Ingram Charities: Grants for Tennessee

OVERVIEW: Ingram Charities supports the arts, education, health, and human services in Middle Tennessee.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This is an accessible Tennessee grantmaker that funds broad efforts with modestly sized grants and has a straightforward application process.

PROFILE: Ingram Charities is a private grantmaking foundation based in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the foundation of Martha Ingram, who owns the distribution and marine firm of Ingram Industries with her family. Martha Ingram led the business after the death of her husband, Bronson, in 1995 and before her sons, John and Orrin, took over the business in 2008. The foundation “provides grants for programs and nonprofit organizations that make Nashville a better place to live and work.” It funds local efforts for the arts, education, health, and human services.

Ingram Charities supports a broad range of local efforts in its home region and also encourages Ingram business associates to volunteer in the community. Typical employee involvement includes toy and food drives, volunteering programs, and serving on nonprofit boards. The funder often prefers to support programs and projects that have large audiences, higher education more often than primary and secondary schools, and locally based groups. Ingram does not typically fund salaries, political or religious activities, private foundations, or individuals. The family has strong ties to Vanderbilt University and commonly supports the school’s efforts. Since Bronson Ingram passed away from cancer, this disease is of particular interest to the family foundation.

Grants range between about $2,000 and $20,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the city of Nashville and other communities in Middle Tennessee. Past local grantees include the Adventure Science Center, Metropolitan, the Currey Ingram Academy, and the Nashville Symphony.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Ingram shares an online grant application on its website and accepts applications throughout the year. The foundation prefers to receive electronic applications but will also accept them by mail. Direct general questions to the staff at or 615-298-8200.


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