This is part of our ongoing “Donor Spotlight” series.

Spotlight on: Louis and Ernest Trammell

Following separate paths to success, Louise and Ernie Trammell have chosen to do business in their hometown. They believe in giving back to the community that has been good to them.  The Trammell Donor Advised Fund at the Foundation provided a means for them to support the causes that have meant so much to them. They agree that solving problems for their clients is the most rewarding aspect of their respective careers. A gift of appreciated stock to the Foundation helped the Trammells develop a philanthropic plan, while avoiding capital gains taxes that would be due as a result of its sale. “It was a simple solution”, according to Louise.

Following a successful career in Atlanta, Louise returned home to found her own company – Martin Advertising, representing many of Anderson’s leading businesses.  . Her work with the American Red Cross brought her in touch with Foothills Community Foundation where she arranged a matching grant program to benefit the Red Cross.

Growing up in Anderson, Ernie was active in athletics, church and the Boy Scouts. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Anderson Area YMCA and currently serves on the Fund Development Committee.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts.