Are you up for the challenge?

If we raise $1.5 million, Charlie and Moll Anderson will give an additional $500,000 to help us meet our goal of $2 million!

The Impact of the 2017 Big Orange Give

Writing Center

Jim and Judi Herbert challenged the UT community to raise $500,000 during Big Orange Give. In return, they promised to give $500,000 to the UT Writing Center.  The community exceeded the goal, and the Herbert’s gift has revolutionized writing instruction at UT.

Watch this video to learn how their challenge gift during Big Orange Give led them to name the Herbert College of Agriculture.


4,162 donors

$1.52 million raised

649 first-time donors

VOLstarter, the university’s crowdfunding site, saw a 121% increase in the amount of money raised during Big Orange Give.  Three projects were fully funded, including a project for UT senior Payton Miller to pay for paint and supplies to create amazing, original designs on The Rock before each football game.


4,103 donors

$1.46 million raised

946 first-time donors

Alumni Board Chairman Clay Jones offered a true match for the first time during Big Orange Give. Clay matched every gift up to $100 for a total of $10,000. His investment matched 128 gifts that totaled $26,751 and were directed to 43 different UT funds.


1,566 donors

$766,330 raised

327 first-time donors

Big Orange Give raised more than $19,000 for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, helping to establish the Band Service Scholarship, which awards a scholarship to every member of the Pride. The scholarship amount increases each year the student is a member.


1,630 donors

$250,105 raised

273 first-time donors

Only 54 hours into the campaign, donor support pushed us over the top of our original goal. We were awed when the new $175,000 goal was met less than 48 hours later. When our first Big Orange Give came to an end, the final tally hit $250,105–double our original goal!