The Ansley Fund was established within The Frist Foundation to honor the memory of Mildred B. Ansley, a Nashvillian who established the Dantzler Bond Ansley Foundation in 1980 as a memorial to her mother, Annie Laurie Dantzler Bond.

For 18 years, the Ansley Foundation made grants in Nashville and Middle Tennessee to promote the well-being of the region’s residents, with a special emphasis on programs serving women and children. The Ansley Foundation was merged into The Frist Foundation in 1998.

Since that time, The Frist Foundation has continued making a limited number of grants from the Ansley Fund – many of them providing general support to well-established Nashville organizations serving that same segment of the population.

Those grants constitute about 5 percent of the grants made by The Frist Foundation each year.

The Ansley Fund does not accept unsolicited applications. The Frist Foundation makes this determination consistent with the giving history and spirit of the Ansley Foundation.

Did you know?

When the Country Music Hall of Fame wanted to move downtown from Music Row, The Frist Foundation stepped in with a $1 million grant.

The first executive director of The Frist Foundation was Ida F. Cooney.

Former banker Ken Roberts headed The Frist Foundation from 1992 to 2002.