Profile – Shane Searcey

Shane Searcey

Profile – Shane Searcey

Director of Annual Giving
UT Chattanooga

My position includes…

Designing and implementing annual giving programs to increase private support to UTC. Some of the programs I work with include our faculty and staff campaign, college annual funds, Telefund, LaunchUTC crowdfunding and online giving.

Like most advancement efforts, annual giving is an art and a science. I get to create and measure every day at my desk, all while enjoying the beautiful views of the Scenic City with my amazing colleagues at the University of Chattanooga Foundation.

To understand what I do, you must understand …

That the number one reason donors don’t give is they don’t get asked!

I advance the mission of the university by…

Building relationships with donors by inspiring them to get on board with our philanthropy efforts at UTC, and sharing with them the impact their support has made on our campus.

If I was gifted with a secret power it would be…

Communicating with my dogs.

I start my day by…

Making my bed.

My bucket list includes…

A trip to Berlin and a Waffle House franchise.

My theme song is…

“Lift Yourself” by Kanye West.

I learned the meaning of giving from…

My parents, Max and Patty. They have always been super involved in their community and they are continuously working to make things better.