Established in 2015

The number of foreign-born residents in Nashville has more than doubled over the past decade. Nearly 12 percent of our population was born outside of the United States, and nearly half of those people are recent immigrants who entered the country since 2000. The Mayor’s Office of New Americans works to engage immigrants and empower them to participate in our government and our community. This Fund supports that work.

The establishment of these Funds named for Bob and Anne Zelle will contribute directly to The Community Foundation’s annual discretionary grantmaking resources. The fields of interest have been selected by the Zelles — issues they supported significantly during their lifetime — but The Community Foundation Board of Directors will select the specific organizations to benefit from their generosity each year.