Texas A&M Foundation 2017 Annual Report

Welcome to the Texas A&M Foundation’s 2017 annual report.

George K. Hickox and Eddie J. Davis

A Year to Celebrate

At Texas A&M University, we are lucky to have dedicated former students and friends who are committed to ensuring the success of our institution through philanthropy.

Despite market volatility and a difficult few years in the oil and gas sectors, the Foundation provided $90.8 million to the university in fiscal year 2017. The stewardship of your gifts is our greatest responsibility, and we applaud your generosity.

As we continue the Lead by Example campaign—the most ambitious fundraising campaign our university has ever undertaken and the largest ever in the state of Texas—we are thankful for your personal commitment to Texas A&M’s success. With the help of our friends and investors, we have surpassed the $2.79 billion mark in this momentous effort to raise $4 billion by 2020.

Our Office of Gift Planning also experienced a tremendous year, raising 146 planned gifts for a total of $120.3 million. Finally, we are proud to celebrate our endowment performance. Thanks to our investment policies, best-in-class staff, exceptional governance and our dedicated Board of Trustees, the Foundation’s portfolio has achieved an average 7.7 percent annual rate of return over a 15-year period. We pride ourselves on our stewardship of the hard-earned money you entrust us with so that your gifts will have the most profound impact possible in perpetuity through the endowment.

As we look to 2018, we’d like to thank you again for your extraordinary support. We remind you that all gifts are significant, regardless of size, and we challenge you to find a better return on your philanthropic dollar than Texas A&M. With your support, we are leading by example and ensuring that Texas A&M continues to be a leader among institutions of higher education.

T. Randall Cain '82

Chairman of the Board

T. Randall Cain '82

Tyson Voelkel '96


Tyson Voelkel