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.  

ETF’s goals are to:

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
  • 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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