Impact of Giving
Texas A&M receives less than a quarter of its total budget from state appropriations. It is likely this percentage will decrease over time, making the Foundation’s role increasingly vital. State funds typically cover only basic salaries for faculty, so A&M relies on private support to recruit and retain its most deserving faculty. At the same time, some of the brightest high school students can’t afford tuition without scholarships, and new construction rarely occurs without private support.
Our goal is to ensure that Texas A&M grows in stature and that more Aggies follow their dreams. Raising funds for Texas A&M through a separate nonprofit foundation like ours has multiple benefits: we can be more flexible in our investments to increase our earnings; we ensure that funds are used for the purposes designated by the donor; and we respect donors’ privacy by keeping personal giving and financial records confidential.
Gifts from former students, corporations, foundations and others in large part determine the future of this great university. The Foundation invites you to choose exactly how your gifts will advance Texas A&M:
- Student Impact―If you choose to fund undergraduate scholarships or graduate fellowships, you can structure these gifts according to your wishes. You may want to help Aggies in special situations―those who are first-generation college students, educationally disadvantaged or have urgent financial needs. You may prefer to assist Aggies who show exceptional academic promise, regardless of financial need, or those who are studying in a particular department or college.
- Faculty Impact―You can create a gift to inspire faculty research and teaching through a faculty chair, professorship or fellowship. Gifts like these attract superior professors who in turn lure the best students. You may prefer to fund a teaching award to acknowledge A&M’s best faculty members.
- College Impact―You may direct your gift to a specific A&M college, department or unit, such as the Department of Student Activities. Deans or department heads earmark such funds for academic priorities and needs. You may also support building construction, equipment purchases or a lecture series.
- Spirit Impact―Many choose to fund programs that build Aggie Spirit through activities that occur outside the classroom. These include scholarships based on participation in certain groups, such as the Corps of Cadets or Rodeo Team. Others fund leadership development or student programs such as Fish Camp, Big Event or CARPOOL.
The choice is yours.