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Institutional Information: Development

Descriptive Material for Grant Proposals



(Note:  The example below is adapted from the UT Development Office’s website; however, the specific development narrative should fit the project and UT’s goals.


The University of Tennessee, one of the premier public institutions in the country, meets many of its building, teaching, and research goals through its Office of Development.  UT is experiencing steady growth in its statewide fundraising efforts as a direct result of the Campaign for Tennessee, the University’s campaign to raise $1 Billion and has reached 77% of the goal.  More than $63 million has been received since the official public campaign launch in April, bringing the total to $76, 531,811.  This is the most ambitious effort in UT’s history, and the campaign provides resources to enhance programs of excellence at all campuses and institutes.   Private giving at UT allows for programs to develop and grow, even when faced with statewide budget cuts that affect all state colleges and universities.  The campaign seeks support for initiatives that impact research, economic development, outreach, and globalization goals.  

Campaign priorities include endowed scholarships and professorships, chairs of excellence, new and enhanced facilities, and other innovative faculty and student programs.  Since the campaign began, more than $140 million in private funds has gone to support undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships.  Several gifts of more than $1 million have been received recently benefiting scholarships or other programs. Through the UT Knoxville Annual Giving Program, donors provide flexible gifts that allow campus leaders to keep the university at the forefront of advanced research and learning.  

As indicated by the attached letter(s) of support, the College of ____________________ commits to the long-term perpetuation of this project by making funding and facilities available in the out-years beyond the terms of the ____ grant.

Scott Rabenold is the Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Affairs, and can be reached by e-mail at srabenold@utk.edu  or by phone at (865) 974-9557.