History & Mission
We were formed from the sale of Baptist Hospital to Ascension Health/St. Thomas Health Services in 2002. Since then, we have given over $92 million in the Middle Tennessee community. Based on the terms of the sale, over $34 million was granted to Baptist Hospital to support a variety of their programs. Programs include hiring and orientation programs, leadership/employee partner development, mission-related education, community outreach, and programs for seniors.
Despite our origins, we are a private, independent foundation and are not affiliated with St. Thomas Health Services or the St. Thomas Health Services Fund.
Our mission is the sacred work of fostering healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy, and advocacy.
What We Believe In
- We believe that access to holistic, quality healthcare is a right of every human being.
- We believe every human being is worthy of, and deserves, compassionate care.
- We believe that initiatives are needed to address immediate needs for access to quality, compassionate health care and to act as catalysts for long-term solutions.
- We believe that cultures of mindfulness, wisdom, peace, love, and justice are essential to the delivery of compassionate care.
Grantee Perception Survey
We engaged The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to confidentially survey our grantees about their experience working with us. CEP is a nonprofit that has surveyed more than 40,000 grantees from over 300 funders. CEP assesses funder performance and compares the foundation’s results with other similar-sized foundations. We continue to receive top scores and are in the top 20% among CEP’s 300 funder dataset.