Give to CIS

We serve business and government to improve the lives of Tennesseans.

Please support our mission:

CIS investment opportunities include the Made in Tennessee Fund, Endowments, Sponsorships and the CIS Gift Fund.

The UT CIS Gift Fund supports  helps advance and support UTCIS programs and activities that fall outside or beyond existing budgets.  Examples include program development, student recognition, and employee appreciation events.  Your gift can be tailored to support specific initiatives that are important to you. 

The Made in Tennessee Fund advances and celebrates Tennessee manufacturers.  Your gift supports the Made in Tennessee website, videos, events and communications that lift up the importance of manufacturing to our country and state.   

Click here to support the Next Generation Manufacturing Leadership Fund. Your investment means that we will introduce more students to career opportunities in manufacturing, fund faculty and student projects with Tennessee companies, and help smaller firms connect with student interns to solve real-life manufacturing problems.  We will continue to advocate for manufacturing careers and develop future leaders.  And, we will keep manufacturing in Tennessee.

The David Patterson Future Manufacturing Leaders Endowment promotes manufacturing as a career choice.  Your gift supports student experiences and activities, including internships, capstone projects and Manufacturing Day events.

The Industrial Fellowship Program Endowment promotes manufacturing as a research and service topic for faculty and students.  Your gift supports faculty and student work on actual manufacturing challenges, leading to innovative solutions.

The Philip Trauernicht Memorial Scholarship for Rural Leaders expands professional development opportunities for economic developers.  Your gift supports tuition and related costs for participation in the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course. 

The Thomas and Diane Ballard Economic Growth and Innovation Endowment promotes economic vitality for Tennessee communities and businesses.  Your gift supports UTCIS initiatives to develop innovative solutions and services in economic development and entrepreneurship.

Sponsorships provide an opportunity for your organization to partner with UT CIS to present training and networking events, sponsor a particular program, and reach a specific audience.  Naming rights are available.


To discuss these and other investment opportunities, contact Paul Jennings, Executive Director (615-532-8887,