Blog Posts

Freedom of Speech

Independence Day reminds me of many of the freedoms we enjoy in this country. One of those freedoms that has been on my mind recently is the freedom of speech. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of...

Supporting Enduring Values

It is graduation season, and happy students and proud parents are lining up at East Texas area auditoriums, gyms, and stadiums to celebrate educational milestones. Thousands of students around our region will graduate from high schools and colleges to begin the next...

Legacy Planning Priorities

The first part of the year is a great time to reflect on where you stand personally, professionally, and financially. How did last year go? Are you where you thought you would be at this point in your life? Is your family in a good place concerning their life choices?...

ETCF Announces New Scholarships for 2024

East Texas Communities Foundation is currently accepting applications from East Texas students for 97 scholarships to be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year. The deadline for submission of the online application is March 1, 2024. Detailed eligibility criteria and...

Giving Resolutions for 2024

In the flurry of holiday activities including end-of-year work responsibilities, travel and preparing for company; making last-minute charitable gifts can seem rushed and disorganized. At the very least, it can seem less peaceful and fulfilling than a Norman Rockwell...

The Privilege and Responsibility of Giving

It has been my experience working with generous people, that many donors feel a profound sense of responsibility to give back to their communities. In the recent 2023 Bank of America Study of Philanthropy, giving was motivated by the desire to “give back to your...

YES For Women Scholarship Benefits Upshur County Students

East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF) announces the creation of the Yamboree Empowerment Scholarship (YES) for Women to be awarded to females graduating high school from Upshur County, Texas.  The scholarship was funded through a collaboration between Gilmer,...

Erickson Fund Awards Grant to Northeast Texas Community College

The Roy and Betty Erickson Charitable Fund for Nursing held at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF) in Tyler, Texas, awarded a grant to the newly renovated Northeast Texas Community College Nursing Program for the purchase of a ventilator for their simulation lab....

Harris Fund Awards Grants to Nonprofits Serving Shelby County

Grants from the John Harris Community Fund held at East Texas Communities Foundation (ETCF) in Tyler, Texas, were awarded to Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Inc., Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library, Shelby County...

Back to School for the Class of 2024

It seems like we just finished congratulating the class of 2023, but it is already time to reacquaint ourselves with local school zones and prepare for another school year. No group is more excited to begin the school year than the Class of 2024. This final year of...