Located In
Brentwood, Tennessee

Partners Located In


Vanderbilt University, Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, 1981

Scarritt University, M.A., Christian Education, 1980

Alabama Christian College, M.A., 1981

Lipscomb University, B.A., 1975

Freed-Hardeman University, A.F.A.

R&R Newkirk, Estate Planning in Planned Gift Development, 1991, 1997

Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), 1986-1996

National Institute for Wills and Bequests Training, Certified Instructor, 1985

Memberships & Associations

National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, Member; Leadership Institute Member; National Board Member 2021-2023

Planned Giving Council of Middle Tennessee, Board Member

Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

AHP Leadership Institute

Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP), Charitable Estate Planning Institute

Charitable Estate Planning Institute, Co-Founder, Chair, Faculty Member

Recognition & Awards

Freed-Hardeman University: Outstanding Alumnus of the Year (2000)

Kellogg Foundation Board Trainer, assigned to Special Olympics International (1992)

International Directory of Distinguished Leadership (1988)

Who’s Who in American Education (1992)

Personalities of America (6th Edition)

Notable American Men (2000, 2nd Edition)

Past Board Positions

Institute of Board Certification, Past Board Member

The Barnabas Foundation, Past Board Member

African Christian School, Past Board Member

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, Past Board Member


Gift Clarity, CEO, 2008-Present

The EAR Foundation, CEO, 1990-1996

David Lipscomb University, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, 1985-1991


Eddie founded the unique Thompson & Associates process in 1996.  As CEO of Thompson & Associates, Eddie provides leadership and direction to over 47 seasoned charitable estate planners with an inspiring sense of generosity, integrity and passion for helping others.

By creating a unique values-based model at Thompson & Associates, Eddie and his team have established a way for people to dedicate the necessary time to consider important life decisions and to engage in thoughtful discussion that leads to optimal results for all.

He has planned thousands of estates, which has generated billions of dollars to charity during his thirty plus years working with nonprofits.  Eddie speaks to organizations from coast to coast on successful fundraising techniques, nonprofit management and charitable estate planning and has garnered many honors during his distinguished career.  He credits his parents with shaping his personal and professional path; they were very poor, but very generous.

In 2008, Eddie and President Cayce Powell founded sister company Gift Clarity.  Gift Clarity helps nonprofits build stronger relationships with their supporters through their strategic planning services, while utilizing the power of data to concentrate efforts and incorporating cloud-based technology with its automated time management system.

Eddie serves as the Chair of the Charitable Estate Planning Institute, a 501(c)(3) public charity offering top level education on charitable estate planning for development staff, gift planning officers and professional advisors. Eddie and a group of Thompson & Associates colleagues formed the Institute in 2012.  He is also a Fellow in Charitable Estate Planning (FCEP) awarded by the Institute.

A native of Florida, Eddie and his wife, Sheryl, have been married more than 40 years and have made Nashville their home. They have two sons, one daughter and four grandchildren.  Eddie and his family are involved in many community organizations and their church. He is an instrument pilot with both land and seaplane ratings.