Established in 2016

Elizabeth Jonas Jacobs died at the age of 101 in 2007 after spending decades in service to her community in a number of public roles. During the Second World War, Mrs. Jacobs volunteered with Travelers’ Aid, assisting soldiers and others passing through Nashville’s busy bus and train stations. Her efforts with that group brought her into contact with Davidson County Judge Beverly Briley in the late 1940s, and she signed on enthusiastically to Judge Briley’s pet cause of Metro government for Nashville and Davidson County.

In the years that followed, Elizabeth served a host of nonprofit boards, including those that helped women, the elderly, and enhanced the capacity of nonprofits to serve the community across the board. She also became the first woman to head the Grand Jury for Davidson County. This fund is dedicated to continuing her work.