Leadership Tennessee relies on the support of our Members and Friends to help
achieve our mission and realize our vision

Members and Friends can support our programs in a variety of ways: supporting the Scholarship Fund, becoming a Corporate Partner or Sponsor and/or by supporting the Five Year Anniversary Celebration Fund. 



As an initiative of the College of Leadership & Public Service at Lipscomb University, all payments made to Leadership Tennessee are processed by and through Lipscomb University. Lipscomb is a non-profit organization and therefore all gifts given to Leadership Tennessee are tax deductible. Information collected during the payment process will be used to issue a giving statement for tax purposes. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. 



Gifts to the Scholarship Fund provide assistance for eligible Signature Program class members. The Signature Program fee is $3,500 and scholarships range from $1,000 to $1,750 depending on the needs of each recipient. Donors to the Scholarship Fund will be recognized as a Scholarship Fund supporter in the Annual Report.

Scholarship Fund Giving Levels:

  • $250
  • $500
  • $1,000
  • $1,750
  • $3,500


Corporate Partners support Leadership Tennessee by committing to sustained funding of Leadership Tennessee operations and programs of at least $10,000 per year for three years. Partners are recognized in all Leadership Tennessee materials, including the annual report and website, and have the opportunity to attend Signature Program events. Partners at this level will receive a participant fee waiver of $3500 per year of the three year commitment should a qualified candidate from their organization be selected to participate in the program. 


Sponsoring organizations support Leadership Tennessee by "hosting" specific sessions or events. Gifts at this level range from $5000 to $10,000 and are one-time gifts per Signature Program year (August - June). Sponsors are recognized in all Leadership Tennessee materials, including the annual report and website. Sponsoring organizations will have the opportunity to address members in attendance at the session they sponsor.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • $10,000 - Session Sponsorship for one of five sessions between September 2017 and May 2018

  • $15,000 - Opening Retreat Sponsorship for August 27-28, 2017

  • $15,000 - Closing Retreat Sponsorship for June 3-4, 2018

  • In-kind Gift - Available for Receptions, Meals, or Transportation during the 2017-2018 Class V Signature Program year

five year anniversary celebration fund

In February 2013 Leadership Tennessee launched as the only statewide convener of leaders representing all geographic regions and many professional sectors in the state. Since that launch, over 170 business, education, government, health, and non-profit leaders have gathered to discuss issues affecting the overall success of the Tennessee. Beginning in August 2017, Leadership Tennessee will celebrate five years of effecting change and creating a voice of action with a series of events, including a speakers series, members-only events, statewide service opportunities, and a celebratory gala with presentation of the Inaugural Leadership Tennessee Excellence in Leadership Award.

As a Five Year Anniversary Celebration Fund (5YAC) contributor, you and/or your organization commit to contributing to one of the levels of giving below. As a 5YAC supporter, you or your organization will be recognized as a 5YAC supporter in all Leadership Tennessee materials supporting 5YAC events.

5YAC Giving Levels:

  • $1,000 -  Tri-Star Friend 
  • $2,500 - Tri-Star Benefactor 
  • $5,000 - Tri-Star Champion

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