With $845.8 million raised to date, the Give Light campaign has been profoundly enhanced and its trajectory accelerated by the $100 million investment in the future of the institution made by an anonymous Baylor family in May 2019.
A portion of this transformational gift created the Baylor Academic Challenge (BAC), a fund that matches dollar-for-dollar qualifying gifts made by other members of the Baylor Family. Due to its dynamic structure, the BAC encourages donors to establish endowed funds for strategic academic initiatives, such as increasing the number of endowed faculty positions, and other priorities of the University.
In particular, the program seeks to endow as many as 17 new faculty positions, helping Baylor generate needed funding to sustain and grow teaching and research in key areas by bringing additional outstanding scholar-teachers to campus. By broadening the depth and breadth of research and academic inquiry at Baylor, the BAC offers alumni, parents, friends, and corporate and foundation partners the unprecedented opportunity to build Baylor’s future on the foundation of its unique mission.
By spring 2020, seven endowed faculty positions have been added to the University’s future academic ranks through the BAC.
The ongoing momentum created by the Baylor Academic Challenge is vital to funding the research and teaching aspirations within Illuminate, Baylor’s strategic plan, and attaining R1/Tier 1 recognition for the University.