Baylor Family Compassion Fund

Nov. 30, 2011

We are continuing a unique opportunity in the 2012 United Way Campaign. The Baylor Family Compassion Fund was first envisioned with our 2010 campaign, created to help members of the Baylor Family. Initial contributions were strong, and we have continued to build the base fund steadily. As we look to the future and remember this summer's drought and wild fire devastation, Baylor will be able to make a difference through allocations to those in need, right here in McLennan County.

Specifically, this fund is intended to help Baylor faculty, staff, and our contract partners such as Aramark, Crothall, Mail Max, IKON, Follett and Texas Urban Enterprises who find themselves in crisis with no other means of support.

For example, imagine a member of the Baylor family who has a child with a rare form of cancer that requires special treatment in Dallas or Houston. Health insurance will likely cover the child's medical treatment, but depending on the parents' financial situation, this family may not be able to afford a hotel room, meals or gas for the trip. The Baylor Family Compassion Fund would be able to provide this type of assistance. Most awards will likely be from $100 to $1,000.

Through the generosity of faculty and staff the Baylor Family Compassion Fund will continue to grow. Baylor faculty and staff can consider making a portion of their United Way gift count towards the Baylor Family Compassion Fund. This voluntary designation will direct 5% of the individual's total gift to go to the Baylor Family Compassion Fund.

As pledges continue to build the fund through the year ahead, the United Way Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, will be able to provide information on how individuals can apply to receive these funds. The Compassion Fund is intended to serve as a 'safety net' when an individual has explored all other avenues for assistance. Individual decisions about allocations will be made by the committee who will work directly with a United Way agency for distribution.