Frequently Asked Questions

Checks or other gifts sent by U.S. Mail should be addressed to:

UT Foundation
Advancement Services
1525 University Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37921 

If your question is not answered below, please contact us at or 865-974-9557.

Foundation Tax ID #: 62-1844686

DTC Number: 8862

Foundation Tax ID #: 62-1844686

Gifts of publicly traded stock or other securities are received electronically by the UT Foundation through our broker, BNY Mellon. Your broker initiates the transfer from your account to the UT Foundation BNY Mellon account. Stocks are liquidated by BNY Mellon, and gifts are credited to your account when the stock proceeds are received. A receipt will be issued by the UT Foundation Gift Records department when the gift is posted.

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The University of Tennessee strives to follow the below rights for donors as developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board,

and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful, and forthright answers.

Adopted in 1993 · Copyright AFP, AHP, CASE, Giving Institute 2015 · All Rights Reserved

Gifts to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are processed by the UT Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is the preferred channel for all private contributions that benefit students and faculty at the University of Tennessee. Learn more.