ETF Legacy Society

The ETF Legacy Society is a way for East Tennessee Foundation to recognize donors who have made a long-term commitment to furthering philanthropy in our region through a planned gift to a fund of East Tennessee Foundation.


Anyone who has established or completed a planned gift to one of East Tennessee Foundation’s funds is eligible for membership. A planned gift is any of the following: real estate gifts, private business interest gifts, charitable trust gifts, and testamentary gifts through wills, trusts, or beneficiary designations. Eligible donors who are uncomfortable with recognition may opt out entirely or be included anonymously.

Membership Form - ETF Legacy Society (PDF)

Email your completed form to at or mail it to:

520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101
Knoxville, TN 37902

Two Membership Levels

Just like East Tennessee, our ETF Legacy Society will be shaped by Mountains and Rivers, as these titles will delineate the two distinct levels of membership in the ETF Legacy Society.


Time-tested mountains are the backbone of East Tennessee, and thus, this membership level is for individuals, past and present, from whom an East Tennessee Foundation fund has already received a completed Legacy Gift.


As the perpetual flow of many rivers sustains a rich abundance of life and activities in East Tennessee, River members ensure the philanthropy legacy keeps flowing, because they have informed us that they have created a planned legacy gift to be received in the future to benefit one of our funds. River members will eventually transform into Mountain members when their planned legacy gifts are received.

All ETF Legacy Society members will receive:

A beautiful framed print of a mountain photograph taken by our former ETF board member and current Oak Ridge Fund for Achieving Community Excellence advisory board member, Pat Postma;

Printed recognition in many of our communications (e.g. newsletters, website, annual report, etc.); and

Priority invitations to and special recognition at various ETF events.

Additionally, Mountain members will have their names on permanent display at our office.