East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is a public charity and community foundation created by and for the people of East Tennessee. Many donors and organizations join together to make the region we love a better place – today, and for future generations.

ETF was established in 1986 with $625,000 in assets. Since then, it has grown into a community foundation supporting 25 counties, managing $648 million in assets (as of year-end 2021), and is comprised of 491 charitable funds and 8 supporting organizations. Like other community foundations, ETF operates as a collection of hundreds of distinct charitable funds and supporting foundations established by individuals, families, businesses, and other nonprofits.

Our work helps achieve a wide variety of philanthropic objectives in our community.

Over $26 million in grants awarded in 2021

In the 2021-2022 academic year, ETF awarded 225 scholarships to 220 students totaling a commitment of $1.17 million

Over $379 million in grants awarded since 1986.

East Tennessee Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt publicly supported organization; contributions are fully deductible to the extent permitted by law.