Tennessee Always invites you to be a part of our team and support University of Tennessee athletics by thoughtful estate planning and through our endowment program.

Your membership not only encourages our student-athletes today, but can create opportunities for generations to come. Many planned gifts allow you to receive substantial tax advantages and other unique benefits while giving generous support to the University's athletic programs.

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Tennessee Always is a group to recognize donors that have made a planned gift or established an endowment in support of Tennessee Athletics. These generous gifts leave a permanent legacy for current and future students that wear the orange and white.


Gifts of Appreciated Property

You may make gifts of appreciated stock, mutual funds, or real estate and take an income tax deduction for the gift's current fair market value. When UT sells the property, all capital gains taxes that would have been owed on the sale are avoided.

Charitable Remainder Trust

You may fund the trust with cash or appreciated assets and receive income for your life and the life of a loved one after the donated asset is sold by the trust. Again, all capital gains taxes are avoided on the sale. You receive a partial income tax deduction based on age and the amount of income received from the trust. Further, the trust assets are removed from your estate.
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Bequests/Living Trusts

Gifts of this nature allow donors to give a dollar amount, a percentage of their estate, or the residuary (the remainder after specified bequests are fulfilled), to UT athletics in their will or living trust. This also allows the opportunity to document a bequest and designate the Tennessee Fund donor point credit to another individual upon the realization of the gift.
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* I agree to gift the priority points associated with my documented bequest as outlined above. The priority points will be distributed after the final bequest amount has been determined and received by the University of Tennessee Athletics Department. I have provided a copy of my living will and bequest that specifies the charitable gift.

Retained Life Estate

You may deed your home, vacation home, or farm to UT Athletics and receive an income tax deduction based on your age and the value of the property. You retain the use of the property for your lifetime, but the asset is removed from your estate. You remain responsible for maintenance, taxes, and insurance on the property.

IRA/Retirement Assets

You may make UT Athletics the full or partial beneficiary of an IRA or other tax-advantaged retirement plan and avoid income taxes that may be charged to the estate based on its account value.
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Charitable Gift Annuity

In exchange for a gift of property, marketable securities, or cash, the UT Foundation will contractually guarantee to pay your or another beneficiary a specified annuity for a set number of years or a lifetime.
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Life Income Gifts

Charitable remainder trusts can provide current tax advantages while providing the donor with income for a designated period of time or for life. They provide the Athletic Department with an endowed scholarship or operating fund gift upon the completion of the trust or donor's death. You also are encouraged to consult your tax advisor. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.


Athletic endowments at the University of Tennessee provide a permanent source of income to support student-athletes and allow them to develop and compete for championships each year. These endowments assist in providing the funds for athletic scholarships across all Volunteer athletics programs.

Endowments may be established and named with a commitment of at least $25,000. These help to ensure that future generations of student-athletes will have the opportunity to become part of the Tennessee family.

Nathan Dougherty Society

Donors can fully endow a scholarship by making a leadership pledge of $250,000. This entitles them to membership in the prestigious Nathan Dougherty Society. Gifts toward this pledge can be made in equal installments over a 10-year period and are earmarked specifically for the endowment.