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East Tennessee Foundation is a nonprofit community foundation that manages and invests charitable funds established by individuals, families, businesses and other nonprofit organizations.

A community foundation is a flexible, yet permanent collection of funds supported by a wide range of donors. Community foundations make grants to community groups from funds established by individuals, families, businesses, and others that want to support the work of nonprofits, schools, and other groups that address community concerns. There are more than 650 community foundations across the United States and four in Tennessee.

A Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation is less costly, in terms of both time and money, to establish than a private foundation. The Foundation can help you establish a Donor Advised Fund in a matter days and handles all the administrative details. Establishing a private foundation can take months or longer, and you are responsible for substantial legal, accounting and operational matters.

Our administrative fees are the funding engine of our mission-based operations, providing for our activities in our community and our services to you so you can focus on the joy and excitement of philanthropy. The Foundation has competitive fees and offers more charitable products than the commercial gift funds. The Foundation also offers the local, professional expertise of its staff to help connect you to the community causes you care about.

Contact your Professional Advisor and/or a member of the Foundation’s Advancement Department to discuss the assets and types of Funds that best fit your charitable interests and financial situation.

The Foundation works with Professional and Financial Advisors regularly to assist donors in the philanthropic process. We encourage you to include any of your Advisors in exploring and deciding to establish a Fund or Charitable Trust.

While tax considerations vary according to assets, generally, you may deduct up to 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for cash contributions, and up to 30% of your AGI for gifts of highly appreciated assets such as publicly traded securities. Tax laws and regulations change frequently. Your tax situation is unique and likely to be affected by specific facts and circumstances that are beyond the Foundation’s control or knowledge. We encourage you to consult with your Professional Advisor when establishing your Fund.

The Foundation will work closely with you and your professional advisor(s) to help facilitate planned gifts of all types through your personal estate plan.

The Foundation offers several types of charitable trusts, and can serve as trustee and provide administrative management and investment of your assets. You should consult with your professional advisor and a member of our Client Services staff with detailed questions about the type of charitable trust that would best suit your needs.

The Foundation respects requests for anonymity. If you wish your donor advised fund to remain anonymous, you may name it accordingly. You may also indicate if you would like for all or occasional grant distributions from your donor advised fund to be anonymous on your fund agreement.

Additional gifts to your fund can be made in any amount and at any time.

The Foundation allows unlimited grant distributions from your donor advised fund.

Except as required by law, East Tennessee Foundation (“the Foundation”) will not disclose information about a donor or a donor’s gift, with the following exceptions:
• With the donor’s permission, the Foundation may feature a donor in promotional materials or on the Foundation’s website or social media.
• Unless prohibited in the testamentary documents, donors making gifts to the Foundation by bequest or other testamentary instrument are considered to have granted permission for inclusion (after death) in promotional materials. Amounts of testamentary gifts are not disclosed.
• If giving categories have been specified for a fund drive, event, or an ongoing recognition program, then donors, unless they request to remain anonymous, are considered to have given permission to publish their names associated with their giving category.
• In the case of memorial/honorary gifts, the Foundation will provide the names of donors and contact information to designated family members, friends, or organizations unless the donor has requested anonymity.

The President + CEO is authorized to accept anonymous gifts to the Foundation.

The Foundation will not sell, trade, share, or exchange information about individual donors. The Foundation will not share any information gathered through emails, websites, social media, or other internet-based platforms that individually identify a donor. This information includes, but is not limited to, names, email addresses, mailing addresses or location data, demographic data, and other contact or personal information.

Donors and any other recipients of Foundation mail or email messages may notify the Foundation and be excluded from any future mass mailings or electronic communications from the Foundation.


Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to explore establishing a Gift Fund at the Foundation to ensure fiscal perpetuity and to work with the Foundation’s staff on planned giving programs.