Give to IPS


Join UT Institute for Public Service (IPS) stakeholders in supporting or creating charitable giving opportunities that impact the people, places and programs across Tennessee. Your gifts directly allow IPS to support our agencies as we sustain, grow, and develop programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers and communities. Contact Kristen Davis, IPS development director, at (865) 974-9609 or to support IPS today.

2024 Family Campaign IPS Priority Funds


IPS Employee Appreciation & Assistance 

Recognize and encourage the outstanding work of IPS employees. Live the public service mission by assisting eligible IPS employees experiencing financial hardship due to certain unforeseen and unpreventable circumstances with short-term emergency financial support. 

  • IPS Administrative Office Gifts: Gifts to this fund support staff events and recognition opportunities across IPS. 
  • IPS Employee Assistance Fund: Gifts to this fund assist eligible members of IPS impacted by a financial, health, natural disaster or other life-altering events.  
  • IPS Professional Development Fund: Gifts to this fund support various employee recognition awards, events and initiatives that promote professional development. 
  • Robert S. Hutchison Outstanding Public Service Endowed Award: Gifts to this fund recognize the work of an outstanding IPS full-time exempt staff. 
  • Thomas and Diane Ballard Excellence in Public Service Award: Gifts to this fund supports an annual award in recognition of staff excellence. 

Public Service & Career Internships 

Give deserving students the gift of experiential learning and career development by supporting one of IPS’s internship funds. 

  • Charles & Marie Cardwell Internship: Open to eligible UT Knoxville or UT Chattanooga students pursuing a major related to the public service field. 
  • David Patterson Future Manufacturing Leaders Endowment: Gifts to this fund support CIS initiatives that provide eligible students with experience and knowledge, promoting manufacturing as a career pathway. 
  • Dr. Karen Holt Internship Endowment: Named in memory of Dr. Karen Holt, who served as assistant vice president of IPS, gifts to this fund promote diversity in public service by supporting salary and associated costs related to recruiting and supporting IPS internships for eligible UT students. 
  • Gary H. Hensley Municipal Management Internship Endowment: Named in memory of Gary H. Hensley, city manager serving Maryville for 28 years. Gifts to this fund support salary and associated costs related to supporting municipal internships for eligible graduate students. 
  • The Made in Tennessee Fund: Gifts to this fund celebrate and advance manufacturing in Tennessee. Gifts support student internships, capstone projects, faculty and student research, and other activities supporting the future of manufacturing in Tennessee. 
  • Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) and the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) Internship Endowment: This fund was established by the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund and the Tennessee County Services Loan Program to support interns and internship expenses for interns placed in city and county governments in Tennessee. 
  • Paula Muscatello, Bill Rodgers Local Government Internship Endowment: Named in memory of Paula Muscatello, wife of retired MTAS employee Joe Muscatello, and the late Bill Rodgers, former CTAS consultant. The internship is eligible to UT students pursuing degree(s) related to public service and demonstrating an interest in a career in local government. 
  • Tennessee Municipal Managers Internship Endowment: Gifts to this fund support salary and associated costs related to supporting municipal internships for eligible students.

Scholarships, Continued Education & Leadership Development 

Support educational opportunities for students and IPS customers throughout all stages of their education, career and professional development. 

  • Jim and Marie Murphy Endowed Scholarship: Gifts to this fund support scholarships available for any student attending a UT campus, with preference given for graduate students and student dependents of CTAS employees or members of the County Officials Association of Tennessee (COAT) and CTAS. 
  • Joseph E. Johnson Leaders in Government Scholarship Endowment: This endowment was renamed in 1999 to honor retiring UT President Joseph E. Johnson. This fund promotes the professional growth of established and emerging local and state officials and leaders. Funds support scholarships, enrichment activities and expenses to bring national speakers to local and state government officials. 
  • Mary and Jack Jinks Endowed Scholarship: This endowment funds an academic scholarship for a child or grandchild of an IPS employee or retiree. Eligible participants may attend any UT campus. 
  • Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership Scholarship Gift Fund: Funds support scholarships and expenses related to participation in Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership programs. 
  • NFA Collegiate Scholarship Fund: Gifts to this fund provide financial assistant to students enrolled at the criminal justice program at UT Martin. 
  • Philip Trauernicht Memorial Scholarship for Rural Leaders: Gifts to this fund provide scholarships for the Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC). 

Special Projects & Innovation 

Invest in special projects and initiatives that support excellence and innovation across IPS, with a focus on improving government, industry and economic development, as well as improving organizational and individual capacity. 

  • Bingham Endowment: Herbert J. Bingham was the executive director of the Tennessee Municipal League for 36 years and was responsible for getting MTAS’ enabling legislation passed in 1949. Gifts to this fund provide support for visiting and special consultants and faculty with MTAS and at the annual TML conferences, with a focus on projects of special interest to the cities of Tennessee through MTAS. 
  • Industrial Fellowship Program Endowment: Gifts to this fund promote prosperity and opportunities for Tennessee businesses and industries by helping small businesses to be more competitive, create jobs and contribute to the strength of their communities. The fund supports UT students, faculty and CIS staff working with Tennessee businesses on projects that advance research and competitiveness within their industry. 
  • Kessel Consultant Endowment: Gifts to this fund support short-term, part-time, contract or intern employment opportunities at CTAS to better assist county governments. 
  • Mary & Jack Jinks Innovation and Excellence in Public Service Endowment: Established in 2015 in recognition of more than 33 years of service by Dr. Mary Jinks, retired IPS vice president, this endowment provides a lasting source of funding dedicated to fostering new and innovative programs and services across the institute. 
  • Next Generation Manufacturing Leaders Fund: Your gifts 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, explore manufacturing careers, develop future leaders, and keep manufacturing in Tennessee. 
  • Phil Keith Law Enforcement Innovation Endowment: Gifts to this fund support relevant, innovative and demanding programs required for law enforcement professionals.

IPS Planned Giving

To learn more about planned giving with the institute, visit the gift planning website.