ETF 30th Anniversary

In 2016, East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is celebrating 30 years of service in this region,
having started with assets of $650,000 in 1986 and now approaching $300 million.
During its history, ETF has granted $220,000,000 in the region – an unparalleled philanthropic impact and legacy.

So Let's Celebrate!!

ETF Kicks Off
30th Anniversary with
Preview at Annual Meeting

Left to Right: 30th Task Force Members - Ellen Fowler, Amy Cathey, Avice Reid, Jeff Becker, Howard Blum, and Bobbie Congleton
In the cake: Anna Whitener, ETF Financial & Administrative Officer   Task Force Members not pictured - Sam Amick, Susan Blair,
 Rick Fox, Trudy Hughes, Jackie Lane, Mike McClamroch, Paige Preston, Patrick Wade, and Stuart Worden

Complete with a surprise jump from inside a display birthday cake, ETF’s 30th Anniversary Task Force announced plans for 2016 in celebrating this milestone year at the recent January Annual Meeting at the Foundry. According to the Task Force, the focus this year is not just to celebrate, but also to educate by helping inform more people about what East Tennessee Foundation is, how it works to advance philanthropy and to ramp up meaningful dialogue about the topic of philanthropy itself.

  • Trudy Hughes, ETF’s Director of Regional Advancement, will be working hand-in-hand with the Task Force to take the message of the 30th Anniversary out to each of the 25 counties served.
  • Later this August, the Task Force plans a two-day “Philanthropy Road Show” of sorts, from McMinn County through Knoxville and up to the Tri-Cities with Susan Price, author of the book Generous Genes, to explore the topic of family philanthropy and community giving.
  • The capstone of the year will be later this fall, with a recognition event to thank and celebrate donors whose generosity has made the journey for all of us so worthwhile.

Speaking of journeys, the task force immediately embraced the concept that this whole year should be about the journeys specific stakeholders to ETF make as part of this organization’s success. There is, of course, East Tennessee Foundation’s own journey as an organization, each community’s journey, the recipient/grantee journey and, certainly the donor journey.

As ETF plans to shed light on each of those journeys in efforts to both celebrate and educate in 2016, the ETF board and task force hope you’ll join us on the road ahead, take part, and help spread the word.



From: Mary Beth West,
ETF Board Member and
30th Anniversary Task Force Chair