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In its fifth year, UT’s Big Orange Family Campaign took an unexpected leap, increasing participation by 7 percent to reach 59 percent of faculty and staff members giving to UT.

That participation figure is 5 percent above the ambitious goal of 54 percent set by the campaign committee and represents a record number of faculty and staff donors to the university.

“I am so appreciative of the support of our faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Beverly Davenport. “They exemplify the Volunteer difference with their generosity and make a positive impact on the lives of our current and future students.”

Donors can designate their gifts to any college, department, program, scholarship, or established gift fund they choose.

Some of the largest participation growth in the campaign was by Facilities Services employees. Their overall giving rate jumped to more than 52 percent.

Thirty-five departments and units had 100 percent participation (see list below). Another 16 departments and units had over 90 percent participation.

“The campaign committee thought 54 percent was a stretch goal, but the campus community crushed that goal. It was thrilling to see the outpouring of support for our institution,” said Lauren Herbstritt, director of new media fundraising. “I am so honored to work with more than 160 volunteers who made this campaign a success.”

The campaign was supported with a short video, Better Together, showing the strength of the campus community.

The following departments and units had 100 percent participation:

  • Center for Health Education and Wellness
  • Center for Student Engagement
  • Communications and Marketing—Office of Video and Photography
  • College of Arts and Sciences—Department of Classics
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences and Vols Teach
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—Department of Public Health
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—Center for Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—IT Support and Communications
  • College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences—Postsecondary Education Research Center
  • College of Social Work—Nashville Campus Office
  • Facilities Services—Air Conditioning Services
  • Facilities Services—Arena, Custodial Services, Athletics
  • Facilities Services—Lock and Key
  • Facilities Services—Plumbing Services
  • Haslam College of Business—Administration; Diversity and Community Relations; Marketing and Public Relations
  • Haslam College of Business—IT Support
  • Haslam College of Business—Department of Graduate and Executive Education
  • Haslam College of Business—Department of Accounting
  • Haslam College of Business—Department of Business Analytics and Statistics
  • Haslam College of Business—Department of Economics
  • Haslam College of Business—Department of Management
  • Haslam College of Business— Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research
  • Haslam College of Business—Undergraduate Programs
  • Office of Conferences and Continuing Education
  • Office of Equity and Diversity
  • Office of Multicultural Student Life
  • Office of New Student and Family Programs
  • Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services
  • Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards
  • Office of Student Media
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Pride Center
  • Rec Sports
  • Student Government Association
  • Thornton Center
  • UT Foundation