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We are proud to announce The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee earned a 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit organizations in the United States. Less than five percent of non-profits registered with GuideStar are recognized with a Gold Seal, the leading symbol of non-profit transparency and accountability.

The Women’s Fund is dedicated to providing current and potential donors with accurate and in-depth knowledge about the ways in we advance our vision and mission with all donations we receive. Receiving the Gold Star means we have published qualitative information about our goals, strategi...

July 28, 2020

Many of you know that the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee has championed the need for ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) education, awareness, and training since becoming aware of this underlying issue affecting our young women and their ability to become self-sustaining.

Given the current pandemic, and the uncertainty surrounding just how long we will be encouraged to limit our time in public places, we want to take a moment to highlight some ways to reduce ACEs and toxic stress while at home. According to the article, Sheltering in Place: ACEs-Informed Tips for Self-Care During a Pandemic, published on ACEs Connection, there are “7 hea...

May 21, 2020

During the Pandemic, the Women’s Fund was challenged to rapidly understand the needs of and provide support for our Network nonprofit partners. Network members are being funded by the Women’s Fund over three years as we work to make change in barriers to “access to post-secondary education” across East Tennessee. Consequently we have extended our phased timeline to accomplish this body of work provided to give a period of relief while new and pressing needs are being addressed. We also provided a much needed forum to share needs and ideas as each agency pivots to the pandemic emergencies of those they serve.

On April 9th the Network...

May 21, 2020

Imagine being a victim of domestic violence trapped with your abuser in your home during the COVID crisis. Having a way to signal others for help during this time could be a matter of life or death. Therefore, the Women's Funding Network, of which WFET is a member, is a coalition of women's funds and foundations, has joined forces with the Canadian Women’s Foundation to help promote a new campaign, #SignalForHelp.

The premise of this campaign is to give domestic violence victims a way to silently communicate their need for help during virtual meetings, which are commonly utilized as many employees work from home and friends stay in touch...

May 21, 2020


Working Together to Extend Orders of Protection, TWFA (Tennessee Women’s Fund Alliance) members have been closely following court and relief decisions that significantly impact women. Given the rise in domestic violence during COVID-19 TWFA went to work advocating for extension of orders of protection. The TN Supreme Court declared that “Orders of protection and temporary injunctions that would otherwise expire during the period from Friday, March 13, 2020 through Tuesday, May 5, 2020 are hereby extended through Wednesday, May 6, 2020."

It is likely that an individual or individuals holding an order o...

May 21, 2020

We are proud to announce the Women's Fund of East Tennessee is the recipient of the Women of Influence award. The Women of Influence luncheon was held at Cherokee Country Club in early March and was hosted by First Horizon (formerly First Tennessee). Attendees were asked to review a list of charities in our community, that support the needs of women and girls, and vote for the one they believed was the most deserving of a $5,000 award from the First Horizon Foundation. WFET was notified that votes were tallied, and we had been chosen to receive the award!

Serving customers since 1864, First Horizon believes their compa...

May 21, 2020

Thank you for helping us create opportunity for low-income women and girls to become self-sustaining in East Tennessee.    

We are closely following the official information and guidance provided by the CDC and Tennessee State government and will cooperate fully with any restrictions placed on the types of events we host.  

At this time, we are still working toward hosting our 9th Annual Women’s Fund Luncheon, October 15, 2020, 11:15 a.m., Marble Hall at Lakeshore Park, Knoxville, TN. However, while the funds raised at these events are critical to our ability to carry out our mission each year, it is our utmost priority to suppor...

May 21, 2020

Domestic violence is a serious threat for many women. In fact, in the United States 1 in 4 women will be a victim in her lifetime. Research conducted by the Tennessee Women’s Fund Alliance indicates that, due to the pandemic, there are significant emergency needs for the victims of domestic violence in our state. These needs will rise as the shelter in place order is relaxed allowing victims to leave their abusers.

Since its inception, the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee has advocated for victims of domestic violence. Consequently, we are happy to announce we have awarded a $10,000 grant for emergency services to the Tennessee Coalition to...

March 23, 2020

Nyda Brook is a Women’s Fund of East Tennessee Legacy member, serves on the Annual Women’s Fund Luncheon Committee, and is a major sponsor. Most recently, she, and her husband William B. Smith, MD, FACC, shared their sea-going vessel, Sensation, with the Women’s Fund for a successful Cruising with the Coaches fundraiser. She is passionate about the WFET mission and vision. 

Nyda is the Vice President and General Counsel of the New Orleans Center for Clinical Research (NOCCR) now aligned with AMR Company. Prior to that time, she practiced healthcare law in New Orleans. Established in New Orleans in 1985, NOCCR still maintains the original...

March 4, 2020

WFET Board member, Carol Transou, has been named the first Board Member Emerita by the Women's Fund of East Tennessee. As an Emerita member, Carol will continue to serve on the Board in an advisory role indefinitely. She is a Founding Member of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee and chaired the task force that established it. Her hard work and dedication to the mission and success of the Women's Fund are inspirational, and we are honored to have Carol continue with us in such an important way. 

When asked to convey what the Women's Fund means to her, here is what Carol had to say:

I love the Women's Fund of East Tennessee. It is m...

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