NACF 1st Anniversary & Grantee Reception Event featured in “Norris Bulletin”

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The Eat Well Guide Has Been Redesigned

The Eat Well Guide has been redesigned and is easier — and more fun — to use than ever before! Use it to find over 25,000 sources of sustainable food across the country!
East Tennessee Foundation is a partner in the Appalachian Funders Network and part of 100 Food Systems groups working to find logistical solutions in Appalachia.

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Two Farragut High School Graduating Seniors Receive Greene Scholarship Awards

Katie Segraves, left, and Meredith Hudson
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Grubb-Sumner Fund Awards $25,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Monroe Area

(Left to right): Anthony Tricolli – Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Patsy Carson – ETF Board Member and Grubb/Sumner Fund for Monroe County Advisory Board Member, Paul Willson – ETF Board Member and Chairman of the Board, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Andy Pennington – Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, David Kefauver – Founding Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Danny Gardner – Director of Grants, Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area, Trudy Hughes – Director of Regional Advancement, ETF

A $25,000 grant was made by the John D. Grubb & Louise G. Sumner Fund for Monroe County to the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area with support from an anonymous donor.

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Lady Vol Alumna Susan Clower Allen Supports Pat Summitt’s Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Officials of The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed appreciation today to Lady Vol Alumna Susan Clower Allen for her generous gifts totaling over $30,000 to date to support her coach’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The announcement comes as the Foundation launches a special appeal to Lady Vol basketball alumnae to come together as one team to have a major impact on the Foundation’s fundraising campaign to raise $2.5 million over five years.

The funds raised will help to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The goal of this appeal is for 100% giving participation by the Lady Vol basketball alumnae in honor of Pat’s legacy of ensuring that 100% of her players who completed their eligibility at the University of Tennessee graduated.

Speaking about her gift Allen said, “First, giving to the Foundation is a privilege for me. Alzheimer’s has affected the two most important women in my life, my Mom and Pat.  Both women played a big role in who I am today and both stressed giving back.”

“Supporting the Foundation is my way to honor these great women.  After the first donation, I realized that it is a direct extension of Pat and the Lady Vol philosophy.  Giving has been easy and gratitude for the gifts has been demonstrated many times over.  It’s a great relationship for both the Foundation and the donor.  I am proud to be a donor and I encourage my fellow Lady Vol basketball alumnae to support The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic.”

Allen, a Kingston, TN native played guard for Summitt from 1978 to 1982 as part of the teams who garnered Pat’s 100th win in 1979 and 200th win in 1982.  After graduating she went on to become a  successful business owner based in Kingston.  She now manages a multi-million dollar consulting practice for System Maintenance Services with 50 highly skilled data migration consultants serving clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 10 companies and describes her role as the “Coach” of very talented people.

Once a Lady Vol… Always a Lady Vol! It means the world to me that Susan Clower Allen has been so supportive of the Foundation,” said Summitt.  “Tyler and I want to thank her and all the Lady Vols who are paying it forward to assist us in our fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

About The Pat Summitt Foundation

The Pat Summitt Foundation, a Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt in November 2011. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, its mission is to award grants to exemplary non-profit organizations that advance research for treatment and a cure, provide support for patients and caregivers, and educate the public on Alzheimer’s disease. In January 2015, The Pat Summitt Foundation formed a strategic partnership with the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, TN to create The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic. The Foundation launched a 5-year, $2.5 million fundraising campaign to help establish the Clinic. To learn more please visit, like us on, and follow us on Twitter: @webackpat.

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It’s Not Easy Giving Money Away Well!

2015 Arts Fund Grant Panel
The Arts Fund Grants Panel was the first group to use the new “Past Chairs Boardroom” in our new offices at 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101. This dedicated group of volunteers spent the day deliberating and finally choosing the grant recipients from a very worthy group of applicants. We are grateful to each of them for giving their time and experience to do the difficult task of thoughtfully giving away $125,000.



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Room to Keep Growing

Room to Keep Growing: For more information, please click here.

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Minor Has Major Interest in Norris Area Community Foundation Founding Membership

In 2014, East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) was pleased to welcome the Norris Area Community Foundation (NACF) as its newest affiliate fund. There were initially eight founding members: Linda Ahlstedt, Ellalyn Crossno, Donnie Curtin, Fred Fields, Jim Hayes, Timothy Hester, Elizabeth Morgan, and Loretta Painter.  When Jim Hayes, NACF Advisory Board Chair and Founding Member, was asked if there could be a “minor” founding member, he had to consult others on the Advisory Board. Twelve year-old Nicholas Harshbarger had heard about NACF and wanted to be a part of its beginning. A positive response to include Nicholas initiated a fund raising frenzy of extra chores. With a $10 donation, Nicholas became NACF’s ninth founding member and is one of its most ardent advocates having successfully issued donation challenges to his family and peers.

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East Tennessee Foundation’s “ThankFul” List

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East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) Announces New Scholarship Opportunity to Benefit Visually Impaired Students in Tennessee

The Debbie Van Cleave Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Debbie Van Cleave, an East Tennessee award-winning artist whose talent in pottery was not diminished by the fact that she was blind. The scholarship is intended to benefit legally blind students pursuing higher education.

Scholarship applications, detailed descriptions, and eligibility criteria for 2015 will be available at December 1, 2014.

ETF scholarship program requirements range from financial need to scholastic achievement. Several scholarships are targeted toward specific schools or counties, particular fields of study, students involved in certain extracurricular activities, or those who may not display the highest scholastic rankings yet still possess great potential and motivation.

In fall 2014, over $250,000 was disbursed in scholarship awards for 158 students participating in ETF scholarship programs. Scholarships provided through ETF help fulfill the dreams of those students wishing to obtain a secondary education, whether they are graduating high school seniors or returning adult students.

Scholarships administered by ETF allow individuals and groups to honor loved ones while helping change the lives of those pursuing higher education. Many of the scholarships have been established to honor the memory of a parent, spouse or child. Some have been founded to honor teachers, coaches or prominent community leaders.

For more information, please contact Beth Heller, ETF Scholarship and Program Officer, at

(865) 524-1223, toll free at 1-877-524-1223 or by e-mail at For additional information about the scholarships available through ETF, please visit

East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is a nonprofit organization created by and for the people of East Tennessee. Serving more than 25 counties within East Tennessee, ETF consists of many donors joined together to make the region they love a better place.  ETF builds endowment, thus creating a permanent source of philanthropic funding for the East Tennessee region.

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