How is the Women's Fund Different?
The Women's Fund is the only fund in East Tennessee dedicated to a regional approach in granting funds
to organizations focused on improving the lives of women and girls, allowing for collaborative and
By determining the focus of the funding based on thoughtful research, the fund is flexible enough to be both proactive and responsive to addressing the changing needs of women and girls.
No other East Tennessee Foundation funding source allows for this type of flexibility.
The fund is driven by our community of supporters. This allows individuals to be as involved as they wish in
the fund, and it creates genuine connections between our members and both the issues and solutions.
Women's Fund Focus Areas 2013
"Someday I may get a job, just not sure where to start."
This quote is from a woman who was interviewed by the Women's Fund researchers and is an example of the problems facing many of the women in East Tennessee who live in poverty and lack the skills to become economically self-sufficient. According to the annual research report for the Women's Fund, "Barriers to Self-Reliance for Women in East Tennessee," many impoverished women are missing necessary tools such as a high school education, technical training, basic job search and employment skills, child care, financial literacy, parenting skills, social skills, basic hygiene, and cognitive skills.
During 2013, the Women's Fund will concentrate on funding programs to create economic independence for women by improving their education, work and life skills. In addition, the Fund will focus advocacy efforts on domestic violence issues.
Please contact us if you would like to be actively involved in our mission as a volunteer or supporter, or can help us identify programs you are aware of that make a measurable and significant difference in attaining education, work and life skills for women in East Tennessee.
Contact us by phone at 865-524-1223, toll free at 877-524-1223 or by email at email@example.com.