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Alumni and Friends

Today’s Choices Shape Tomorrow’s Opportunities

Important Year-End Information

As an alumnus and friend of the College of Communication and Information, you understand and appreciate the value of your UT experience and the opportunities it affords you. We strive to make those same opportunities available to today’s students.

Unfortunately tuition and fees alone do not enable us to keep pace with the education required to prepare students for careers in the rapidly changing and converging fields of communication and information. But, that’s where you can help.

With a gift of support, regardless of the amount, you are making a thoughtful and valuable choice--to invest in the lives of our students and the future. Your contributions enable us to continue to support promising students, exceptional faculty and distinctive programs.

We invite you to consider these ways of shaping tomorrow’s opportunities.

Gifts of Cash 
This is one of the most popular ways of investing in the college. Donors receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction and can designate the gift to a particular program, scholarship or project. There is no minimum dollar amount. In addition, many companies and corporations will match the gifts made by their employees or associates—multiplying the benefits of a gift to the college.

Funding an endowment is another opportunity to invest. Endowment funding is vital to the support of chairs and professorships, scholarships, programs, and other enhancements to the academic experience in the College of Communication and Information. Moreover, endowed funds are perpetual gifts—linking past, current and future generation. They enable us to make commitments far into the future knowing that resources to meet those commitments will continue to be available. A gift of $25,000 or more can create an endowment honoring the donor or anyone the donor specifies. It can be funded with a one time commitment or over a number of years—building to full endowment.

Bequests are another way to make the college the beneficiary of a specific dollar amount, property, or a percentage of the total estate. By naming the college in a will, the donor may save on inheritance and estate taxes and help ensure a thriving future for the college.

Gifts of Property
Additional tax benefits may be received from a gift to the college of securities, real estate, or other property that has appreciated in value. The full value of the property is generally deductible, and the donor does not pay capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, Pooled Income Funds and gifts of a remainder interest are other investment vehicles that benefit the donor and the college.

To learn more about the opportunities above and other ways you can become involved, please contact Mark Geller, the CCI Director of Development, by phone (865-974-3211) or e-mail ( We would enjoy talking with you about your UT experience and the college today.