Baylor University Celebrates a Landmark Year of Fundraising in the Give Light Campaign – Baylor University | Region & Cash

Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., President of Baylor University joins members of the Baylor family in celebrating the Give Light campaign’s initial fundraising goal of $1.1 billion at an event at the Football Hall of Fame from Chick-fil-A College in Atlanta. (Robert Rogers/Baylor University)

The university exceeds the original campaign goal of $1.1 billion in FY22 while demonstrating continued progress in scholarship, faculty endowments and capital priorities

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WACO, Texas (July 14, 2022) – Baylor University today announced another significant year of fundraising for Baylor University Give Light campaign, with more than $172.9 million raised in fiscal year 2022 (FY22). The announcement comes at the end of an academic year in which the university also celebrated exceeding $1.1 billion in total donations for Give Light, the university’s fundraising campaign designed to support the priorities and aspirations of Baylor’s strategic plan . Enlighten. More than 85,000 alumni, parents and friends have donated to the Give Light campaign, with Baylor celebrating the fourth consecutive year of increasing alumni participation.

“Baylor University is truly blessed by the generous alumni, parents, friends and organizations who support our mission and our students through donations to the Give Light campaign,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “The 2021-2022 academic year was marked by many milestones – from our ahead of all projections designation as a Research 1 institution, to our announcement in February of our original goal of $1.1 billion in donations through them achieve campaign. Each of our accomplishments is tied to the generous support of our Baylor family. Your donation to advance Baylor and our Christian mission has enabled us to set and achieve bold goals to create a bright future for this institution and our students.”

The university continues to celebrate one of the most successful fundraising years in its history.

In February, shortly after the university was named a Research 1 University by the Carnegie Classification of Universities, the university announced a fundraising exceeded the original campaign goal of $1.1 billion. This significant achievement marked the campaign as the largest and most successful fundraiser in the university’s 177-year history.

Invest in the future

Also in FY22, four academic units and two key departments within the university exceeded their original fundraising goals set in the earliest stages of the Give Light campaign: Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, University Libraries, Baylor Law School, School of Music, Baylor Athletics and college life.

“We are celebrating the incredible success we have seen at Baylor University in fiscal year 2022,” said Baylor Vice President of Advancement David Rosselli. “It has been humbling to see our alumni, parents and friends grasp the vision of what Baylor will become: a Christian college that remains true to its Christian foundation while conducting research, teaching and innovation at the highest level. The Give Light campaign has been a wonderful vehicle for our Baylor family to discover the many faculty, programs, and research opportunities to invest in for the future of this institution, which benefits our students and supports solid academic experiences while they while also paving the way for generations of Baylor students.”

The university created 112 new endowment scholarships in fiscal year 2022, providing significant support to students and their Baylor travel. An additional 47 new endowment funds have been created to support academic programs, student life projects, research and other programs that enhance the Baylor experience.

New endowed professorships, professorships

Fundraising for the priorities of Enlighten is continued through the Give Light campaign. With the successful completion of the Encourage academic challengeThe university announced that 14 new endowed chairs were created Enlighten Chair Matching Program. The new matching program aims to build on the success of the Foster Academic Challenge and create new endowed faculty chairs through similarly matched donations to meet faculty needs in priority areas within the university.

through the Enlighten Chair Matching Program, three additional endowed chairs were created to support key initiatives: Truett’s William J. Abraham Endowed Chair, The Jim and Sharon Harrod Endowed Chair of Christian Thought, and The Tim and Sharalynn Fenn Family Chair in Materials Science. An additional five endowed chairs and professorships were created to support faculty research and teaching at Baylor Law School, the Hankamer School of Business, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the first endowed professorship at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing.

The Give Light campaign continues with priorities focused on expanding the university’s endowment endowment to provide ongoing support for faculty, research and student grants. Additional funding priorities include expanding the academic enterprise and equipping academic departments to enable growth in academic focus areas: health; data science; materials science; Human flourishing, leadership and ethics; and Baylor in Latin America. Fundraising for the completion of the Hurd Welcome Center, Foster Pavilion and Fudge Football Development Center will also continue as these facilities take shape. The campaign also includes ongoing funds for emergencies and to improve student services and student life.

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Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution 1. The university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 19,000 students by combining interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship . Founded in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. Based in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a wide range of degrees in its 12 nationally recognized academic departments.

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