What is a Community Foundation?

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities with a common goal: improving the quality of life in the geographic areas they serve. Community foundations are funded by individuals, families, corporations and nonprofit organizations that create short-term and permanent charitable funds to help meet needs within a given region. Overseen by a volunteer board of community leaders and industry professionals, community foundations invest and administer these funds for the benefit of area nonprofits. There are more than 800 community foundations across the United States.

About East Texas Communities Foundation

Founded in 1989, East Texas Communities Foundation’s (ETCF) mission is to provide simple ways for donors to achieve their long-term charitable goals. ETCF works with individuals, families, businesses, financial advisors and nonprofit organizations to create charitable funds which support a wide variety of community causes and individual philanthropic interests.

Who We Serve

East Texas Communities Foundation is a public charity that serves donors and nonprofits in the following 32 East Texas counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Delta, Franklin, Freestone, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Leon, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rains, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.

Our Impact

Over the past 27 years, ETCF has impacted the community in the following ways:

  1. Received contributions totaling over $116 million
  2. Distributed charitable grants in excess of $62 million
  3. Currently manages over $80 million in charitable assets
  4. Over 270 charitable funds have been established at ETCF

Giving to—or through—East Texas Communities Foundation is simple. Donations can be made in any dollar amount through the creation of a charitable fund or as a gift to an existing endowment fund. We work closely with you to develop a program of giving that meets YOUR needs and interests.

Contact Kyle Penney at 903-533-0208 or etcf@etcf.org for more details or to set up a consultation.