Kristen Keely-Dinger is the President and CEO of The Healing Trust, a health legacy foundation committed to fostering access to compassionate health care for vulnerable populations in Middle Tennessee. She joined the Trust in 2003 as the first Program Officer. She has also served The Trust as VP of Programs and Grants and Executive Vice President. Since Kristen joined The Trust in 2003, the Foundation has awarded over $77 million in grants. In that time, the Foundation’s grant making has grown from $350,000 to almost $5 million per year. The Trust recently launched an advocacy grant program and a Tennessee focused, nonpartisan public policy research center, The Sycamore Institute. The Trust operates five grant making programs as well as leadership development and retreats dedicated to reducing compassion fatigue and burnout among nonprofit staff. Prior to her time at The Trust, she worked in health prevention education, community organization, and volunteer administration. Kristen received her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University, her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, and is currently a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker. She is a board member of the Downtown Nashville Rotary. Kristen was selected as a 2007 Southeastern Council of Foundation Hull Fellow and is a graduate of the 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class.


Recent Posts by Kristen Keely-Dinger

Data-Driven Policy Making In An Age Of Anecdotes: What Happens When A Foundation Creates A Policy Center?

A health foundation provided seed funding to launch a nonpartisan public policy research center, which has produced a number of reports, briefs, and blog posts. It does not advocate for specific policies—so it can maintain its credibility as a trustworthy source of politically neutral information.

August 31, 2017GrantWatch