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Support the Center

Unrestricted gifts from individual donors and charitable organizations will help the UT Humanities Center to be self-sustaining, continuing our vital work of supporting and promoting research in arts and humanities fields at the University of Tennessee. Gifts also help us to support and host interdisciplinary work between the humanities and other areas of study, such as digital media studies and big data analysis, health and medicine, environmental studies, law, and the social sciences. We are grateful for your support!

Gifts to The Tennessee Humanities Center Endowment are unrestricted and will enable the Center to offer its most important and fundamental research programs, including its research fellowships, seminars, and manuscript review program. The fund allows us to update our space needs and is also used to provide Center-related compensation for UT Humanities Center administration and staff. Donors to this fund are supporting the long-term mission of the Humanities Center.


Unrestricted gifts to the UTHC provide funding for short-term strategic priorities and may also qualify for College of Arts and Sciences and University gift society levels. All gifts are vital to the health of the Center, from continuous giving of small amounts from payroll as low as $10/month to larger gifts that fully sustain our programming.

The Center seeks gifts of $10,000 or more to establish ongoing support for programs crucial to sustaining cutting-edge humanities research at UT and sustain our core research programs. Donors at this level become members of the Director’s Circle.

Donate to the Tennessee Humanities Center Endowment

Gifts to the Enrichment Fund provide unrestricted support and secure the Center’s ability to respond to emerging ideas and needs within the humanities. Some examples of initiatives and activities your annual gift will help sustain include:

  • Ongoing public and campus discussions such as book and film discussion series
  • Support for undergraduate humanities initiatives
  • One-time public event synergies with local and regional arts organizations
  • Cross-campus research collaborations and events.

Donate to the Humanities Center Enrichment Fund

To honor UTHC Founding Director Thomas J.A. Heffernan and his many contributions to the University of Tennessee, a fund has been established to support humanities graduate students’ academic pursuits, such as, but not limited to, graduate internships in the Humanities Center, dissertation workshops, and expenses related to research.

Donors giving to this fund support the best arts and humanities scholarship at the University of Tennessee and contribute to vital investigation of the ethical, artistic, historical, and philosophical issues important to our world.

Donate to the Thomas J.A. Heffernan Fund

The income from this fund is used to provide awards for faculty members or graduate students to focus on research and publication while participating in the Humanities Center at the University of Tennessee. It also provides research travel awards for both faculty and graduate-student fellows.

The endowment is named for Dr. Stuart Riggsby, formerly Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a distinguished biochemist who was a great supporter of the humanities at UT.

Donate to the Stuart Riggsby Humanities Support Endowment

The UT Humanities Center could not fulfill its mission were it not for support from our friends and fellows. Your gifts sustain a community passionate about ideas and engaged in research that will help to enlighten and improve our communities and our world.

There are many ways to support the Center, many of which do not involve making an immediate cash gift. For example, you might consider writing the Humanities Center into your estate plans, making a pledge, transferring stock, or donating an honorarium.

Establishing endowments for key positions in the humanities stabilizes the Center’s operations for the future and allows us to recognize research excellence among our arts and humanities faculty.

The Center seeks endowments of $100,000 or more to enhance our research and public programming.

For information about ways that you can give to the UTHC, contact our Development Officer, Holly Jackson-Sullivan.

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