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.