Established in 1982, The Frist Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and improving the quality of life in Nashville, Tennessee. As one of the larger foundations in Tennessee, it has been a philanthropic leader, serving as initiator, convener and catalyst among donors and nonprofit organizations.
Since 2001, much of the Foundation's funding has been directed to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. In 2015, the Nashville Zoo began receiving support at the same level. In 2016, the Foundation will continue a special focus on agencies serving vulnerable people, and in supporting efforts by nonprofit organizations to develop new sources of earned revenue and improve their managerial and technological infrastructure.