Increasing Student Burden
Private gifts relieve student financial burden and supplement Texas A&M’s educational budget as state funds continue to decrease and tuition and fees continue to increase.
Tuition and Fees
The percentage of Texas A&M’s budget that is covered by state funds and tuition has held steady throughout the decades at 57 to 59 percent. As state funds decrease, tuition and fees increase to make up the difference. Students now shoulder more than one-third of Texas A&M’s budget, a huge jump from the late 1990s, when tuition comprised only about one-fourth of the budget.
Planned Giving by the Numbers
The Foundation’s Office of Gift Planning helps donors establish after-lifetime and dual-benefit gifts that will aid Texas A&M University and its students in the future. For fiscal year 2016, the Foundation documented $131.6 million in planned gifts, which includes gifts that will be received by the Texas A&M Foundation, The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. From 1999 to 2016, the Foundation has documented more than $1 billion in planned gift expectancies.
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Value of realized gifts during fiscal year 2016
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New Endowments Breakdown
The Foundation prides itself on enhancing the academic experience at Texas A&M University for both students and faculty. Donors who create endowments for scholarships, chairs, professorships and fellowships leave a legacy that enhances Texas A&M’s core mission of providing the highest-quality undergraduate and graduate programs.
Total scholarship and faculty endowments in fiscal year 2016
308Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships
The 62 other endowments include those supporting student organizations, college-based programs and excellence funds, study abroad initiatives and the university libraries, among others.
Gifts Received by Type
- Revocable/Irrevocable Planned Gifts50.66%
- Realized Bequests6.27%
- Retirement Accounts0.37%
- Real Estate0.16%
- Life Insurance0.05%
- Other (Gifts in Kind)0.02%
The majority of gifts received by the Foundation in fiscal year 2016 include current gifts of cash, pledges and revocable or irrevocable planned gifts.
*This total includes cash gifts, future pledge payments at full face value, and revocable and irrevocable planned gifts
The Foundation received more than $110 million in current gifts of cash or pledges and more than $129 million in planned gifts during fiscal year 2016. This total does not include planned gifts that will be received by The Association of Former Students, the 12th Man Foundation and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Realized bequests make up the remaining portion in total dollars received.
*This total includes cash gifts, future pledge payments at full face value, and revocable and irrevocable planned gifts.