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WOMEN'S FUND OF EAST TENNESSEE

Every woman self-sustaining

Knoxville, TN   |  womensfundetn.org

Mission

THE WOMEN'S FUND IS A CATALYST TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF LOW-INCOME WOMEN AND GIRLS IN EAST TENNESSEE.

Notes from the nonprofit

In just nine years of providing gifts and grants the Women's Fund of East Tennessee has provided $1.5M to fulfill our mission to serve as a catalyst to transform the lives of low-income women and girls in 25 counties. We advocate for change in violence against women, human trafficking, and domestic violence, and educate women philanthropists and the community regarding the needs of women and girls and how they can be part of the solution. Terry A. Morgan, CFRE Executive Director

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Ms. Terry A. Morgan CFRE

Main address

625 Market Street, Ste. 1300

Knoxville, TN 37902 USA

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EIN

47-4871564

NTEE code info

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

Public Foundations (T30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our focus: Access to post-secondary education for low-income girls in 25 counties in East Tennessee. We are committed to breaking down the barrier to post-secondary education, changing the narrative from one that prevents our young women from pursuing post-secondary education (college, trade school, certification) to a new and positive narrative encouraging low-income women and their caregivers (parents, grandparents, teachers, foster-care givers), through a two-generation approach, so that our young women can become self-sustaining. The Appalachian region often promotes values such as strict gender norms and the importance of attending to family needs over individual needs. These messages can negatively influence women’s decision to enroll in post-secondary education. (Russ, 2010) Gender role narratives can influence students to choose gender stereotyped careers that best match their family values. (Tang & Russ, 2007).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Network: Access to Post-Secondary Education - Changing the Narrative

The Women's Fund is building a Network across 25-counties in East Tennessee to change the current discouraging narrative, "don't get above your raising" that serves as a barrier to education for low-income women and girls, into a cultural mindset that every women and girl deserves to make the most of herself by taking advantage of opportunities to further her education.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

We boldly advocate for change in partnership with our sister funds through the Tennessee Women's Fund Alliance including Memphis, Chattanooga, and Nashville. Together, we are pushing for new legislation and necessary changes to laws affecting women and girls in domestic violence and sex-trafficking, educational obstacles, ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences), and other barriers.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

30 Days of Caring $1,000 Award Winners 2017

HSN (Home Shopping Network)

Affiliations & memberships

TN Women's Fund Alliance 2022

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Fulfill our Vision - Every woman self-sustaining
Grow our endowment to $4M by Dec. 2021 to provide increased support for low-income women and girls
Create visibility and awareness of the needs of low-income women and girls through a special 10th Anniversary event in 2021
Strengthen Board Education to empower them in their decision-making
Assess current Operations funding model
Grow effective coordination of resources
Develop next phase grant making efforts
Develop methods to integrate ACEs into the Advocacy agenda
Facilitate ongoing community education programs

Increase resources and raise awareness to provide self-sustainability for low-income women and girls in 25 counties in East TN
Ensure Operating model is optimal
Maximize the potential of the Network "access to post-secondary education" in 25 counties
Refocus Advocacy efforts to better achieve the mission

We are governed by an outstanding 23 member board made up of women in leadership from throughout the 25 counties served.
By design our bylaws set-forth the 7 standing committees that govern our mission and work.
Our Executive Director is a CFRE with a long history of success in managing foundations, developing boards, funds, volunteers and community collaboration.
Our Network is made up of 16 leaders representing 8 exemplary non-profits passionate about breaking down the barrier to post-secondary education for low-income women and girls and is working with a national firm with the expertise needed to achieve our goal.
We are very transparent and work with community partners throughout our 25 county service area.

In just nine years the Women's Fund has provided, secured and committed over $1.5M in gifts and grants to support low-income women and girls in East Tennessee in the focus areas of life skills, work skills and education. We are a part of the TN Women's Fund Alliance (Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga), and collectively advocate for change in laws affecting violence against women, and educational issues. We have developed an endowment of over $4.1M to provide ongoing grant support for the mission and continue to research and learn of the barriers to self-sustainability for low-income women in East Tennessee. Our Network initiative made up of eight non-profit organizations (16 professionals) who share our passion for helping low-income girls achieve post-secondary education, it is enhanced by the nationally successful firm of Burness (Washington, D.C.) who has great success in working with non-profits to research, test, train and change the narrative. We have been recognized regionally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) as Foundation of the Year, HSN (Home Shopping Network) as Innovative Top 25 in the Country Improving the Lives of Women, First Horizon Bank's "Women of Influence" Award, 3-12-2020, and by a number of other foundations and organizations that value the unique and collective work we do to educate women philanthropists and break down barriers for low-income women and girls in East Tennessee.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WOMEN'S FUND OF EAST TENNESSEE

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Michelle Hardin

First Horizon Bank

Term: 2018 - 2023

Becky Paylor

Judy Penry

Katharine Pearson Criss

Linda Spence

Robin Gibson

Rosa Mar

Nita Summers

Suzanne Prince

Michelle Hardin

Laura Seery Cole

Norma Scogin

Sharon Boles

Susie Whitener

Nyda Brook

Angela Howard

Jan Brown

Kathy Mack

Joy Fulkerson

Veenita Bisaria

Kati Blalock

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/11/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability