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


We are grateful to our
Founding Donors.

Joan D. Allen
Moll Anderson
Ann Bailey
Betsy Beaver
Marty and Jim Begalla
Mrs. Sandy Bertelkamp
Mary Ellen and Steve Brewington
Cynthia Burnley and Bob Riser
Betsey Bush
Chapman Family Foundation
Lauren Chiles, M.D.
Melissa Cole Chiles, M.D.
Kay Clayton
Michelle Moore Clayton
Bobbie Congleton
Kelly Conley
Cindi DeBusk
Patte Earley
Catherine Gilreath, M.D.
Lucy and Louis Gump
Lucy Hand
Janet and Tom Harper
Dee and Jimmy Haslam
Natalie and Jim Haslam
Mrs. Jacqueline Holdbrooks
Judith V. Ingala in honor of Annee Ingala and Jennifer Ingala
Valda H. Jones in honor and memory of Kathryn Jones & Axie Hicks
Annette S. Kitchen
Heidi Kouns
Jane and Steve Logan
Carlton Long
Linda R. MacLean and Sara Grace MacLean in loving memory of our mother, Jill MacLean
A. David and Sandy Martin
Sheena McCall
Mrs. Pace McCamy
Melinda Meador
Alice and Charlie Mercer
Sharon Miller Pryse
M. Denise Moretz
Nikki Niswonger
Linda Ogle
Jo Ann Parker
Katharine Pearson Criss
Paige and Taylor Preston
Anne B. and James W. Reel
Hanley Roach
Gray Wilkes Roberts, Mary Margaret Roberts Donato, & Lauren Gray Roberts in memory of Margaret Gray Wilkes
Dorothy H. Roddy
Bonnie Sampson
Sheryl and George Sampson
Rob and Rhonda Sampson
Trini Sampson
Caroline Scharfstein in memory of Mary Catherine Crockett
Mrs. Harry Stowers
Juanita Wilkes Summers and Lena Summers Benisch in memory of Margaret Gray Wilkes
Sunshine Lady Foundation
Sarah T. Tarver
Chris Testerman, M.D.
Leslie Testerman
Kristi and Morgan Thomas
Alice Torbett
Carol and Bedford Transou
Gwendolyn Wallace
Christine Patterson Winter
Brenda Wood