Offenders, Families, Victims
CEO Comments BRIDGES provides a complete scope of services for domestic violence victims. We go to the scene of the assault with the police department, provide shelter, case management, referrals and advocacy, outreach, prevention education, child advocacy and court advocacy. As our county grows the demand for services have increased.  We have experienced a growth in the need for services from clients that speak many languages.  We have contracted with Language Line to meet our multi-cultural language needs.  
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert Pittman
Company Affiliation Price Waterhouse Coopers, Partner
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board Members
Mrs. Mary Beth Averill Clarcor CorporationVoting
Ms Ginna Campbell HCAVoting
Mr. Greer Carlisle 1st Tennessee BankVoting
Ms. Linda Crockett Exofficio
Mr. Willie Hight HealthwaysVoting
Ms. Linda Hirsch Zeitlin RealityVoting
Ms. Karla McCamish Regions BankVoting
Mr. Robert Pittman Price, Waterhouse, CooperVoting
Ms. Donna Reed Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Monserrate Santiago Kid's Play OwnerVoting
Mr. Derek Smith Private Practice AttorneyVoting
Ms. Samantha Thompson Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
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 80%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Ginna Campbell
Company Affiliation HCA
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Standing Committees
Special Events
Board Development / Board Orientation
Housing and Community Development
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence
CEO Comments
Challenge:  To provide awareness of services available, while maintaining confidentiality of program, clients and facilities.
Opportunity:  To educate the community that domestic violence services are needed in the community.  That domestic violence is a direct result of power and control issues.  Domestic violence does increase with additional family tensions such as addiction, financial hardships and mental health however, the core cause is the same.
Additional Information:  The board developed a category of Legacy Board Members.  These members have served their term on the board The Executive Committee decides with consensus from other board members to ask the board member with an expiring term to stay on the board as a Legacy Member.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Linda Crockett
Term Start Sept 1998
Experience Prior to founding BRIDGES in 1998, Linda served as a Volunteer Coordinator for My Sister's House, a domestic violence shelter (1993-98); Reserve Sergeant for Franklin Police Dept (volunteer 1982-92); and Regional Representative for Telephone Pioneers, the social service agency of BellSouth (1978-88).  She earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Liberty University.  She has received two National Award:  100 People that Serve (Bridgestone/Firestone Award) and Sunshine Lady Peace Award (Dorris Buffet)
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 7
Volunteers 71
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 98%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Jan 2017
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Under Development
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1999
United Way Member Agency2000
Williamson County Task Force Against Domestic Violence1999
Heritage Foundation & Downtown Franklin Association2001
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce2000
Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence1998
Sunshine Peace AwardSunshine Lady Foundation2006
Social Service Agency AwardWilliamson County Task Force Against Domestic Violence2004
John Easley AwardWilliamson County United Way2003
Senior Staff
Title Residential Manager
Experience/Biography Ms. Parris has been employed with BRIDGES for eleven years she is a vital member of BRIDGES staff.
Title Residential Manager - Evenings
Experience/Biography Lynn Pavleje has been with our organization 8 years
Title Court Advocate
Title Director of Youth & Independent Living

CEO Comments
We are in kicking off a capital campaign for transitional housing.  This will be challenging while maintaining current operational funding and management, with the same number of employees.  We are currently establishing a board committee for the capital campaign to help with the added duties to accomplish goals.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30 2019
Projected Revenue $931,985.00
Projected Expenses $931,985.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
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$197,739$156,562$147,797
Individual Contributions$387,736$460,381$442,799
Investment Income, Net of Losses$102$68$51
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$112,959$144,811$101,920
Revenue In-Kind$42,800$35,500$25,817
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$691,052$586,716$576,835
Administration Expense$88,900$74,977$84,173
Fundraising Expense$51,364$40,524$31,519
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.921.161.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,021,595$1,079,563$966,596
Current Assets$249,097$314,196$190,482
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$14,037$6,000$6,000
Total Net Assets$1,021,595$1,073,563$960,596
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.7552.3731.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $387,736Contributions $460,381 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $197,739Government Grants $156,562 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $112,959Fundraising Events $144,811 --
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

Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
State Solicitation Permit 2018
Registration No Financial Comments
Financial figures are taken from the audit. 
Financials completed by Parsons and Associates.
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 01/26/2018. 
Nonprofit Bridges of Williamson County
Address P.O. Box 1592
Franklin, TN 37065
Primary Phone (615) 599-5777
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Crockett
Board Chair Mr. Robert Pittman
Board Chair Company Affiliation Price Waterhouse Coopers, Partner
Year of Incorporation 1998

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