Z | 2018 | The Impact of Big Orange Give – Big Orange Give

Jada Blackwell


6,455 donors

$2.14 million raised

1,026 first-time donors

460 student donors

Donors to the 2018 Big Orange Give supported 142 different scholarship funds. That included need-based and merit-based scholarships as well as campus-wide and unit-specific scholarship funds.


4,999 donors

$1.45 million raised

1,629 first-time donors

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.


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!