For legal reasons, the Foundation does not support individuals or their projects, private foundations, political activities, or advertising. As a matter of policy, the Foundation does not ordinarily support:

  • Recurring expenses for operations, programs or salaries for organizations that are not currently being supported.
  • Projects, programs or organizations that serve a limited audience or a relatively small number of people.
  • Organizations that have been in business for fewer than three years.
  • Endowments or scholarships.
  • Social or fundraising events.
  • Biomedical or clinical research.
  • Schools below the college level, except for projects intended to serve the broader community.
  • Hospitals or nursing homes.
  • Organizations whose principal impact is outside of Middle Tennessee.
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes.

Did you know?

In the past five years alone, The Frist Foundation has given more than $50 million in grants to the nonprofit community.

The Frist Art Museum was originally Nashville’s main post office and was secured as an art center with the help of Postmaster General Marvin Runyon, who had Nashville ties.

The foundation was originally a corporate foundation until going private in 1994.