The Institute for Public Service fulfills the public service outreach task of The University of Tennessee’s land-grant mission. Through its five agencies and 11 statewide offices, the institute provides technical consulting and training for local and state government, law enforcement and business and industry.
IPS encourages supporters to support the specific services and projects that they consider important. Gifts already underwrite a small percentage of existing IPS programs, and an expanded investment in people, programs and productivity will help continue and expand critical services. IPS will be focusing on supporting the use of technology, creating internships, filling the gaps in staff development and retention, and creating sustainable funding plans to maintain the future of critical services in a changing environment.
While the majority of IPS programs are funded in part by state appropriations, private funding is vital to the enhancement of future programs. Initiatives such as the statewide public service internship program, additional training and scholarships for law enforcement personnel and the use of endowments to support consulting positions will require support from the private sector, individuals, associations and foundations. Every gift to the institute, no matter the size, makes an impact on the lives of Tennesseans through the institute’s programs and centers.
The UT Foundation received $282 million in commitments during the 2018-2019 fiscal year, making it the third highest in school history.Continue Reading