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3900 West End Avenue visit us at the N. Wilson Blvd. entry of Westminster Presbyterian Church
Nashville, TN 37205
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms. Lee Anne Wills
Term Start December 2018
Lee Anne's Experience: Ms. Wills has worked in non-profit leadership since college as an Executive Board member or President of organizations such as The Junior Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Real Estate Women, Fifty Forward (Senior Citizens), Nashville Symphony Association, Nashville Symphony Guild, Gilda's Club, Junior League of Nashville and others. For over 25 years she has worked professionally as the Development Director or Executive Director with nonprofits such as Nashville Ballet, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Easter Seals, Haiti's Visitation Hospital Foundation and St. Luke's Community House. Years prior Lee Anne worked in commercial real estate as the Co-Owner and Principle Broker of MetroCenter Management and as a broker with Aladdin Resources. Lee Anne is a native Nashvillian, who attended Harpeth Hall School and The University of Alabama.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Ms. Sarah Moore Senior Program Director
Ms. Stefanie Shick Program Director
Laurie Arritt Emergency Assistance Manager
Chris Stenstrom Development Director


Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 100
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? February 2020
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
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? No
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 N/A N/A


Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2019
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member
Association of Junior Leagues International 2018
Center for Nonprofit Management (Nashville) 2018
Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2018
Planned Giving Council of Nashville 2018
Second Harvest Food Bank 2018
United Way Member Agency 2018


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Best in Business Awards -Small Nonprofit Category Award Finalist Nashville Business Journal 2018
Frist Foundation Finalist-Team Building (co-chaired with Rooftop the Financial Assistance Coalition) CNM-Salute to Excellence 2015
Memorial Foundation Leadership Award Center for NonProfit Management 2013
Volunteer Award Finalist Mary Catherine Strobel 2015
Yelper's Choice Yelp Helps 2012

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NeedLink Nashville celebrates more than a century of service to the community of Nashville. We've come a long way since 1912, when the first Big Brothers cared for families living in tin shanties along the railroad gulch, by delivering coal, heating oil and food. We are still working to provide for very basic needs in Nashville, even as our society grows. Our biggest challenge is engaging our city in our mission and traditions. Native Nashvillians are well aware of the great work that the Big Brothers has 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, adopted in 2010 was the first step toward building our future. It gives us a unique identity, which allows us to share our mission with more people and provides a better understanding of how we help with our clients' needs and guide them to other important resources in the community. We are also growing our Board of Directors and invite local leaders with a passion for our mission to talk with us about serving on our board or one of our committees. We need volunteers for a variety of projects, and encourage anyone to share their talents to help our neighbors in need.