Blog Posts

Supporting Parks

Several years ago we had the opportunity to check off a great National Park bucket list item with a vacation to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. One of the most remarkable features in Yellowstone in called the Grand Prismatic Spring. The hot spring is the largest...

Early Giving For East Texas Giving Day

Early giving is open and the leaderboard is currently tallying donations for the 8th annual East Texas Giving Day at www.easttexasgivingday.org. Although the actual 18-hour online fundraising event supporting local nonprofits is held on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, it’s...

Five Tips to Prepare For East Texas Giving Day  

East Texas Giving Day is just around the corner on Tuesday, April 25th, so what should you be doing now to make the event a great day for local charities? Encourage nonprofits to register for the event, consider making a matching gift, create a Celebration Page, make...

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...