East Tennessee Foundation Receives $500,000 Commitment from The Humana Foundation to Support Nonprofits in Need Amidst COVID-19 Health Crisis 

May 26, 2020

The current COVID-19 health crisis requires both immediate and long-term, sustainable relief in varying degrees across the U.S. This pandemic escalated what were previously already growing health concerns, such as access to care, food insecurity and mental health. 

Through a commitment from The Humana Foundation, East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is honored to announce we will receive $500,000 dollars to aid pandemic response and help us continue to serve our community. With these funds from the Foundation, ETF is even better positioned to respond to those nonprofits who need us to assist local residents, recover themselves and rebuild from this crisis. 

The Humana Foundation’s gift is part of its historic April 30 announcement to commit $50 million to coronavirus relief and recovery efforts to a select group of organizations supporting essential workers, food security, behavioral health and local communities. In service of ETF’s mission to build stronger communities and better lives, we will use these funds to continue scaling our work to provide the financial resources needed by charitable organizations as a result of this pandemic.

“The Humana Foundation understands the far-reaching strain the pandemic has placed on many organizations working on the frontlines to provide healthcare, food and employment for those disproportionality affected by the COVID-19 health crisis, and our aim is to remove barriers and help them respond, recover and rebuild,” said Walter D. Woods, Chief Executive Officer of The Humana Foundation. “Our intention with this commitment is to not only help provide immediate crisis relief, but also serve as a catalyst in building sustainable achievement and long-term community resilience.” 

“On behalf of the charities that serve those living in East Tennessee, I’d first like to extend a heartfelt thank you,” responded Mike McClamroch, President and CEO of East Tennessee Foundation. “We are proud to partner with The Humana Foundation and provide grants to those nonprofits applying for assistance. We have received applications daily since activating our Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund (N2N) on March 18 for COVID-19.”

Those interested in supporting N2N may do so on ETF’s website. Please visit etf.org/N2N. Nonprofit organizations who are addressing the critical needs created by COVID-19 may apply for a grant at easttennesseefoundation.org