The Baptist Healing Trust Awards Grant to Nashville CARES

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville CARES received a grant from The Baptist Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling over $1.07 Million in its most recent grant cycle.


“We are proud to help support 27 local non-profits working to create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community’s most vulnerable residents,” said President & CEO Dr. Cathy Self.


The mission of the Baptist Healing Trust, a private grant making foundation, is the sacred work of fostering healing and wholeness for vulnerable populations through strategic investing, philanthropy, and advocacy.


Nashville CARES’ grant is for $60,000 and will be used for core operating support and financial sustainability. CARES is Tennessee’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization providing education, advocacy and support services for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.


“We are grateful to Baptist Healing Trust for making an investment in Nashville CARES,” said CEO Joseph Interrante. “These funds will support our work toward ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee.”


Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from 40 counties in Middle Tennessee that focus on physical health, mental health, recovery from alcohol and drug abuse or healing from abuse, neglect, and violence.  This year’s grants bring the collective grant making of the Baptist Healing Trust to over $69 million since 2002. The Trust, while created out of the sale of Baptist Hospital to Ascension Health/St.Thomas Health Services, is a private, independent foundation and is not affiliated with the St. Thomas Health Services or the St. Thomas Health Services Fund.


About Nashville CARES

With your help, Nashville CARES offers services annually to 60,000 Middle Tennesseans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 40,000 youth and adults, almost 17,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 2,850 men, women and children living with the disease. To learn more, visit us at and “Like” us on Facebook at