Welcome to the Kharis Foundation


  • First Presbyterian Church of Murfreesboro
  • Monroe Harding, Inc.
  • Mobile Loaves & Fishes
  • First Presbyterian Church of Clarksville
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • The ArkNations’ Ministry
  • The Downtown Presbyterian Church
  • Learning Matters
  • Harpeth Presbyterian Church
  • Priest Lake Presbyterian Church
  • Jobs for Life
  • Green Hills Teachers’ Apartments
  • Martha O’Bryan
  • Siloam Family Health Center
  • The Key Alliance
  • Evergreen
  • Dismas, Inc.
  • McNeilly Children’s Center
  • GivingMatters.com
  • Rockettown
  • Progress Inc.
  • Center-Living & Learning
  • Hands on Nashville ’13 Flood
  • Helping Hands
  • Community Foundation

The Kharis Foundation was created in 2008. However, it is rooted in a long history of service in Middle Tennessee and in the Presbyterian Church, USA. 

It started with a vision by members of a Sunday School class at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Nashville first to help retired ministers and then to minister to the needs of the area’s elderly citizens. Support for the idea grew and, in 1962, Park Manor Retirement Center was opened as Nashville’s first retirement living community. 

Located on Woodmont Boulevard in Belle Meade, Park Manor was owned and operated by Presbyterian Apartments, a volunteer nonprofit board, for 45 years until it was sold in 2007. Under its new owners, Park Manor continues to serve the elderly but with a larger array of services including assisted living facilities and an Alzheimer’s care and research facility.

Proceeds from this sale were used to start Kharis Foundation.

Our logo features the commonly used symbol of grace, the descending dove. Just as the dove in Genesis 7:11 heralded the gift of dry land to Noah and his family and the grace of a new beginning for the earth, it is our desire that gifts from the Kharis Foundation bring hope to those in need. It is apropos, then, that Kharis began its grant-making history with flood relief after the historic flooding of Middle Tennessee in May 2010. 

Recipients of grants from Kharis Foundation have included: