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UT Foundation Second Largest Fundraising Year in UT System History

The University of Tennessee Foundation generated its second-highest fundraising totals in UT System history during the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The UT Foundation received over $314 million in commitments from 75,572 donors, representing the largest number of donors in UT history.

“Our alumni and donors open doors, create opportunity and change lives through an unwavering commitment to UT, and that passion is found throughout our entire System, our state and beyond,” said Kerry Witcher, president and CEO of the UT Foundation.  

Continuing to emphasize alumni engagement, each campus surpassed their alumni engagement goal and collectively UTFI set a new record with 246,730 alumni connecting with the university over the fiscal year. The Advocacy Network grew to 8,143 with the addition of 492 new members.

This was a record-breaking year for UT Knoxville and UT Southern, UT Institute of Agriculture more than doubled their giving totals from the previous year, and UT Knoxville Athletics had an increase of 4,153 donors. Between the four campuses that hosted days of giving campaigns – Chattanooga, Health Science Center, Knoxville and Martin – $3.7 million in support was generated from 9,723 donors.

“In every corner of our state and beyond, I am touched and energized by the generosity of our alumni and donors,” UT System President Randy Boyd said. “These extraordinary philanthropic contributions translate into even more positive momentum as we work toward making this the greatest decade in UT history.”

Giving totals are a compilation of gifts from each campus and institute. Individually, UT Chattanooga surpassed $10 million, UT Health Science Center, $17.2 million, UT Knoxville surpassed $239.6 million, UT Institute of Agriculture $24.8 million, UT Martin $16.5 million and UT Southern $4.9.

The Foundation’s mission is to raise financial, public and political support for the University of Tennessee. A nonprofit corporation, the Foundation helps meet the needs of the University by augmenting state and institutional funds, and enriching the lives of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

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