East Tennessee Foundation Donates $25,000 to United Way COVID-19 Fund

April 03, 2020

East Tennessee Foundation Donates $25,000 to United Way COVID-19 Fund

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), a community foundation serving 25 East Tennessee counties with a mission of “thoughtful giving for stronger communities and better lives,” announced a $25,000 donation to United Way of Greater Knoxville’s (UWGK) Knox County COVID-19 Response Fund, supporting local nonprofits serving those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This donation is part of a new #COVIDgiveWhereYouLive awareness campaign by ETF encouraging donors across their 25-county footprint in East Tennessee, and across the globe, to identify ways to support charity in their communities.

“ETF recognizes that our work, especially our grantmaking, takes on an even greater importance in the current situation. We are proud to partner with UWGK and acted quickly to award this grant from our Neighbor to Neighbor Disaster Relief Fund earmarked for Greater Knoxville by donors,” said ETF President and CEO Mike McClamroch. “We continue to encourage those who are able to “give where you live” - as you can. ETF is here as your philanthropic partner and resource. Our community’s measure of success will be determined by our willingness to care for, support and help our neighbors.”

UWGK, with ETF and Alliance for Better Nonprofits, launched the Knox County COVID-19 Response Fund on March 17 to raise funds for local nonprofits staying open and expanding services to help those affected by COVID-19; so far, the fund has raised $56,918. United Way of Greater Knoxville also released an additional $50,000 in emergency funds to provide immediate relief to local agencies.

“East Tennessee Foundation has a history of funding work that is instrumental in serving our community and that has never been more true than this support of the COVID-19 Response Fund,” said UWGK President and CEO Matt Ryerson.

Both ETF and UWGK are committed to helping the community as much as they can through the COVID-19 crisis and are accepting donations to assist in their efforts. More information about ETF can be found at www.easttennesseefoundation.org and about UWGK at www.uwgk.org