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What Is The Tulip Street Legacy Fund?

The Tulip Street Legacy Fund is a fund administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Fund continues the work of Tulip Street Church caring for those in need in the East Nashville community, with particular focus on the students of Warner Enhanced Options School. 

The congregation of Tulip Street Church had a long history of community engagement. From its founding in 1859, Tulip Street was a constant community presence in East Nashville. The congregation reached out into the neighborhood, the city, and our country time and again, to offer aid to those in need. When the Nashville District decided to close Tulip Street Church, the congregation created the Legacy Fund to continue to care for East Nashville. 

Frances Southerland (1926-2013) was a prominent fixture in the congregation at Tulip Street, and those who knew her were always impressed with her generosity of spirit. Her primary concern was always to ensure that Tulip Street remained able to help those within its immediate community, having a particular concern for the children of lower income families. Her bequest seeded the Legacy Fund and the Fund is named in her honor - The Tulip Street Church-Frances Southerland Legacy Fund. 

Christmas Backpacks 2016

The official Legacy Fund Kickoff event was a huge success! On December 11, 2016, representatives of the Legacy Fund, members of the East Nashville community, and staff members from Warner School gathered together to pack backpacks of food for kids to eat over the Winter Break. 91% of the students attending Warner School live at or below the federal poverty level, and many of those kids rely on the free breakfast and lunch provided by the school as their only regular meals. The Legacy Fund is continuing Tulip Street Church's long tradition of sending backpacks full of food to make the two-week Winter Break a little easier for these kids. 

This year, we packed 127 backpacks full of food, and had a truckload of additional items for the school's food bank that they can hand out when needed. It took two and a half hours to pack all of the backpacks, and 5 vehicles to deliver all of the backpacks and extra food over to Warner School when we were finished!  

That's a lot of happier kids over Winter Break! 

Food, Books, and Fun!

The Legacy Fund has many projects planned for 2017. We are proud of our partnership with Warner School and look forward to working with them throughout the year. 

Here are some ways you can help:  

  • Provide school supplies for a student, a family, or a classroom during the Back-To-School school supply drive
  • Adopt a class for the 2017-18 school year and help us bring more diverse books into the classrooms
  • Donate costumes during the Halloween costume drive
  • Participate in the 2017 Christmas Backpacks

Of course, you can send a tax-deductible gift any time to the Legacy Fund!  Click HERE to donate now!