GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.
104 Southeast Parkway
Franklin TN 37064
Mission Statement

By God’s grace, we provide immediate and long-term resources to neighbors in need.

Who needs help...
  • The working poor: Most are unprepared or ill-equipped to deal with a crisis situation (illnesses, accidents, divorce, loss of employment are all reasons many seek help) 
  • The working and middle classes: Growing numbers of Williamson County residents, including many who have never had to ask for help before, need help with the expenses of living.  
  • The poverty stricken: People who are having trouble breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence on outside help.
  • Those in situational poverty: Situational poverty is a condition caused by a single event and is often temporary.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Valencia A. Breckenridge
Board Chair Carolyn Moore
Board Chair Company Affiliation HCA
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1994
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $2,408,729.00
Projected Annual Revenue $2,417,500.00 (2018)

By God’s grace, we provide immediate and long-term resources to neighbors in need.

Who needs help...
  • The working poor: Most are unprepared or ill-equipped to deal with a crisis situation (illnesses, accidents, divorce, loss of employment are all reasons many seek help) 
  • The working and middle classes: Growing numbers of Williamson County residents, including many who have never had to ask for help before, need help with the expenses of living.  
  • The poverty stricken: People who are having trouble breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence on outside help.
  • Those in situational poverty: Situational poverty is a condition caused by a single event and is often temporary.

In 1995, a small group of Williamson County residents realized people within their own community had real needs and those needs were not being met. They believed the answer was to establish a central place to send people who needed help., rather than duplicating efforts. Together this small group of concerned citizens planted a small faith-based ministry to help struggling neighbors with basic physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Today, thousands of Williamson Country residents have joined together to make a difference. Schools, businesses, civic groups, individuals and nearly 100 local churches of many denominations support the mission of GraceWorks. GraceWorks is now the robust community resource center in Williamson County, and has established a referral network with other agencies to expand the services that can be offered to county residents in need.
Twenty years and hundreds of thousands of requests for help later, the mission of GraceWorks is still necessary. 

2017 Accomplishments

25,847 Student Fuel Bags of food given to provide weekend nutrition to students who qualify for free/reduced lunches. Limited only by funding, this number represents 15% of students who qualify.
2400 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to students in need.

Provided food to 50% (approximately 7000) of food-insecure people in Williamson County 

1836 volunteers helped The Manger in its 27th year provide gifts to ensure a happy Christmas for 4021 adults and children.

2018 GraceWorks Goals 

1. Meet an expected 10% increased demand across all our services.

2. Continue developing long-term solutions toward a stable and financially secure future for those in need through internal training and partnering with other organizations to provide mentoring, training and education.
3.. Increase monetary and in-kind funding, visibility and understanding. 

4. Continue developing an outstanding team of staff and volunteers.


1. More awareness in the community regarding issues facing people in poverty and ways to help our neighbors in need.
2. New facility options and volunteers for the Fairview area.
3. Increase civic, corporate, church and business partners.
4. Increase Fuel Bag donations to meet the growing demand.
5. Both short-term and long-term volunteers.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Cash donations are always welcome -- to help pay the rent or utility bill of a family in need, to purchase food or personal hygiene items we are lacking, to pay GraceWorks' own rent or repairs and gasoline to pick up donations or for a client's transportation to a job. In-kind donations of food or personal hygiene items are needed. More hands-on opportunities include: food pantry -- marking, sorting, stocking, assembling Fuel Bags; thrift store -- marking, sorting, pricing, stocking, moving clothing and household goods and picking up items from restaurants and groceries; database entry; client services workers; volunteers with several fundraising events throughout the year.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Banks, Food Pantries
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing & Shelter NEC
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Williamson
Williamson County, TN
Board Chair Statement

Living in the most affluent county in Tennessee does not mean we do not have the poor among us. GraceWorks is constantly making itself and the general public aware of the needs of the poor in our county. Meeting some of those needs with basic necessities as well as networking with other agencies in the county to work together to meet the needs is the goal.

Watching God work through an army of faithful volunteers and faithful benefactors and churches is the reward for our Board of Directors. Staying aware of the needs and being ready to meet those needs is the mission.

CEO Statement

As the primary source of emergency financial assistance in Williamson County, GraceWorks has responded to staggering requests for help from our neighbors. What began as a small group of Christ followers wanting to do a little more for the community is now one of the largest help agencies in Middle Tennessee.

Twenty-three years have passed since the idea of GraceWorks. In those 23 years GraceWorks has responded to hundreds of thousands of requests and has distributed millions of dollars in food to financially strapped and food-insecure households. And while we are proud of our strong history of serving the growing needs in our county, we are equally as proud of the people who give of their time, talents and treasures to distribute our services.

Over 100 churches of every size and denomination have partnered with us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a community in need. In addition, civic, business and community partners stand beside us to fill in the gaps for neighbors falling through the cracks. 

While we are aware that many of the persons who seek our help suffer from temporary situational poverty, we are also aware that generational poverty exists, even in Williamson County. Going forward, GraceWorks will continue to meet basic needs while also giving tools and resources to help break the cycle of dependency. We will provide education, enrichment opportunities that can start anyone on a path to self-sufficiency.

  • Rent payments
  • Utility payments
  • Homeless
  • Clothing and home goods
  • Newborn supplies
  • Medical support
  • Senior adult needs
Population Served , ,
  • Weekend nutrition for school children
  • Food pantry providing shopping carts of items
  • Mobile food pantries 
Population Served , ,
  • The Manger Christmas gifts
  • Holiday food baskets
  • Backpacks and school supplies
  • Air conditioners and heaters
  • Tax preparation
Population Served , ,
  • Financial guidance
  • Family guidance
  • Fire and fall prevention
Population Served , ,
Additional expenses for seasonal needs can push a family past the breaking point. GraceWorks helps with these cyclical necessities:
  • Tax preparation
  • Heater/air conditioners
  • Holiday food baskets
  • Winter coats
  • Disaster relief
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments

The rapid growth of Williamson County provides multiple challenges and opportunities. As the county grows, the need for our services grows with it.
It is imperative that we remain relevant and are able to intentionally grow programs that serve the community. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Carolyn Moore
Company Affiliation HCA
Term July 2013 to June 2018
Board Members
Kelly Bair The TMA GroupVoting
Valencia A. Breckenridge GraceWorks President/CEONonVoting
Leslie Carpenter RetiredVoting
Stacy Clayton private counselorVoting
Tom Hailey Retired IT management, NissanVoting
Monica Hayes KPMGVoting
Carol Lloyd Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's HospitalNonVoting
Dayna Moseley Health to You (H2U)Voting
Betty Dale Mullins Community volunteerVoting
Kevin Riggs Franklin Community ChurchVoting
Charles Valdez Voting
Bill Wright HCAVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
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 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Capital Campaign
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance & Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability & D and O & Umbrella or Excess & Automobile & Professional
Computer Equipment & Software
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments

We continually strive to add professional business and community leaders to bring expertise to our board of directors.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Valencia A. Breckenridge
Term Start Nov 2016
Experience Please visit
Former CEOs
Tina Edwards Apr 2010 - Feb 2016
Mark Holeman Dec 2008 - Apr 2010
Full Time Staff 14
Part Time Staff 16
Volunteers 4000
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 70%
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 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Dec 2014
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? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2000
Nashville's Table2000
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce1998
American National Red Cross1995
Second Harvest Food Bank1995
United Way Member Agency2011
Feeding America - Affiliate1995
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Charity Navigator2014
John I. Easley Award for Outstanding Support and ContributionsUnited Way of Williamson County2012
Shining Apple Award to Caroline WilliamsWilliamson County Schools2011
Chirp for Charity AwardComunity Foundation of Middle Tennessee2012
Shining Apple AwardWilliamson County School District2012
Critical Needs AwardBank of America2013
Anne T. Rutherford Award given to GraceWorks cofounder Susan Thornton for exemplary community volunteer workFranklin Tomorrow2013
Featured CharityThe Nashville Predators Foundation2013
Community Impact Award to Executive Director Tina EdwardsNashville Business Journal2013
Community Impact Award to Executive Director Tina EdwardsNashville Business Journal2014
Volunteer Spirit Award to GraceWorks volunteer Margaret BugbeeFranklin Tomorrow2014
Community Impact Award to Executive Director Tina EdwardsNashville Business Journal2015
Volunteer Spirit Award to GraceWorks volunteer Judy MoserFranklin Tomorrow2015
Women of Influence Award to GraceWorks Executive Director Tina EdwardsNashville Business Journal2015
Senior Staff
Title President/CEO
Title Director of Development
Title Director of Neighbor Services
Title Director of Operations
Title Senior Manager, GraceWorks West
CEO Comments

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $2,417,500.00
Projected Expenses $2,408,729.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$4,688,407$4,151,255$3,664,668
Total Expenses$4,641,763$3,559,361$3,510,047
Revenue Less Expenses$46,644$591,894$154,621
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$0$31,012$31,012
Individual Contributions$1,364,886$1,413,405$898,679
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,843$796$633
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$113,557$210,955$46,836
Revenue In-Kind$2,260,503$1,688,193$1,614,670
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$4,143,855$3,377,025$3,144,901
Administration Expense$247,899$101,640$215,211
Fundraising Expense$250,009$80,696$149,935
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.171.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%95%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%5%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,575,077$1,538,908$766,523
Current Assets$1,466,623$1,417,331$666,215
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$82,306$50,681$8,828
Total Net Assets$1,492,771$1,488,227$757,695
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities17.8227.9775.47
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $2,260,503Noncash Contributions $1,688,193Noncash Contributions $1,614,670
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $1,364,886Contributions, Gifts and Grants $1,413,405Program Revenue $971,071
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $936,618Program Revenue $806,894Contributions, Gifts & Grants $898,679
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 Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitation 2018
Organization Comments In addition to cash revenue and expenses listed above, GraceWorks budgeted $1.7 million in in-kind donations and programming. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from 990.
Financial documents completed by Patterson, Hardee & Ballentine, PC.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 03/26/2018.
Nonprofit GraceWorks Ministries, Inc.
Address 104 Southeast Parkway
Franklin, TN 37064
Primary Phone (615) 794-9055
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Valencia A. Breckenridge
Board Chair Carolyn Moore
Board Chair Company Affiliation HCA
Year of Incorporation 1994

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