Ways to Contribute

 

Thank you. Through the generosity of nearly 13,500 members, the Tennessee Fund provides support for expenses associated with 20 intercollegiate sports. As we strive to win championships in the nation’s best conference, your support is more important than ever. 

By factoring in other direct expenses such as travel, academic support and sports medicine, the complete student-athlete package reaches nearly $100,000 annually. These expenses add up, as UT supports over 500 student-athletes across 20 sports. 

Your continued passion and generosity for Tennessee Athletics is essential to ensuring all student-athletes are provided the necessary resources to achieve comprehensive excellence on the field and in the classroom. YOU make the difference in their success!

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:

Online Giving Pledge
Cash Donations Credit Cards
Bank Draft Matching Gifts
Gift-in-Kind Become a Vol Rep

Planned Giving

Endowments

SouthEast Bank Renewing Academic Commitment Program

 

   

Also See:

 
Tax Information  
NCAA Compliance  
 
Online Giving 

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.
 
Pledge

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 Donations

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.

 

Credit Cards

The Tennessee Fund and Athletic Ticket Office accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. It is important to list your name as it appears on the card, the card holder’s billing address and phone number, credit card number, expiration date, and the three digit security code from the back of the credit card when completing the contribution form.

The Tennessee Fund Office also accepts credit cards & e-checks online here. It is important that you list your name as it appears on your bank account,
the account number and the routing number when using an E-Check. The Tennessee Fund accepts VISA, MasterCard & Discover online. It is important that you list your name as it appears on the credit card, the account number, and the expiration date when donating online with a credit 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.

 

Bank Draft

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.

Matching Gifts

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 received by March 1, but the matching gift may be completed throughout the year.

Some companies may not match 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 sum can be 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 benefits provided by the matching gift.

 

Gift-In-Kind

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.

 

Become a Vol Rep

The Volunteer Representative Program is open to any active Tennessee Fund donor that wishes to serve as an ambassador for Tennessee Athletics and the Tennessee Fund in their community. This program was originally founded in 1993 in seven major cities and has since grown to over 250 Vol Reps across the entire state of Tennessee and other states across the country. The Vol Rep Program is successful due to the generosity of our volunteers who donate their time and resources year round to advance the vision of Tennessee Athletics.


VOL REPS:

  • Assist Tennessee Athletics in the pursuit of comprehensive excellence by facilitating connections between their personal contacts and the Tennessee Fund with the goal of helping to identify potential new donors
  • Communicate news and updates about Tennessee Athletics to fans and Tennessee Fund donors in their communities
  • Earn rewards based on the success of their individual fundraising efforts, such as unique on-campus experiences, official Tennessee gear, Tennessee Fund priority points, and much more

The Tennessee Fund is always looking for more donors to serve as Vol Reps. Sign up today at volreps.com or call the Tennessee Fund at (865) 974-1218.

 

Planned Giving

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.  

 

Endowments

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.  

 

SouthEast Bank Renewing Academic Commitment Program

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.  

 

Tax Information

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 utcompliance@utk.edu.