Tibbals Challenge to Friends and Alumni


Advancement // July 16, 2015

A Knoxville couple has issued a fundraising challenge to Freed-Hardeman University, its friends and alumni. Howard and Janice Tibbals have committed $400,000 to FHU and challenged other donors to match their gift. In addition, two members of the Board of Trustees have added $150,000 to the challenge, bringing the total to $550,000.

The Tibbals Challenge runs from June 1, 2015, through May 31, 2016. Gifts requested by phonathon or direct mail and new or increased gifts to the unrestricted annual fund count toward the challenge. Annual fund gifts include scholarships, the annual Benefit Dinner, the Bible Teaching Fund and the Lectureship Fund.  A gift is considered “new” if the donor did not give to the university in the previous fiscal year. In the case of donors who give more than they did last year, the difference in the gifts is counted as an “increase.”

Howard Tibbals is the son of the late Charles Tibbals, a former member of the FHU Board of Trustees. In 1988, the estate of Charles Tibbals provided a gift of more than $2.3 million to the university. At the time, it was the largest gift in the history of the school. That gift continues to benefit current students. It helped to provide technology and learning space for the library and Tibbals Scholarships are given annually to students in the College of Business.

“We appreciate the continued interest and generosity of the Tibbals family,” FHU President Joe Wiley said. “That gift from 1988 has made a difference in the lives of many students.”

FHU Vice President of Advancement Dave Clouse urged friends and alumni to increase their giving to help the university meet the challenge. “If we meet this goal, the result will be $1.1 million toward the university’s annual budget,” he said. “We can’t let this opportunity pass us by.”

To help meet the challenge, contact Clouse at dclouse@fhu.edu or 731-989-6017.