Ways to Contribute
All Tennessee fans are encouraged to join the Tennessee Fund. You do not have to be a former student-athlete or alum of The University of Tennessee to join. Your gift to the Tennessee Fund is used for student-athlete scholarship costs, facility upkeep, and general operating budget needs. With nearly 500 student-athletes on campus, your donations play a critical role in the success of UT Athletics programs.
There are several ways to become a donor to the Tennessee Fund. Here are just a few of the ways to support Tennessee Student-Athletes:
|Cash Donations||Credit Cards|
|Bank Draft||Matching Gifts|
|Gift-in-Kind||Become a Vol Rep|
|SouthEast Bank Renewing Academic Commitment Program|
Tennessee Fund donors looking to renew their gift should click on the Donate Now / Member Log In icon in the top right corner of this website. If you are visiting the site for the first time and are a current Tennessee Fund member, click here to access your online account using your account number and a valid email address. All new Tennessee Fund members can register directly online by clicking here.
Benefits of Visiting Your Account Online
- View Your Priority Points
- View Your Giving History
- Update Your Mailing Address
- View Your Current Seat Location
- Contribute Online - Contributing online is secure, saves time and postage, and provides immediate confirmation that your gift has been received.
You may pledge to join the Tennessee Fund at a specific level and then pay the pledge in installments, completing your pledge by March 1. Statements will be sent periodically throughout the year reminding you of the March 1 deadline and the contribution balance remaining.
Cash or checks are always acceptable. Gifts are acknowledged by receipt from The University of Tennessee and the Athletic Department. Make all checks payable to The University of Tennessee Foundation.
The Tennessee Fund and Athletic Ticket Office accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. It is important to list the name as it appears on the card, the account number, the expiration date, and the three digit security code on the back of the card on the contribution form (if using an American Express, the security code is the four digit number on the front of the card).
Recurring Credit Cards (monthly credit card payments) By signing up for recurring credit card payments, you may have your credit/debit card charged monthly. On the contribution form, please include the name as it appears on the credit card, along with the account number, the expiration date, and the three digit security code from the back of the credit card. For more information on the Recurring Credit Card program, contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
- Each year donors must resubmit the account information with the current credit card information to the Tennessee Fund office to continue the recurring credit card.
- To stop the recurring credit card option, please submit a letter in writing to the Tennessee Fund office notifying us of your decision. You will be expected to fulfill any outstanding balance at that time.
- If your credit card declines 3 times during any point of your Tennessee Fund membership, your ability to use recurring credit cards as an option will be discontinued.
By joining the Vol Check-off program you may have your bank account drafted monthly. Please include a voided check along with your completed contribution form. For more information on the Vol Check-off program, contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
- Each year donors must re-submit the account information needed by the Tennessee Fund office to continue the bank draft.
- To stop the bank draft option, please submit a letter in writing to the Tennessee Fund office notifying us of your decision. Donors will be expected to fulfill any outstanding balance at that time.
- If your account shows insufficient funds 3 times during any point of your Tennessee Fund membership, your ability to use bank draft as a payment option will be stopped.
Many companies will match your gifts to The University of Tennessee. Please consult the benefits office at your place of employment. You may be able to double or triple the value of your gift and benefits. Your initial gift and matching form must be in by March 1, but the matching gift may be completed throughout the year. Many companies are not matching gifts if the donor receives any benefit as a result of the gift. Please check with the Tennessee Fund and the matching company to be sure that the matching gift can used for donor benefits. If the company chooses to stop matching a donor's gift, the donor is responsible for the entire annual contribution to maintain the same benefits. Click here to check the current status of a company's matching gift policy.
A gift-in-kind is a contribution of tangible property such as products, services, equipment or merchandise in place of a cash donation to the Tennessee Fund. These gifts provide budgetary relief for the athletic department while providing tax relief and other benefits for donors including priority to purchase season tickets and parking. All gift-in-kind pledges must be approved by the Tennessee Fund staff before qualifying for priority benefits. For more information, please contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
The Tennessee Fund is proud to have over 11,500 Volunteer Fans as members. Those members can help us broaden support for the Big Orange by participating in the Volunteer Representative Program. Vol Reps help expand membership by informing the public about the Tennessee Fund and the numerous avenues of supporting Tennessee Athletics. If you would like information about the Vol Rep Program or how to become a Vol Rep please Click Here or contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
Several options exist for donors to make gifts to UT Athletics outside of cash donations. These gifts are classified under planned giving and are typically made from assets in your estate, rather than disposable income. For more information on planned giving, please Click Here or contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
To provide funding for future Vol and Lady Vol student-athletes, endowments are essential. The opportunity to fully endow a scholarship with the Volunteers exists at the $250,000 level and entitles you to membership in the Nathan Dougherty Society. These gifts can be made over a ten-year period in equal installments. The Tennessee Fund office will provide the appropriate agreements to complete the gift. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis. For more information on endowments, please Click Here or contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
The University of Tennessee Athletic Department is firmly committed to the academic success of our student-athletes while providing them with the tools and resources necessary to earn their undergraduate degrees. In 2001, the UTAD celebrated the opening of the Thornton Center for Student Life, a center devoted to fostering academic achievement and assisting our student-athletes in their efforts to complete their undergraduate degrees.
There are times, however, when circumstances require that our student-athletes leave school without completing their degrees, either for personal or professional reasons. With the understanding that life presents occasional challenges and opportunities for our student-athletes that compel them to postpone their studies, the UTAD created the SouthEast Bank Renewing Academic Commitment (RAC) program, designed to encourage and assist former student-athletes to return to the University to complete their undergraduate studies. SouthEast Bank RAC participants are eligible to receive 100% of their tuition, fees, and books. Without such financial support, many former student-athletes would not have the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degrees. Currently, the program has helped over 70 former student-athletes. For more information on the SouthEast Bank RAC program, please Click Here or contact the Tennessee Fund office at (865) 974-1218.
Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to constitute legal advice or other tax counsel and may not be relied on as such. Please consult a personal tax advisor concerning the deductibility of any contribution to the Tennessee Fund.
Under applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), the amount of a contribution that is deductible for federal income tax purposes is limited to the excess of the amount contributed over the value of any goods or services provided to the donor by the University. The Athletic Department will notify you as to the value of any such items. Under current IRC provisions, no more than 80 percent of an amount paid to or for the benefit of an institution of higher education may be treated as a charitable contribution if, as a result of the payment, the donor receives the right to purchase tickets for seating at an athletic event in an athletic stadium at the institution. You should consult your tax advisor to determine whether these provisions apply to you. If you choose to waive all applicable benefits, you must sign a written waiver at the time you make your Tennessee Fund donation.
“PLAYING BY THE RULES” NCAA COMPLIANCE
The University of Tennessee Athletic Department (UTAD) and individuals affiliated with the department, including donors, are governed by the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Ensuring compliance with NCAA and SEC rules is a top priority for the UTAD. Compliance should be everyone’s responsibility, especially for our donors. Rule violations involving donors may adversely impact the eligibility of current student athletes as well as prospective student-athletes (recruits). Additionally, violations involving donors may prevent any future association with the UTAD. Your participation and acceptance of benefits and privileges available from the UTAD is your acknowledgement and agreement to abide by the rules and regulations of the NCAA, SEC and the UTAD. The UTAD Compliance Office serves as a resource for everyone affiliated with the UTAD.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Compliance Office at 865-974-3871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.