Ways to Give

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Electronic Bank Draft

The University of Tennessee Foundation is pleased to offer Automatic Bank Draft as an easy and convenient way to support one of our many programs. With this option, donors can contribute monthly through their checking or savings account. Using an Automatic Bank Draft offers the advantage of spreading out your gift over 12 equal installments. It is quick, easy, and secure. Plus, it saves you the trouble of writing a checks (not to mention saving on stamps)!

How It Works
Each month, we will send a draft request to your bank which will deduct the amount of your monthly gift from your account.

Draft Date
Your account will be drafted between the 3rd and 7th day of every month.

Getting Started is Simple
Just complete a simple form and return it to the UT Foundation Office of Advancement Services along with a voided check or savings deposit slip. Your drafted donation will start within 45 days of processing your request.

Cancelling
Donors can choose to cancel this service at any time by contacting the UT Foundation Office of Advancement Services at 865-974-0381.

Questions?
For questions concerning the Electronic Bank Draft option, please contact Sherry Smith, Director of Advancement Systems at 865-974-2526.

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Gifts of Securities

Many donors find that gifts of appreciated securities are an ideal way to make a gift to The University of Tennessee, however these gifts do require special handling to ensure the donor receives the proper credit for the gift.

Benefits of making gifts of appreciated securities

  • You avoid capital gains tax. Any gain is taxable if you sell stock or mutual fund shares yourself, but it is not taxable if you transfer ownership to the university.
  • Your charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes is based on the full, fair-market value of the shares on the date the gift is made.
  • You receive gift credit for the full, fair market value of the shares, but the cost to you is only your original purchase price.

For more information on making a gift of stocks or bonds, please contact the UTK Development Office at 865-974-2115.

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Give by Recurring Credit Card

The University of Tennessee Foundation is pleased to offer donors the option of setting up automatic gifts via their Mastercard, Visa, or Discover Card as an easy and convenient way to support one of our many programs. With this option, donors can contribute monthly, quarterly, semiannually or annually through their preferred credit card. It is quick, easy, and secure plus it saves you the trouble of writing a check (not to mention saving on stamps)!

How It Works
You tell us the total amount you would like to give and for what duration. Based on your requested installment frequency, we will authorize your card in equal amounts either monthly, quarterly, semiannually, or annually.

Authorization Date
Your requested gift amount will be applied to your card between the 3rd and 7th day of every installment period.

Getting Started is Simple
Just complete a simple form and return it to the UT Foundation Office of Advancement Services. Your gifts will begin to be applied to your card in the month you request.

Cancelling
Donors can choose to cancel this service at any time by contacting the UT Foundation Office of Advancement Services at 865-974-0381.

For questions concerning the Recurring Credit Card option, please contact Sherry Smith, Director of Advancement Systems at 865-974-2526.

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Give by Mail

To make a gift by mail, please make your check payable to “The University of Tennessee Foundation” and send to:

The University of Tennessee Foundation
600 Henley Street
Suite B022
Knoxville, TN 37996-4103

Please be sure to include in the memo line the College, Department, or program you would like to support.

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Matching Gifts

Did you know that many employers have matching gift programs and will match your contribution to The University of Tennessee? The impact of your gift to UT may be doubled or possibly tripled! Many companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Search an online database of participating companies.

Please note, that not all companies are registered. If you do not see your company listed, contact your Human Resources or Benefits Office. You may also contact the UT Foundation Office of Advancement Services at 865-974-0381.

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