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This year’s Campus Chest campaign is under way, and UT employees are encouraged to donate to various charitable organizations in East Tennessee.

After exceeding last year’s goal of $605,000 by $15,000, the campaign challenges UT employees to band together and raise $610,000 by November 1.

The goal is set based on the amount of donations received the previous year and several other factors such as faculty and staff pay raises.

The campaign focuses on giving to social or health-related charities that directly benefit Tennessee or Knoxville. Campus Chest partners with United Way of Greater Knoxville and Community Shares, but employees can donate to any charitable organization that meets the requirements listed at

Many UT employees have specific agencies they support for personal reasons, said Brian Browning, director of administrative and support services for finance and administration. Others choose to donate to United Way or Community Shares so their money can be used wherever it is needed. A full 100 percent of each donation to Campus Chest goes directly to the organization of the employee’s choice.

Employees can choose to make donations through payroll deduction, cash, or check. Next year, an online payment option may be available.

“We’re always trying to improve,” Browning said.

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