About TUFF

The University Financing Foundation

While the commitment of an educator is steadfast, the world of financing and delivering facilities and equipment has vastly changed.  What was once a straightforward process no longer is—filled with unforeseen challenges, costly delays, and a host of opinions urging vastly different theories.

The successful delivery of a facility takes more than brokers or bankers. It takes a true partner who’s been there before with the experience, connections, and capacity to help identify and avoid the pitfalls, and ultimately help institutions deliver on their promise.

The University Financing Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization created specifically to provide both counsel and execution ability to institutions of education and research. Since its incorporation in 1982, TUFF has financed over $800 million in 33 projects across the country and made over $8 million in charitable donations to institutions and other foundations.

TUFF is not an investment bank but develops strategy like investment bankers.  TUFF is not a commercial lender but does have capital which it can loan or invest into viable projects.  TUFF is also not a developer, but can work closely with the for-profit development community to utilize the efficiencies of the private sector.  At its core, TUFF is an investment grade non-profit organization whose main purpose is to partner with institutions to maximize the economic efficiency of their critical real estate projects.


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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Student Housing

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Student Housing

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) was in need of additional student housing. UTC assembled a development team but lacked the capability to finance the project.  TUFF was asked...

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With TUFF, I am able to have a trusted ally with me as I deliberate with the State.

Albany Technical College
Anthony Parker, President
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