About East Tennessee Foundation

East Tennessee Foundation is a public, nonprofit, community foundation created by and for the people of East Tennessee, where many donors join together to make the region they love a better place, today and for future generations. A wide variety of assets in any amount can be accepted to serve almost any charitable purpose. ETF is a collection of hundreds of individual charitable funds and supporting foundations established by individuals, families, businesses, and other nonprofits and foundations.

Our Mission

East Tennessee Foundation’s mission is to build charitable resources to make communities stronger and lives better through thoughtful giving.

What We Do

Essentially, ETF does three things:

  1. Receives contributions from donors
  2. Manages and invests assets
  3. Gives well-placed grants and scholarships

ETF’s goals are to:

  • Build endowment, a permanent source of philanthropic funding for the East Tennessee region
  • Help donors plan and carry out their charitable giving in their communities, the region, and across the country
  • Work in partnership with fundholders, nonprofits, other foundations, and local governments, bringing a consistent voice of leadership to critical issues affecting the region

ETF Quick Facts

  • Established in 1986 through a merger of two predecessor organizations with $625,000 in assets
  • Serves 25 East Tennessee counties
  • Comprised of 437 philanthropic funds and 10 supporting organizations with over $400 million in assets - year-end 2017
  • Awarded 105 new educational scholarships in 2017 totaling $742,000
  • Awarded over $38 million in 2017 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in East Tennessee and across the country
  • Has granted over $276 million since its inception
  • Governed by a 41-member Board of Directors
  • Is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt publicly supported organization; contributions are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law
  • Office hours: weekdays 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

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