Jan Elston, East Tennessee Foundation

TITLE:  Vice President for Competitive Grant Programs

FOCUS AREAS: Arts & culture, at-risk youth, community development

CONTACT: (865) 524-1223 X110, jelston@etf.org

PROFILE: Jan Elston is the director of competitive grant programs for the East Tennessee Foundation, and she has been with the foundation since March 2000. According to her LinkedIn profile, “As the director of our competitive grants programs, I coordinate and manage all field-of-interest and affiliate fund grantmaking activities at East Tennessee Foundation.” She earned a Master of Arts & M.S.P., Geography & Urban Planning from UNC Chapel Hill & UTK Knoxville.  

Her foundation bio shares:

Jan is responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking programs, such as the Arts Fund of East Tennessee, Mount Rest Fund, and the Youth Endowment and helps to coordinate the grantmaking activity of all the regional affiliates. Jan develops grant applications and guidelines, provides technical assistance to potential applicants, supports the volunteers who serve on grants panels to evaluate proposals, and works with grantees to ensure the successful completion of their funded project.  Prior to joining ETF, Jan worked as an urban planner and later as a nonprofit program director.

To learn more about Elston, watch this video segment featuring her.