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The Frist Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Frist Foundation

(formerly The HCA Foundation)

3100 West End Ave., Ste. 1200

Nashville, TN United States 37203-1348

Telephone: (615) 292-3868


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $338,380,249

Total giving: $9,919,610






Established in 1982 in TN - The Frist Foundation, formerly the HCA Foundation, was established in 1982 by Hospital Corporation of America. The foundation became fully independent of the company in 1994. In 1997, the foundation changed its name to The Frist Foundation to recognize the philanthropic influence of its founding directors, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., founder of Hospital Corporation of America, and Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation supports organizations involved with arts and culture, education, health, human services, youth leadership training, community development, and civic affairs.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Frist Foundation Awards of Achievement

This annual competition offers unrestricted grants of up to $25,000 to Nashville, Tennessee-based organizations that best exemplify the following categories: innovation, productivity, and revenue development.

Frist Foundation Technology Grants Program

The Frist Foundation Technology Grants Program provides grants to Nashville, Tennessee, nonprofit organizations to acquire technology aimed at improving their capacity to deliver services. A maximum of $10,000 will be awarded to successful applications, though it is anticipated that most grants will fall in the range of $500 to $5,000.


In the categories of arts and culture, civic and community affairs, health and human services, education, the foundation supports a wide variety of projects and programs involving Nashville, Tennessee-based organizations.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made low-interest term loans to a visual arts center.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Community and economic development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Nonprofits
  • Performing arts
  • Philanthropy
  • Visual arts
  • Voluntarism
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Public charities

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $338,380,249 (market value)

Expenditures: $12,911,895

Total giving: $9,919,610

Qualifying distributions: $10,501,123

Giving activities include:

$9,919,610 for 248 grants (high: $2,000,000; low: $150)