The Nashville Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc. was issued a Charter by the State of Tennessee on February 11, 1977. The purpose of the foundation is to provide charitable, educational, and/or scientific outreach opportunities for the Nashville Scottish Rite. For a number of years following its inception, the foundation dispensed its assets to a number of charities in the Nashville area.
Beginning in 1992, the foundation named as its adopted charity, "The Bill Wilkerson Center, Inc." For this consideration, the Bill Wilkerson Center renamed its research department the "Scottish Rite Masons Research Institute for Communication Disorders." Since that time, the Research Center has received over $700,000 from the Nashville Scottish Rite Foundation, Inc.