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Philanthropy at Texas A&M

Presented by Tyson Voelkel ’96

It’s no secret that Texas A&M thrives thanks in part to the steadfast support of its former students and philanthropic partners. But why does a public university need private support? And how do all these different fundraising organizations serve the institution, anyway?

Why Does Texas A&M Need Private Giving?

It’s a totally reasonable question: Why does the state’s largest university need private giving? Tyson Voelkel ’96, president and CEO of the Texas A&M Foundation, dives into how Texas A&M is funded, how past generations significantly strengthened the institution through philanthropy and why others should carry on their legacy today.

About Tyson

Tyson Voelkel ’96 is the president and CEO of the Texas A&M Foundation, a former private consultant and a decorated lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Giving is a part of human nature, and Texas A&M has an especially strong tradition of loyal former students giving back to support current and future Aggie students, faculty and staff. For first-time donors, though, philanthropy can seem daunting and even inaccessible. In this course, three Texas A&M Foundation development team members demystify the giving process one step at a time.

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There’s plenty of conversation around major universities touting hefty endowments. But what are they? Who manages them? And why would a donor want to give more to establish one? In this course, Lou Paletta ’78, former chair of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Board of Trustees, explains the power of endowments and how they can impact Texas A&M for generations after a donor’s lifetime.

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