TSU Foundation

Promoting and Supporting the University's Development and Goals

TSU TowerThe Tennessee State University Foundation is the official charitable organization authorized to accept private contributions for Tennessee State University. Established in 1970, the mission of the Tennessee State University Foundation is to promote and support literary, scientific, educational, scholarship, research, charitable and development purposes and goals at Tennessee State University.

The foundation is designated as a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is therefore authorized to issue tax-deductible receipts for charitable donations received to support Tennessee State University. Gift acknowledgements are mailed out promptly for all contributions received.

The foundation is managed by an independent board of trustees comprised of alumni, business and community leaders who have affection for Tennessee State University and are committed to its vision for the future. The responsibility of the board is to acquire, manage, and administer foundation funds to support the university.

Gifts given to the Foundation are used as the donor advises through accounts set up in the foundation. The majority of contributions are restricted for scholarships, colleges, and specific departments. Unrestricted funds provide flexibility to support the university’s most immediate needs.

The TSU Foundation adheres to FASB and IRS regulations. The foundation is audited annually by the State of Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury as a component unit of Tennessee State University.

Through the support of generous alumni and friends, TSU is able to fulfill its commitment of providing top-quality affordable education to our student.


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