Tennessee Wildlife Federation
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300 Orlando Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mr. Michael Butler
E-mail mbutler@tnwf.org
Term Start May 2001
Michael's Experience: Michael Butler has served as chief executive officer of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation since June 2002. Butler works with elected officials, state and federal agencies, and civic leaders to implement sound natural resources policy. He joined the Federation as director of conservation in April 1996, working with the organization's Conservation Policy Advisory Council and board of directors to develop natural resource policy. Prior to his role at the Federation, Butler earned his master's degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University.

Co-Executive Director

Co-Executive Director Mr. Kendall McCarter
E-mail kmccarter@tnwf.org
Term Start November 2008
Kendall's Experience: Kendall McCarter serves as Chief Development Officer. Prior to joining the Federation staff in 2008, McCarter served as vice president of development and university relations at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. McCarter's development experience includes seven years as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter and four years as director of development for Lifeline Blood Services in Jackson. In addition, he has served as vice president and trust officer with Regions/Morgan Keegan Trust, where he worked with high net worth clients in financial and estate matters. McCarter began his career in development work as a regional representative for LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Mr. Chris Roberts Director of Conservation
Mr. John Worthen Director of Programs
Mrs. Candy Sakarapanee Deputy Chief of Operations
Mr. Horace Tipton Director of Conservation Policy
Mr. Jim Johnson Director of Communications


Full Time Staff 28
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 5,603
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was the Strategic Plan adopted?
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
National Wildlife Federation 1946


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Affiliate of the Year National Wildlife Federation 2018