Women's Fund of East Tennessee

The Women's Fund is a catalyst to transform the lives of low-income

women and girls in East Tennessee.

Grantmaking Process

Transforming lives through transformational grantmaking.  The Grants and Research Committee of the Women's Fund, along with researchers from UT Knoxville and ETSU, spent more than a year conducting research that identified the barriers to self-sufficiency for women and girls in East Tennessee.  Barriers identified during this research include:  Education and Work Related Skills, Life Skills, Domestic Violence, Physical or Mental Illness, and Transportation

Read the full research report here:  Research Report

In reviewing the data from this research, it was clear that issues preventing or deterring many low-income women from achieving self-sufficiency are complex and interwoven.  For this reason, coupled with the amount of funding available, $75,000, the Women's Fund narrowed its focus to exemplary programs that address skill attainment in two of the focus areas:  Life Skills and Education and Work Related Skills.

Read the application criteria here:  General Criteria

An application process was initiated that engaged Grants and Research Committee members in the review of applications of eligible programs.  They then conducted on-site visits with each organization that focused on a more in-depth analysis of the program and its accomplishments in serving women to date.

Philanthropic Community

The Women's Fund is a philanthropic community dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in our region.  Whether through gifts of time, talent, or treasure, the Women's Fund is successful because of the involvement of individuals throughout East Tennessee.  If you would like to become a part of this community, please contact East Tennessee Foundation at (877)524-1223.


The Women's Fund is led by a 15 member Advisory Board.  The 2013 Advisory Board includes:

Patty Baird
Marty Begalla
Mary Ellen Brewington, Chair
Cynthia Burnley
Emily Cox
Maureen Dunn McBride
Catherine A. Gilreath
Meg Lonon, Vice Chair
Sheena McCall
Alice A. Mercer
JoAnn Parker
Katharine Pearson Criss, Secretary/Treasurer
Paige Preston
Hanley Roach
Carol Transou