The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series receives numerous
requests each year for donations to area schools, organizations and
other non-profit associations and causes. Whenever possible, SMU is
pleased to donate tickets to a Tate lecture to demonstrate our
continuing support of local communities. There are certain guidelines
set by the SMU Board of Trustees regarding requests for donations.
Please familiarize yourself with these guidelines prior to submitting
By resolution on the SMU Board of Trustees, we are restricted in the
types of non-profit organizations we support. We support educational
institutions and programs, including the parent associations of
preschools and elementary, middle and high schools.
In addition, we process Auction requests twice annually, and the
timing of your request and/or event may fall outside of our calendar.
For your information, requests for tickets for fall events must be
received by September 15, and for spring events by January 10.
Should your Auction Donation Request be approved, the Tate Staff will
notify your organization in writing. A certificate will be provided to
the Auction Chair for display at the event. It is then the
responsibility of the purchaser of the auction item to contact the Tate
Staff at SMU by the deadline specified on the certificate to claim their
item. The item outlined on the certificate is very specific and only
valid for the event stated.
Should you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please
contact the Tate Office at (214) 768-8283. We appreciate your interest
in The SMU Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, and wish you
every success in your upcoming events.