Blog Posts

For Now, For This and Forever

We are approaching three years this spring since the COVID-19 pandemic. When the pandemic hit, many plans for growth and expansion were put on hold. According to economist Ray Perryman in his annual economic outlook presented in Tyler last week, Texas businesses...

Protecting Mind and Body This Winter  

Happy New Year and welcome to winter in East Texas! Despite the relatively warm New Year’s Day, I have found myself repairing more frozen and broken pipes in the last week than I did during Snowmageddon in 2021. That was some cold front! East Texas weather is...

Exercise Your Thankfulness

Thanksgiving cards are starting to arrive at our office so it must be time to gear up for another Turkey Trot! Several years ago a few members of our family were inspired to participate in the Tyler Turkey Trot 5K, held each year on Thanksgiving morning. It’s really a...

Hallowed Progress

Halloween is an occasion that prompts some people in our community to drag out the strangest collection of yard decorations, including turning their yards into cemeteries. I don’t mean to spoil your enjoyment if that is your thing, but I just have too much respect for...

Giving Involved

The start of school brings new routines. As children get older, they establish more independence and require less daily oversight and family involvement. Perhaps this year is one of those milestone years in your household that results in more time for you to spend on...

Dog Days of Summer Giving

Around East Texas, it would be easy to speculate that the “Dog Days of Summer” is a reference to how dogs survive the August heat. One of the more interesting funds held at East Texas Communities Foundation is a fund for the benefit of the John Wingate Truitt Log...

Defending Philanthropic Freedom

The solemn celebrations of Memorial Day around East Texas last week were a reminder of the freedoms protected by the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of members of our military over hundreds of years. The Civil War claimed more lives than any other conflict in U.S....

Giving Trends

For some of you, 2021 feels like an eternity behind us. For others it feels like yesterday. The passage of time can be both fleeting and painfully slow depending on how it is used. Giving USA produces an annual report that is released each summer. The report provides...

Educational Philanthropy

Graduations and senior awards ceremonies are in full swing in the month of May. Our staff and board members at East Texas Communities Foundation are busy attending awards programs throughout East Texas to honor this year’s graduating seniors. When the dust settles,...