Endowment Level Gift
Endowments guarantee enduring support towards scholarships, research programs, colleges, schools, departments and more, as well as core support to the mission of the University of Tennessee.
An endowment creates a perpetual source of funding, and is a powerful way to support students, faculty and programs. Endowment donations are invested and utilize the earnings to support the area you designate in perpetuity.
Endowments can be created with gifts of cash, securities and other assets, and minimum amounts can be pledged over a number of years. You can add to your endowment, beyond the initial funding level, through lifetime gifts, bequests and beneficiary designations through life insurance or retirement plans.
The minimum gift levels required to establish endowment funds are:
Undergraduate Scholarship: $25,000
Graduate Fellowship: $250,000
Gifts to an endowment are immediately invested in the University of Tennessee Consolidated Investment Pool. The year-to-year change in the value of an individual endowment fund is affected by several factors, including the amount and timing of additional gifts to the fund, market gains and losses, and the amount of disbursements to support the fund’s designated programs.
The fund’s principal remains intact, with a predetermined portion of the income earned used to support your designation. Any remaining earnings are reinvested to continue generating growth of your endowment. Restricted funds are managed at the campus level.
Number of Endowments
as of 06/31/21
2020 — $289,547,270.03
2019 — $247,567,516.94
2018 — $208,517,469.10
2017 — $172,447,459.15
Book Value of Endowments
for 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
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