The Frist Foundation Mission

Established in 1982, The Frist Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life in Nashville, Tennessee. It has been a philanthropic leader, serving as initiator, convener and catalyst behind organizations like Hands On Nashville, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Center for Nonprofit Management, among others.

Since 2001, much of the Foundation's funding has been directed to the Frist Art Museum. In 2015, the Nashville Zoo began receiving support at the same level.

Our Partners

Frist Art Museum

Grant Year: 2020
Grant Amount: $5,467,900

Frist Art Museum is located in Nashville, Tennessee. The vision of the Frist Art Museum is to inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways.

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Nashville Zoo

Grant Year: 2020
Grant Amount: $2,700,540

The Nashville Zoo is a progressive and dynamic zoological park located just 6 miles south of downtown Nashville. It is the 9th largest zoo in the country by landmass.

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Center for Nonprofit Management

Grant Year: 2020
Grant Amount: $380,000

Amplifying the impact of nonprofits and their partners through workshops, nonprofit consulting, networking, resources, and more.

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Community Impact

Over the years, the Frist Foundation has played a key role in creating and strengthening organizations that are valuable contributors to community vitality.