The Student Health Coalition Legacy Fund

The SHC Legacy Fund was established in 2020 by former Coalitioners to provide financial support in the spirit of the original mission of the Student Health Coalition.  The stated mission of the Fund: empower residents in underserved communities to craft their own solutions for their own challenges; support organizations and their leaders who comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable; and nurture service that is committed to improving the lives of the least of us.

After careful research, a team of Coalitioners with experience in fundraising and non-profit management recommended the selection of the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) as the fiduciary manager of the SHC Legacy Fund. ETF is a 501(c)(3) certified community foundation, headquartered in Knoxville and established in 1986. Its assets approach $500 million. Our Legacy Fund has been set up within the Foundation as a donor-advised fund whose grant recipients will be recommended by us, the donors to the Fund.  Funds will be used to support organizations and initiatives in communities and states where we worked, including Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Contributions to the Legacy Fund are eligible for the same tax deductions as any other charitable 501(c)(3) gift.

By the end of 2020, the Legacy Fund had received over $80,000 in gifts and commitments. This initial generous support moves the Fund closer to the $100,000 goal established for the second year. We hope to increase that goal as our grant making opportunities grow.

After careful consideration, the Legacy Fund awarded its first round of grants to four organizations in the Spring of 2021. Recipients included the Appalachian Opportunity Fund, Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project, SOCM Resource Project, and St. Charles Clinic. By Fall of the same year, four new grantees were added for an updated total of eight supported organizations.  These newest grantees include the Eula Hall Health Center and Big Sandy Health Care Inc., Future Economy Collective, Coal Creek Miners Museum, and the Southern Connected Communities Project with the Highlander Research and Education Center.

For full details about the grants and the donors who made them possible, click here.


SHC Legacy Fund Team 2020/2021:

Polly McArthur, PhD, RN retired professor of nursing; student nurse with SHC in St. Charles, Virginia 1973-4.

Nancy Raybin, Of Counsel, Marts & Lundy, philanthropic fundraising; community organizer and clinic manager in St Charles Virginia, 1973-77.

Jack Beckford, Beckford Consulting, organizational development for nonprofits; community organizer Mud Creek, Kentucky 1971.

John Gaventa, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex; author Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley, 1980. SHC East Tennessee 1971.

Taylor Loy, PhD candidate in Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech; grandson of Kate and JW Bradley.


How to Donate to the Legacy Fund:

Donate by Credit Card:
Using your credit card, you can make a donation at ETF/Student Health Coalition Legacy Fund. You will receive an email receipt of your tax-deductible gift. Please note that ETF receives 97% of your gift; three percent is deducted for the credit card fee. Online, you can provide honoree contact information if you wish to make your gift in honor or memory of an individual. ETF will send an acknowledgment to the contact you provide.  Click here to make a donation by credit card.

Mail-In Donation:
If you prefer to mail a check to ETF, a donation method that also preserves 100% of your donation, please make the check payable to East Tennessee Foundation with a Memo: For Student Health Coalition Legacy Fund. Include honoree contact information if you wish to make your gift in honor or memory of an individual. ETF will send an acknowledgment to the contact you provide. ETF will mail you a receipt for your tax-deductible gift.  Mail your gift to East Tennessee Foundation, 520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902. Attention: Student Health Coalition Legacy Fund

Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Transfer:
Follow the instructions from your DAF fund.  Add a memo directing the money to the Student Health Coalition Legacy Fund. The ETF will send a confirmation once they have received the funds from your DAF.

Donation of Assets (publicly traded securities, retirement assets, real property, etc.):
Please contact Ms. Melissa Tschanz,

To express preferences for a particular type of project or region, or with any further questions, contact the Legacy Fund team at