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Join In the Big Orange Give


Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are doing research, making discoveries, and involved in innovative programs that can change the world.

We also are making improvements to our academic operation and our campus as part of our quest to become a Top 25 public research university.

We invite you to invest in our efforts during the Big Orange Give, an ambitious fundraising drive that will take place November 4 through 9. Our goal: raise $125,000 in 125 hours.

Whether you can contribute a few dollars or make a major gift, your donations will help us become a better university. As our status increases, so does the value of every UT diploma—past, present, and future.

Be looking for social media messages about the Big Orange Give. We’ll also post daily videos featuring UT “celebrities” who have volunteered to lead off the day’s fundraising with their own gifts.

You can give online at and follow the campaign’s progress throughout the week.

Your donations may be targeted toward specific colleges or departments—even specific student projects through the Impact Big Ideas program.

Impact Big Ideas is a crowd-funding effort that allows individuals to make donations toward a variety of selected student projects that need funding of $10,000 or less. The projects are reviewed and chosen by a committee of students and staff based on their social impact, feasibility, quality, and the overall commitment to the fundraising process. Each project is posted on the website until it’s fully funded. Then it rotates off and new project takes its place.

Impact Big Ideas is a great example of how every donation makes a difference by making student outreach, service, and other experiences possible.