Peter F. Bird, Jr.

President, The Frist Foundation

Peter F. Bird, Jr. has been with The Frist Foundation since 1983, serving as senior program officer before assuming the top job in 2002. Originally from Indianapolis, Bird holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and did post-graduate study at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

In the 1970s, he served as city editor of The Jackson Sun newspaper in West Tennessee before becoming business news editor of the Nashville Banner, where he worked from 1976 to 1981. He then served as senior vice president of Commerce Union Corporation (now Bank of America), where he handled strategic planning and communications, before joining The Frist Foundation.

Bird is a graduate of Leadership Nashville and serves on the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Management, Leadership Nashville and The HCA Foundation. He is also treasurer of the Frist Art Museum Foundation. He serves on the Public Policy Committees of the Southeastern Council of Foundations, the Alliance for Charitable Reform, and the Council on Foundations.


Balancing Purpose, Payout, and Permanence

Posted on August 14, 2020 by Peter F. Bird, Jr., Liz Sak, George Suttles, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Tony Macklin

“How much should we spend?” It’s an essential question for all funders, and an especially complex one for endowed private foundations. The answer of “around 5%” was never universal as foundations sought creative means of ensuring that assets would serve mission rather than the other way around. In recent times, the pressure to revisit payout has increased. Endowed foundations have… Read More