Trezevant Foundation

Trezevant is home in every sense of the word to nearly 400 people living within the Trezevant campus, either independently, with assistance, or with skilled nursing care.

Since its inception more than thirty years ago,Trezevant has faithfully lived out its commitment to provide lifetime security and excellent care for each resident.The Trezevant Foundation was created in 1980 and chartered as a separate not-for-profit entity to support the above Trezevant commitment.  

The Foundation seeks to enhance its permanent endowment to meet two primary goals:

  1. To assist residents who are no longer able to meet the financial requirements for continued residency
  2. To enhance the quality of life of current and future residents

The Trezevant Foundation also serves as a collection source for gifts designated for various purposes such as education scholarships for members of Trezevant’s staff, the library fund, the chapel fund and for non-budgeted improvements and enhancements to the Trezevant campus.  The Foundation currently funds the purchase of personal emergency pendants for all the residents on campus.

To achieve these goals, the Trezevant Foundation depends upon continuing financial gifts from residents, resident families, and friends. Trezevant is a loving and closely knit community where all share a responsibility for ensuring that all residents can confidently live out their quality-of-life dream.

Ways to Give

There are several ways to make donations to the Trezevant Foundation and ensure that funds are available for those who may need assistance with their monthly fees:

  • Make a gift to our annual fund or in memory/honor of a friend or loved one
  • Provide for Trezevant with a planned gift such as a life insurance policy, a charitable gift annuity, or a will bequest
  • Residents may make monthly gifts with their maintenance fees

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E. H. Little Legacy Society

In a continuing effort to publicly recognize and honor those friends and supporters who have remembered the Trezevant Foundation through planned giving or estate-related gifts, the Board of Trustees has established the E. H. Little Legacy Society. Membership is extended to those who include the Trezevant Foundation as a beneficiary in a will or codicil, fund a life income contract such as a charitable gift annuity or any other estate planning trust, name the Foundation as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, or make a planned gift of $25,000 or more. A celebration is held annually to honor the E. H. Little Legacy Society members.

Dottie's Digs

For a number of years, Dottie Gillespie Pennepacker was the inspired and devoted volunteer who spearheaded the annual Trash and Treasure sale for the benefit of Trezevant's Foundation. After her death and the at the completion of Trezevant Place, it was decided to have a year-round resale store. Dottie's Digs is her eponymous memorial which has surpassed all expectations in its success, bringing to the Foundation more than $192,000 in the last three years. Open to the public on the first and third Thursdays of the month, Dottie's Digs offers gently worn clothing, accessories, furniture, small electronics, jewelry, picture frames and much, much more. While the regular shoppers are very grateful for its presence, it has been a lifesaver for those moving and needing to downsize.

Tin Lizzie Society

The Tin Lizzie Society describes a win/win situation for both residents and the Foundation. It is made up of residents who have found themselves with cars they no longer needed and didn't want to go through the process of selling them. The Tin Lizzie Society allows them to donate the vehicle to the Foundation and receive a tax deduction. The car is then sold by Trezevant with the proceeds going to the Foundation. During the last ten years, the sales from the donated automobiles have brought in more than $25,000.