Major Gifts

Establishing Your Legacy with Memphis Athletics

Alumni and friends who contribute to Memphis Athletics do so with unparalleled passion and spirit. Establishing a named fund creates an opportunity to promote your passion and provide a strong foundation for Memphis Athletics’ long term future, while honoring family, friends, colleagues, businesses or those who have passed away. These established funds (such as Capital Projects or Endowments) are instrumental to our future success!

Private philanthropy has become essential to support our department and its mission to be recognized as a vital contender in the area of intercollegiate athletics. It is particularly important in the past few years as the proportion of the operating budget supported through other sources of revenue, such as state support continues to shrink or fluctuate. Your generous gifts help to sustain our support of student-athletes and programs as part of a vibrant, thriving university and community.


You may choose from the following options to make a commitment or establish a named fund. In all cases, your commitment may be pledged over a period of years.

Capital Campaigns

Permanently Endowed Named Funds

Planned and Estate Gifts



Memphis has a long tradition of athletic excellence. The future has unlimited potential for greatness, however the foundation to that path must be laid today to attain and sustain future accomplishments.  We currently have the ability to mold our reputation, tradition and nation-wide image for the future primarily through athletics. What we do today will impact the community of Memphis and our athletics’ department forever. We want to provide the means for success immediately, while providing future Tigers with resources to sustain and enhance our accomplishments.

You aren’t just giving our student-athletes resources; you’re giving them the opportunity to succeed inside the classroom, on the playing field and within the community after graduation. We believe all student-athletes who commit to wearing the Blue and Gray should be afforded every possible opportunity to propel Memphis and the community onto the national stage and compete for championships.

Each gift option is unique, and different for your situation. There are gifts that are available immediately for use by Memphis Athletics, pledges that will be paid over a period of years, and gifts made through various deferred giving plans that will be realized by the department in future years. Some arrangements even allow you to contribute assets while retaining the right to receive income.

Gifts That Will Make a Difference Today

Outright Gifts of Cash or Appreciated Securities

Pledges of Cash or Appreciated Securities

Matching Gifts

Outright Gifts of Real Estate

Personal Property

Gifts of Equipment, Inventory, Services, Food or Other Assets (Gifts-In-Kind)

Charitable Lead Trust

Gift Plans That Create Opportunities for the Future

Charitable Bequests Through a Will or Trust

IRAs and Other Qualified Plans

Life Insurance

Retained Life Estate

Gifts that Create an Income for You Today and Provide for Memphis Tomorrow

A life income gift allows you to contribute assets to the Memphis Foundation while retaining an income. One of the key benefits is the reduction or bypass of capital gains, allowing the full value of the asset to generate income for you or others and eventually support your area of choice within Memphis Athletics. Life income gifts can be structured to fit a variety of needs, including a choice of a fixed income or a market-sensitive income. The two main types of life income gifts are charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities. Each has a different use and tax result.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts

Charitable Remainder Unitrusts

Charitable Gift Annuity

For more information, please contact the Memphis Athletics Development office at (901) 678-2334.