NeedLink Nashville
1600 56th Avenue North
Nashville TN 37209
What Nashville Needs
Mission Statement
NeedLink Nashville helps our neighbors meet their most basic needs in times of crisis by providing short-term assistance and links to other resources.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jann Seymour
Board Chair Mr. Linda Payne
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1920
Former Names
Big Brothers of Nashville, Inc.
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Expenses $659,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $659,000.00 (2017)
Statements
Mission NeedLink Nashville helps our neighbors meet their most basic needs in times of crisis by providing short-term assistance and links to other resources.
Background

 In the winter of 1912, the head of the local Business Man's Association and the business manager for The Nashville Tennessean had a simple idea. City leaders would sell a special edition of the paper to raise money for those in need. Calling themselves the “Big Brothers,” they used the funds to deliver Christmas Eve food baskets to residents of Nashville’s Tin City, Railroad Gulch, and Black Bottom slums. Since then, their annual tradition has greatly expanded.

In the 1930's, the Big Brothers began to assist disadvantaged residents with year-round grocery coupons, coal and heating oil. They gave thousands of gallons of milk for local school children who would have gone without. At Nashville General Hospital, they subsidized a penicillin bank and an incubator for premature babies. At Vanderbilt, they donated a polio therapy pool and the city's first kidney dialysis machine.

When Nashville opened new housing projects in the 1960's and 70's, the Big Brothers bought the required furniture for families. They helped Nashvillians whose homes were devastated by the 1998 tornado and the 2010 flood. Whenever Nashville has had an unmet need, this agency, now renamed NeedLink Nashville, has been there to help.

In 2016, NeedLink Nashville will make its 105th annual food deliveries, and its special edition newspaper will reach more than 10,000 homes. The organization is still fueled by volunteers, civic organizations, religious groups, and business leaders who come together to help neighbors with their most critical needs. Year-round, NeedLink helps local families, seniors, and people with disabilities to remain in stable housing and to receive critical services.

Impact

In 2016, NeedLink Nashville helped more than 7,700 Nashville-area residents meet their most basic needs in times of crisis.

1,868  low-income households received emergency aid to remain in stable housing with critical utility services.
 
· 1,000 low-income families and seniors received holiday grocery deliveries.
 
· 1,000+ children, 606 seniors, and 531 people with disabilities received pantry staples and fresh foods.
 
 · 52 social service partners, including MDHA, Bethlehem Centers, Fifty Forward, Cleveland Street Missionary Baptist Church, and Head Start, referred people at risk of hunger.
 
· Nearly 200 volunteers helped those in need in our community.

Because of the serious need and our consistent ability to help, NeedLink received more referrals from United Way's 2-1-1 helpline than any other Middle Tennessee non-profit in 2015.

In 2016-2017, we anticipate distributing more than $391,000 in emergency assistance. This will help around 40% of those who apply. Families with young children, seniors, and people with disabilities receive the highest priority when our committee decides how to use limited funds.

Our holiday food deliveries will target those who are the most at risk for hunger. To accomplish this goal, we will engage with our neighbors, businesses, and civic organizations to serve 200 families and seniors in the Cleveland Park, Trinity Lane, and South Inglewood areas.

NeedLink works actively with Metro Social Services, the Rooftop Foundation, and other members of Nashville's new Financial Assistance Coalition to collaborate, share data, and model best practices. We are also building links with other social service agencies, so that our emergency assistance program can be part of a larger solution for people facing poverty, financial crisis, and other challenges to housing stability.

Needs
Here’s How You Can Help
 
· Donate. $200 helps a family in need stay housed or connected to critical utilities.
 
· Volunteer. Lots of opportunities exist for groups and individuals to help make the holidays brighter for local families in need. Visit Hands on Nashville or contact us directly for opportunities.
 
· Host a Winter Warmth Drive. Collect new coats, scarves, gloves, and warm blankets.
 
· Adopt a family or senior for holiday food delivery. Just $25 provides nearly 50 pounds of fresh and staple foods. Your adoption can honor of a friend or business associate this holiday season.
 
· Serve. Needlink’s board of directors seeks members interested in building relationships. We also need people with specific experience in HR, accounting, board governance and policy development.
 
Contact: Jann Seymour, jann@needlink.org, (615)269-6835 x 4
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Donations may also be made online, by mail or by calling (615)269-6835 x 4.
 
Sign up for Project Help through Nashville Electric Service, and add a dollar or two to your monthly power bill to help families in need stay connected to electric service. 
 
Help when you shop. Register for Kroger Community Rewards and shop
at smile.amazon.com, and select NeedLink Nashville as your charity of choice.
Fall offers the opportunity for groups and businesses to take part in our peanut butter drive for our holiday food deliveries to families and seniors.
 
Groups can also hold winter warmth drives, participate in our Red Nose Run, or deliver holiday food boxes.
 
Volunteer opportunities are listed through Hands On Nashville. http://www.hon.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Search_Page?Org=001A000000mJ3lOIAS&p=orp
 
Each December brings many opportunities to volunteer with the Red Nose Run, holiday food deliveries, and annual special edition paper distribution. Email jann@needlink.org for more information. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Human Services
Secondary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing Support
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
Nashville and Davidson County residents, as well as NES customers living on the edges of surrounding counties.
CEO Statement

Thank you, Nashville.

For more than a century, we have made this city a better place to live with the simple idea that no one among us should go hungry, that our neighbors deserve warmth, and that we can make a difference by working together.

I have had the unique opportunity to research our organization's history in the community. I found many wonderful stories about our city coming together to help those in need.

Together, we gave a new wheelchair to a woman who had lived for 50 years with the same chair. We sent thousands of local children to camp.We gave beds to people sleeping on the floor.

Over the past hundred years, our city has given hundreds of thousands of baskets and boxes of food to those in need during the holidays.

Our strength is in numbers. It takes hundreds of Civitans, Kiwanians,  American Legion, and Economic Club members to take our annual special edition door-to-door. It takes thousands of caring people giving to that campaign to help others when they are in need.

We rely on the businesses that sponsor Rudolph's Red Nose Run. We depend on the generosity of foundations that fund our programs.

We couldn't reach those in need without the churches and service agencies that come to us when they know of someone who would benefit from our assistance program. We look to other non-profits to provide our clients with resources that meet their individual needs.

Our city's generosity makes a difference for the family bringing home their first baby and for the veteran who has been hospitalized after a stroke. We help the elderly woman with no family to care for her and the teenage mother finding a place to live after leaving an abusive relationship.

Every day, local people are faced with the unexpected. They get laid off or have their hours cut back. The car they use to get to work breaks down. Unanticipated health issues arise. They arrive to our door, anxiously grasping an eviction or cut-off notice.

Every day I leave here, I feel so blessed for my warm home, my full pantry, a rewarding job, good health, and the support of my family. I know that circumstances could suddenly be different for me, or for any one of us.

That's why I am so grateful to see everyone in our city coming together year after year to make a difference for our neighbors in need. We don't know what the next century may bring for Nashville, but with your help, we will be here to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community have a place to turn for help in times of crisis.

Programs
Description
NeedLink’s utility assistance program has helped Nashvillians for more than four decades. Even before that time, our organization provided cords or firewood, loads of coal, and tins of heating oil to keep our neighbors warm.

For many people, high living costs make it difficult to save, so an unexpected car repair, a health issue, or a lay-off can spark a financial crisis. Utility bills go unpaid, a cut-off notice arrives, but there's just not enough money to pay.

The need greatly outpaces available resources. Of the 5,000 households that applied last year, NeedLink was able to help more than 1,800. We give priority to households with young children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

A household is eligible assistance once every 12 months, and all payments are made directly to utility companies. We target payments for maximum benefit and provide resource counseling that helps sustain housing stability.
Budget 420,750
Category Human Services, General/Other Emergency Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Families, Elderly and/or Disabled
Short Term Success

NeedLink’s emergency utility assistance payments are designed to provide 30+ days of sustained gas, electricity, or water service, to reconnect suspended service, or to initiate service with a deposit. Currently, 99% of our clients stay connected for at least one month.

Long term Success
Stabilization is the first step toward housing and financial stability.
 
By combining emergency assistance with connections to community resources, we can maximize the impact of the time we spend with each client.  
 
In FY16, more than 70% of those who received assistance from NeedLink were still connected to utilities at the time of review (4-6 months later.)

Those who receive deposit assistance are particularly successful in maintaining service, with an 85% success rate in FY16,
Program Success Monitored By

NeedLink follows up with utility companies for approximately 20% of assistance recipients, selected at random, to ensure that service is continued for 30 days or more after a NeedLink payment is made.

While 30 days of service demonstrates successful stabilization, we also measure 90-day success and overall service continuity to identify areas for potential program modifications.
Examples of Program Success

A local couple in their late 50's were both working, when the husband was diagnosed with ALS and slowly became unable to work. He became eligible for disability income, which was sufficient, until his wife was suddenly laid off after 6 years with the same company. She found a new job within a month, but their bills got behind, and they were facing electricity disconnection before her first check would arrive. NeedLink was able to pay the past-due balance to keep them connected until they could make the next payment.

Description
Since 1912, volunteers from across Nashville have gathered to package and deliver food to low-income families and seniors. Last year, NeedLink’s annual food box delivery supplied 200 low-income households with staples like spaghetti, rice, beans, and peanut butter, along with fresh fruit and vegetables.

For those struggling to make ends meet, a full cupboard brightens the holidays. Some recipients tell us the food box enables them to invite family for a holiday dinner. Some are appreciative of extra food while their children are home on winter break. Others, especially seniors, are simply grateful that someone remembered them at the holidays.
Budget 6000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Families, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success 200 families and seniors, primarily in the Dickerson Road/Trinity Lane and South Inglewood corridors of East Nashville, each received 3 grocery bags filled with pantry staples, along with fresh fruit and vegetables. 
Long term Success
Hunger is a complex issue in our community, and will not be solved by this program alone. However, this program will ensure that 200 low-income homes will have one less worry this holiday season.

The program also promotes inter-agency collaboration. More than 35 agencies and faith-based groups submit referrals for NeedLink’s food box program each year. Through these partners, we're able to target recipients carefully so that we reach a variety of people in need, including Head Start families, MDHA residents, mental health clients, veterans, seniors, and community members living with HIV or AIDS. Our work also allows smaller agencies to offer food box delivery to their clients without having to create their own program.
Program Success Monitored By
Food is purchased through Second Harvest Food Bank, which performs an annual evaluation of the program.
Examples of Program Success
A food box volunteer in the 1920's reported seeing people "so hungry they were gnawing on bones." Fortunately, we have made great strides in reducing hunger in our community, especially among children. But as food prices rise, more families than ever need help.

We often hear from people whose families struggled when they were young. NeedLink’s food box, they tell us, meant a special holiday dinner. More than that, it meant that someone cared for them. As these people have grown to become successful Nashvillians, they’ve given back and helped others in our community.
Description
Rents for small apartments in Nashville have nearly doubled since 2011. It's nearly impossible for seniors, families working low-wage jobs, and people with disabilities to get by without a little bit of help.
 
Even "affordable" housing rents can be difficult to keep up with for those working part-time jobs with unpredictable hours or living on a fixed income.
 
NeedLink's rental assistance program assists people living in income-based housing, who are most at risk of becoming homeless if evicted. We also assist people who have been homeless, doubled up, living in motel rooms or in their cars with deposit costs that help them obtain income-based housing.
 
NeedLink continues to increase funding for this program, and is dedicating $60,000 to helping people get into and maintain housing in 2016. Because the need continues to outpace our available resources, we partner with other homelessness prevention and rehousing partners throughout the city to make sure people can access the program that will best address their particular needs.
 
The Boulevard Bolt and Metro Community Enhancement Fund provide the majority of funding for this critical program.In 2016, Jackson National Community Fund is also providing housing support specifically to make sure that our city's seniors have safe and affordable housing.
Budget 60,000
Category Housing, General/Other Housing Expense Assistance
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent, Elderly and/or Disabled, Families
Short Term Success

100% of NeedLink’s rental assistance clients gain at least 30 days of continued residency, giving them a chance to catch up on bills and regain stable financial footing.

When we cannot assist directly, we serve as a “link,” referring clients to other organizations where rent assistance may be available. We also counsel our clients on other affordable housing options in the community.

Long term Success

NeedLink's rental assistance is targeted primarily to those who are living in income-based or subsidized housing. A limited amount of funding is available, so priority is given to those who are facing eviction and potential homelessness.

When a family becomes homeless, Hud estimates that it can cost anywhere from $3,000 - $20,000 to provide them with shelter and new housing.

Our rental assistance program, on the other hand, spends just $200 - $300 to help families keep their existing housing. This is a much better investment of community resources.

This program is also highly successful, with 97% of those served remaining housed for at least 90 days, and 9 out of ten still stably housed at the end of our review period.
Program Success Monitored By
We follow up with landlords for about 20% of clients, selected at random, to determine if the resident maintained 30 additional days of service.
Examples of Program Success

A young mother came to our door with a baby girl less than a week old. The baby's father had been killed several weeks before she was born, leaving them with no income until the mother was able to return to work at a fast-food restaurant, where she was a manager. They were facing eviction and had nowhere else to go. NeedLink was able to pay the month's rent, and we contacted another agency to help with the following month's rent. This emergency assistance helped the mom get back to work and start paying her own rent again.

CEO Comments
Housing and related assistance was the greatest need cited by respondents to Metro Social Services' 2015 Community Needs Evaluation Update.
 
One third of callers to United Way's 2-1-1 assistance line also request assistance with housing and utilities. 
 
Because the need is so great, is no surprise that NeedLink receives more referrals from the helpline than any other non-profit agency. 
 
Our greatest challenge is trying to help as many people as possible in a meaningful way with our limited resources.
 
Currently, we are able to help about a third of the 100-150 households that apply for assistance each week.
 
NeedLink prioritizes assistance to low-income families with young children, seniors, and community members with disabilities.
 
We limit assistance to one time per year, and are only able to consider bills that include a disconnection notice. We often cannot pay high bills because we want to ensure that our payment will keep a client connected to service, but we allow people to re-apply after paying a portion of their past-due amount.
 
But if service is disconnected, we will often make above-average payments to restore service, particularly when there are children in the home.
 
Because of the success we have seen over the past two years, we are once again focusing rental assistance on people living in income-based housing like MDHA, Section 8, or Urban Housing Solutions. This allows limited funding to go farther and helps those who have very few housing options available to them, should they be evicted.
 
In addition to targeting our funds, we are also growing our programs at a sustainable pace. In FY16, we raised over $370,000 for emergency rent and utility funding.
 
We focus our resources on services. In FY16, 70% our of funding went directly toward assistance payments. (The remainder provided training, infrastructure, funding, and leadership to make those programs more effective.)
 
Our small staff also focuses their energy on programs. In addition to seeking program funding, the executive director answers client calls and helps with emergency re-connections, because these things are critical to achieving our mission.
 
We don't have enough resources to meet all of the need for housing and utility assistance in Nashville, but NeedLink stretches what is available to do achieve as much good as possible. 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Linda Payne
Term June 2016 to June 2017
Email payne44@comcast.net
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Mr. Harry Alexander Cleveland Street M.B. ChurchVoting
Mr. Jeremy Brooks ParallonVoting
Mr. Benji Davis Piedmont Natural GasVoting
Ms. Susan Doughty Community VolunteerVoting
Commander John Drake MNPDVoting
Ms. Gay Levine Eisen Woodmont Club/AttorneyVoting
Ms. Vikki Gray Kraft CPA'sVoting
Ms. Caroline Gumpenberger National Health Care for the Homeless CouncilVoting
Mr. Tim Hill Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Brandon Khanna Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. John Lasiter Barnes and NobleVoting
Mr. Brian Lee Regions BankVoting
Mr. Erik Lindsey Clear Financial Strategies
Mr. Bo Patten Village Real EstateVoting
Ms. Linda Payne Voting
Ms. Heather Pedigo CovanceVoting
Mr. Josh South Bank of AmericaVoting
Ms. Marion Southall-White Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Lynn Vincent Ensworth School, Graphic DesignerVoting
Mr. Michael White First Baptist South InglewoodVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
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 40%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Executive
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Rev. J.K.L. Alexander Community Volunteer/Retired
Ms. Alexandra Amelang Infiniti Americas
Ms. Jodie Bailey St. John United Methodist Church
Mr. Bill Beard Retired
Mr. Jim Belcher Donelson Rotary
Mr. Al Betts Bestway Janitorial Services
Mr. Charles Bledsoe SunTrust Bank
Mr. Tommy Bradley Community Volunteer
Mr. V. Edward Breland The Breland Group
Mr. Jamie Brigham Comdata
Mr. Wallace Cartwright
Mr. Michael Castellarin Moody, Whitfield & Castellarin
Mr. Thomas Ellis Motor Freight and Friends
Mr. Frank Forbes American Legion
Mr. Grant Glassford Exchange Club
Mr. Patrick Green Vanderbilt University
Rev. Johnny Grimes New Metropolitan Baptist Church
Mr. William Hawkins Community Volunteer
Ms. Stephanie Smartt Heckman Attorney-At-Law
Mr. Jim Irwin Retired
Ms. Dell Johnson Marketing & Communications Professional
Deputy Chief Brian Johnson Metro Nashville Police Department
Ms. Valerie King Mt. Zion Church
Mr. Boyd Kinzer Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mrs. Melissa Koppel Citi Community Capital
Mr. Dwayne Lindsey Park Avenue Baptist Church
Rev. Sandy McClain Mt. Cavalry Baptist Church
Mr. Thomas McEwen Sr.McGraphics, Inc.
Ms. Jo Walker Meador Community Volunteer
Mr. Randolph Moore Jr.Centurion Exteriors
Mr. William Morgan John Bouchard and Company
Mr. James W. Murray Temple Church
Pastor Gary Murray St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church
Mr. Blake Newton
Ms. Jennie Nunnery Community Volunteer
Mr. George Robinson Retired
Mr. John Alden Rogers Community Volunteer
Ms. J. Porter Share St. John United Methodist Church
Ms. Kay Simmons Accountant/CPA
Mr. Henry Smith First Baptist South Inglewood
Ms. Cynthia Stoker
Ms. Pamela Mishaw Thomas Piedmont Natural Gas
Ms. Laura Smith Tidwell Nashville Electric Service
Mr. Bobby Waechter Raymond James
John Walker Metro Development and Housing
Mr. Bob Wellerding Sunrise
Mr. John Whitfield Attorney
Mr. John D Winnett Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle TN
CEO Comments
Since an executive director was introduced five years ago, NeedLink's board continues to evolve from a group that handles day-to-day activities to one that provides governance, oversight, and fundraising support.
 
The board continues to add new members who provide energy and new perspectives on how our organization can better assist those in need.
 
Clear expectations have improved board fundraising, personal giving, attendance, and volunteering. These are all areas that we continue to develop high expectations for our members.
 
Our board chair and executive director have taken part in the first cohort for the J. D. Elliott Governance Catalyst in a highly competitive process. We are looking forward to the opportunity to continue building board governance capacity.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jann Seymour
Term Start Aug 2011
Email jann@needlink.org
Experience
Jann Seymour has dedicated her life to serving others. Early in her life, she particpated in church mission trips and spent a summer with Americorps working with inner-city children. In college, she discovered her passion for non-profit organizations. After volunteering at the local animal rescue, Jann eventually became the director's assistant, handling everything from animal intake and care to donor relations.
 
She chose to further her education in the non-profit field with a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Carolina. While working on her Master's, Jann worked as Special Projects Coordinator at a center for adults with developmental disabilities, spent a semester interning with a local arts organization, and another with the city's literacy council.
 
After graduating, Jann spent a year as logistics coordinator at a South Carolina real estate law firm.
 
She was eager to return to the non-profit field when she and her husband relocated to Nashville. Jann took a position in the finance department at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Over time, she became the database manager, community outreach coordinator, and corporate relationships specialist. During her time at Make-A-Wish, Jann worked across the fundraising, program, and administration departments to help improve communication and internal efficiency.
 
The chance to work for a grassroots organization with such a strong history of giving in the community was ultimately what compelled her to accept the executive director position at Big Brothers of Nashville (now NeedLink). The opportunity to help people with their most basic needs convinced her that this was the right move.
 
Since joining NeedLink, Jann has worked closely with the board of directors to position the organization for future success.  
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms Joanne Robertson Jan 2004 - Jan 2007
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 250
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 66%
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? Sept 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? No
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Yelper's ChoiceYelp Helps2012
Memorial Foundation Leadership AwardCenter for NonProfit Management2013
Senior Staff
Title Program Services Manager
Experience/Biography Meredith is a graduate of the UT College of Social Work Master's Program and is certified in trauma therapy. She is currently working to obtain her LCSW.
CEO Comments
As we celebrate a century of service to the community, we know that we have a lot of work that still needs to be done. We've come a long way since 1912, when the first Big Brothers delivered food to people living in tin shanties along the railroad gulch. But many in our city still wonder where their next meal will come from, or if their children will have a warm bed to sleep in at night.
 
We are still working to respond to very basic needs, even as our society grows ever more complex.
 
Our biggest challenge is engaging our city in our mission and traditions. Older Nashvillians are well aware of the great work that the Big Brothers have done over the years, but we are challenged with involving a new generation in making our city a better place. 
 
Our new name, NeedLink Nashville is the first step toward building our future. It gives us a unique identity, which allows us to share our mission with more people and provide a better understanding of how we help the community.
 
We are also building our board of directors and invite local leaders with a passion for basic needs to talk with us about serving on our board or one of its committees. We need volunteers for a variety of projects, and encourage anyone to share their talents to help our neighbors in need.
 
 
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $659,000.00
Projected Expenses $659,000.00
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$0$0
Government Contributions$61,900$73,883$89,400
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$61,900$73,883$89,400
Individual Contributions$419,998$490,315$431,525
$0$0$0
$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,169$3,208$2,093
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$39,480$34,037$44,859
Revenue In-Kind$11,898$14,003$14,455
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$465,947$508,035$492,528
Administration Expense$25,346$23,747$25,182
Fundraising Expense$45,348$22,149$26,197
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.111.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%92%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$524,607$515,631$454,523
Current Assets$524,537$515,431$454,448
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$11,139$1,967$2,104
Total Net Assets$513,468$513,664$452,419
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities47.09262.04215.99
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $419,998Contributions, Gifts & Grants $490,315Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $431,525
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $61,900Government Grants $73,883Government Grants $89,400
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $39,480Fundraising Events $34,037Fundraising Events $44,859
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 Dec 2017
Organization Comments
After struggling with financial management in the mid-2000s, NeedLink's board of directors initiated plan to get the organization in a better position. Their hard work has paid off. FY15 marks six straight years of meeting budget goals and growing our balance sheet.
 
Currently, we have sufficient reserves to meet six months of expenses in case of emergency, and we have grown our program budget to reach 40% of applicants.
We're keep administrative and fundraising costs very low, in order to maximize the funding available for rent and critical utility services.
 
Careful budgeting is key to ensuring that funding is always available to help people facing an emergency situation. We are proud that we had funding for electricity every week in FY15. Gas, water, and rent funding were also more consistent than ever before. 
 
We have budgeted to help 40% of the clients we anticipate seeking assistance from our agency this year. Although we know that we will see a greater number of qualified applicants than we are able to assist, we are pleased by our ability to ensure that our most vulnerable community members have housing and the utility services they need to ensure a basic standard of living.
 
The progress that NeedLink Nashville has made in financial management was recognized at the Center for Nonprofit Management's Salute to Excellence Awards in 2013, when NeedLink was presented with the Memorial Foundation Leadership Award.
 
 
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
**This organization's name was officially changed from "Big Brothers of Nashville" to "NeedLink Nashville" in 2012. 
 
Financial figures taken from 990.
Financials prepared by Brown & Maguire CPA's, PLLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 1/11/17.
Nonprofit NeedLink Nashville
Address 1600 56th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
Primary Phone (615) 269-6835
Contact Email info@needlink.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jann Seymour
Board Chair Mr. Linda Payne
Year of Incorporation 1920
Former Names
Big Brothers of Nashville, Inc.

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For 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger or food insecurity, even though we might not be aware of it. The face of hunger in Tennessee looks like your neighbor, your child’s best friend, the woman who gives you your coffee in the morning, and the man selling newspapers by your office every day. It could be the coworker you sat next to who was laid off last month or the new mother at the doctor’s office you saw last week. Hunger impacts one in six Tennesseans, and with those numbers, it is likely you’ve seen someone today who will be going hungry tonight.

Affordable Housing

“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” In the United States, it is a typical expectation that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a decent and affordable home, in a community that promotes opportunity and a better quality of life in a secure and attractive environment. Families in poverty often do not achieve this expectation. Instead, many live in distressed neighborhoods, which often lack grocery stores, banks, and health resources. These neighborhoods typically have relatively high rates of crime and unemployment, as well as under-performing schools. Climbing out of poverty is even more difficult because of the lack of entry-level jobs in or near distressed neighborhoods, in combination with the lack of affordable housing in suburban communities where personal vehicles are often necessary to get to places of employment...