Each Tennessee Fund member’s priority and ability to obtain various benefits is determined by a combination of annual giving level and donor rank as determined by the Tennessee Fund point system.
2015 Tennessee Fund Guidebook
Q: What is the "point system"?A: The Tennessee Fund uses a priority point system to help fairly allocate donor benefits. Donors receive points based upon the consecutive number of years that they have given to the Tennessee Fund, as well as for the total cumulative contributions that they have made. This system seeks to reward both a donor's longevity and gift amount when establishing priorities. With the point total, the Tennessee Fund can "rank" all donors regardless of giving category.
Q: How are points allocated?
A: Points are allocated as follows:
- 1 pt. Awarded for each $100 donated to the Tennessee Fund* since 1986
- 1 pt. Awarded for each $100 donated to Capital/Endowment funds since 1986
- 1 pt. Awarded for each $1,000 in new annual money raised by a Vol Rep
- 5 pts. Awarded for each consecutive year of giving to the Tennessee Fund since 1986
- 10 pts. Awarded for UT Alumni (one time award per account)
- 50 pts. Awarded for UT letterman (one time award per account)
- 50 pts. Awarded for gifts given prior to 1986 (one time award)
- 50 pts. Awarded for 20 consecutive years of giving (one time award)
*Formerly VASF and Lady Vol Boost-Her Club
Donor point totals are ranked each year as of gifts received by 5:00 pm on March 1st. The donor with the most accumulated points is ranked number 1, the next highest point total is ranked number 2 and so on. Consecutive years of giving points are withdrawn from a donor account if membership is not renewed annually. Regardless of rank, a donor's annual gift must be made in order to receive the opportunity to purchase priority tickets or parking.
Q: How is the point system used?
A: The point system is used by the Tennessee Fund in the following ways:Season Football and Basketball Ticket Improvements
Each year, Tennessee Fund members who are season ticket purchasers receive the opportunity to view potential options to improve their seats. This relocation process is conducted online and based upon donor rank. In rank order (with the number 1 ranked donor first), donors can access the online seat inventory system and choose to upgrade their current seats to any open seats that may be available during their relocation time period. Football ticket relocation typically takes place in May, and basketball ticket relocation typically takes place in August each year.
Football and Basketball Parking Pass Assignments
The Tennessee Fund uses donor rank, as determined by the point system, to assign football and men's basketball parking passes for donors in the Mountaineer annual giving category ($2,500-$4,999) and below. Tennessee Fund donors at the Bronze Victor level ($5,000-$9,999) and higher are assigned football parking according to their donor rank, as determined by the point system, and in a predetermined zone if their rank does not qualify them for their choice of parking. Women's basketball parking is assigned in rank order for lots near Thompson-Boling Arena. All football and men's basketball parking locations are reassigned each year and donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible.
Away Football Games, SEC Postseason Games / Tournaments, and Bowl Game Ticket Assignments
The Tennessee Fund uses donor rank, as determined by the point system, in two ways when managing the assignment of away football games, SEC postseason games / tournaments, and bowl tickets. The primary factor in determining the quantity of tickets that a donor is eligible for is the donor's annual giving category. However, the Tennessee Fund uses donor rank to differentiate eligible quantities between donors in the same annual giving category and to reward long-time donors who may be in a lesser annual giving category. Once it has been determined who will receive tickets to these games, the actual ticket locations are assigned strictly in donor rank order, as established by the point system.