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President's Post

Planned Gifts Impact Lead by Example Campaign

By Tyson Voelkel '96

President, Texas A&M Foundation
Tyson Voelkel '96, president of the Texas A&M Foundation.

With under two years remaining to meet the Lead by Example campaign goal of $4 billion for Texas A&M University, I am happy to report that we have raised more than $3.42 billion as of March 1, 2019.

I couldn’t be more proud of what our community of donors has accomplished. No single number or spreadsheet can speak to the lasting impact this campaign has created for Aggie students, faculty, programs and initiatives. We should hope to not just meet but exceed the standard we’ve set for ourselves, especially when we serve others.

With that in mind, I would like to talk about one of the most impactful ways donors have given to this campaign: planned gifts. Planned gifts make up 56 percent of the total funds the Texas A&M Foundation has raised for Lead by Example, and it’s easy to see why. Creating a planned gift allows donors to maximize their impact, customize their method of giving and provide for loved ones. In many cases, individuals also receive tax benefits, generate potential retirement income and hold control of their assets during their lifetimes—all while supporting Texas A&M at the same time. If that weren’t enough, our dedicated planned giving department works with donors personally to simplify the entire process.

When we started the Lead by Example campaign, the Foundation set a goal to raise $1 billion in planned gifts. That’s a hefty number, but we knew this method of giving would appeal to Aggies and friends of Texas A&M who want to ensure the best for our university’s future.

In this issue’s campaign update, we’ve included a few features about donors who have created planned gifts during Lead by Example. They represent a sampling of the hundreds of planned giving donors who have collectively given more than $830 million to the campaign for the future benefit of Texas A&M. As you read their stories, take note of the different methods of giving and consider the change you could create.

If, by the end, you’re interested in making your own planned gift, our gift planning officers will partner with you to articulate your goals and explore opportunities that deliver the greatest benefits—to you, to loved ones and to the ultimate, longtime beneficiary of your generosity: Texas A&M.

Thanks for all you do.