Campaign for Tennessee

The Campaign for Tennessee, the most ambitious fundraising effort in the 216-year history of the University of Tennessee, reached its $1-billion goal 18 months ahead of schedule. The campaign came to a close in December 2011 with a total amount raised of more than $1.3 billion.

The campaign’s success places UT among an elite group of only 28 public universities that have successfully completed fundraising campaigns of at least $1 billion, according to the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Typical of public university fundraising, most donors designate the use of their gifts. About 98 percent of all Campaign for Tennessee gifts are allocated for a specific scholarship, professorship, program or other objective of the donor’s choosing. These gifts cannot be used to offset the University’s operating costs.

Thirty-four percent of the campaign total consists of deferred gifts that include bequests, charitable trusts and gift annuities which, by their nature, will not be realized for many years. Another third of the total consists of pledges to be paid over a period of years. The remainder is made up of gifts already received.

The Campaign for Tennessee’s positive impact already is visible in the changing skyline of each campus.

Private gifts provided significant funding for the following:

  • Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science building, UT Knoxville
  • Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, UT Knoxville
  • Brenda Lawson Student-Athlete Success Center, UT Chattanooga
  • Renovation of the Dunn Dental Building, UT Health Science Center
  • John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital, UT Institute of Agriculture.
  • UT Martin Parsons Center in Decatur County
  • John Tickle Engineering Building, UT Knoxville
  • James A. Haslam II Business Building, UT Knoxville
  • Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, UT Knoxville
  • Dr. William M. Bass Anthropology Center

In addition, the Sherri Parker Lee Softball Stadium, Regal Soccer Complex and Pratt Pavilion basketball practice facility in Knoxville were funded entirely by private dollars.