Who We Are – Past and Present:

The West End Home Foundation is an independent charitable foundation located in Nashville, Tennessee. The Foundation’s exclusive focus is to enhance the lives of older adults in Davidson and its six contiguous counties. This is accomplished by providing grants to qualifying organizations that deliver needed services to the older adult population and by raising awareness of the needs of older adults in our community.

An organization rich in history, we were founded in 1891 as the “Old Woman’s Home”. For over a century we provided residential and physical care to elderly women.  In 2002, the renamed West End Home for Ladies ceased taking new admissions and began the transition toward becoming a charitable foundation. We issued our first community grant in 2002 while continuing  to care for our remaining residents. The last resident passed away in 2013, bringing the 122 year history of residential care to an end.

Today, with the transition completed, the primary focus of The West End Home Foundation is grantmaking.  Our sources of revenue include the endowment entrusted to us and private donations which include memorial and legacy giving and estate bequests.  The financial oversight of that endowment and the grantmaking decisions are conducted by a committed Board of Directors comprised of community and professional leaders. Together, the board and professional staff work diligently to ensure the highest standards of accountability and the greatest impact on the community.

Core Values that Guide Our Work:

  • Commitment to Older Adults: We provide leadership and resources to ensure that caring for older adults is a priority in our community
  • Collaboration: We actively seek partnerships and opportunities to work with others to improve the quality of life for older adults.
  • Stewardship: We optimize and preserve the resources entrusted to us for the benefit of older adults today and tomorrow.
  • Excellence: Board, staff and volunteers put forth their personal and professional best to provide the greatest value to older adults in all that we do.
  • Advocacy: We champion the needs and concerns of older adults to ensure that resources and policies support their well-being

Our Strategic Goals Presented in the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan:

  • Strategic Grantmaking: Fund programs and services that positively impact the lives of older adults.
  • Collaboration: Serve as a convener, collaborator and leader in bringing the community together to improve the lives of older adults.
  • Awareness: Be a recognized advocate for older adults by increasing awareness of their needs in the communities we serve.
  • Financial Assets: Grow the foundation’s assets through sound financial policies and by creating giving opportunities.
  • Organization Capacity: Continue to develop and strengthen the organization’s capacity to fulfill our mission and goals.

Agency Leadership:

Foundation Staff

Dianne Oliver, Executive Director


Cindy Dickinson, Administration and Technology Manager


Chandra Allen, Program Officer


Board of Directors

Caroline Shockley, President
Tanza Farr, Vice-President
Peggy Craig, Treasurer
Ann Cargile, Secretary
Jennifer Brantley
Laura Brown
Lorraine Downing
Maribeth Farringer

Paula Hughey
Susan Kaestner
Lynn Lassiter Kendrick
Dimeta Smith Knight
Edy Nash
Ana Nettles
Margaret Smith
Theresa Wilson

Supporting aging with dignity since 1891