The East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) has been doing good works in this region for over 25 years. Their work is executed through grants and awards to non-profit organizations in 25-counties in East Tennessee. LMU is proud to be one of those organizations. Throughout its history, the ETF has supported LMU and the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum with enrichment programs and by providing funds for special projects and events including the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.
In 2011, ETF is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving – Neighbors caring for Neighbors. To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what the Foundation does in our 25-county service area, ETF will award 25/$2,500 grants (one $2,500 grant to one nonprofit in each of the 25 counties we serve) and one $25,000 ETF recognition endowment to a nonprofit located within our service area.
The unusual part of the 25th Anniversary Grant is that there was no application. All the recipients were evaluated and selected by the ETF staff and its board without even knowing they were under consideration. That is what happened for the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum. One day, they got the call that they had been selected and a few weeks later ETF Senior Vice President for Programs and Regional Development Terry Holley presented the award to Museum Director Thomas Mackie.
Holley noted in her presentation that ETF and ALLM have partnered in the past to support a variety of educational and cultural programs. The Museum is a unique treasure in this region and ETF has supported efforts to promote public awareness and appreciation of LMU’s historical legacy of documentary resources relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War era and regional Appalachian history.
The overall objective of our 25th Anniversary Celebration is to bring greater awareness and understanding throughout East Tennessee of how East Tennessee Foundation works with donors and through nonprofits in the region and how each person in our service area can have a relationship with the Foundation.
The Museum will use the grant to complete one of our public programs later this year.