College of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I give?

People give to the College of Education for different reasons. Some are proud of being an education alum and, some give because they want Tech to remain one of the greatest education colleges in the nation. Others support the college because they recognize that their education was supported by others giving, and they feel a responsibility and desire to support current students. Some give because they want the college to improve, and to become an even better school for current students.

Many of our alumni benefited from donors before them, and today’s students benefit more. You don’t have to make a huge gift, but we hope you will give something to voice your support for the College of Education’s efforts to engage, empower, and educate the next generation of educators.

Student tuition and fees cover only 27% of Tennessee Tech’s operating budget. Without generous donors, Tech could not be consistently ranked as a top public university, top regional university in the South, and a university whose graduates leave with the least amount of debt.

Can I support my department?

Yes! Absolutely. You can specify if you want your gift to benefit a specific department, or the college as a whole.

I work at Tech. Why should I give back?

As a Tennessee Tech employee, you commit yourself every day to making Tech a more vital institution. At the same time, your financial contributions allow Tech to continue its mission and vision for years to come. Whatever the reason and whatever your designation, your employee gift to the university speaks volumes about your belief in Tech as a place for philanthropic investment and shows your pride in our institution.

Making a gift helps enhance the quality of the university’s programs. As an employee, you can direct your gift to the college, department, or the TTU Annual Fund of your choice through a payment option that works best for you, including payroll deduction.

There are several convenient payment options—simply choose the one that is best for you. In addition to the typical ways to give through check or credit card, employees can set up a regular payroll deduction. Payroll deduction is an easy, convenient way to spread your gift over multiple, ongoing payments. Click on the link to go to our payroll deduction page and download a contribution form.

Monthly payroll deduction adds up:

$2.09 per mo. = $25 gift per year

$4.17 per mo. = $50 gift per year

$8.34 per mo. = $100 gift per year

$20.84 per mo. = $250 gift per year

$41.64 per mo. = $500 gift per year

$83.34 per mo. = $1,000 gift per year

Stock Gifts

A gift of stock or securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.) typically involves publicly traded shares, such as those traded on the major exchanges and over the counter, as well as most mutual funds. Gifts of restricted stock and privately held stock, though more complex, are also possible.

Your gift of securities can provide you with significant tax and financial benefits, such as bypassing capital gains taxes and providing a valuable income tax deduction. Both effectively reduce the cost of making your gift.

For more information, please contact John W. Smith at 931-372-6338 or at

Estate Giving

Learn how to earn income, pay fewer taxes, secure your retirement, enhance your net estate, create a personal legacy, or get more from your real estate. Visit the Estate/Deferred gifts website or contact Mr. Tiff Rector at or 931-372-3055 for more information.

Employer Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. If your company offers such a program, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Tech may be doubled or possibly tripled by participating in a matching gift program. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Alumni Participation Rate

A gift of any size goes a long way! The alumni participation rate is the percentage of alumni giving to Tennessee Tech versus total alumni. The percentage of alumni who support Tech is a benchmark indicator of alumni satisfaction in rankings like U.S. News & World Report. When corporations or foundations consider giving to Tech, they often ask about participation in giving. A high participation rate of alumni giving shows a commitment from those who are close to Tech.

Corporations and foundations are encouraged when alumni and others show a vote of confidence by making annual gifts. By giving to Tech and helping to increase alumni participation, you increase Tech’s ranking and increase the value of your degree. As Tech gains esteem as a leading university, so do its alumni.