Each year during the Our Baylor Faculty, Staff and Retirees Campaign, we receive many questions about how participation is counted. We hope this list answers those questions so you feel confident as you support Our Baylor.
The Our Baylor campaign encourages you to give toward any area of the university. Every gift counts toward participation so you can support the area that means the most to you. If you wish to support Baylor in general, the Baylor Fund is a fund that the President has the discretion to designate funds to for priorities of the university. Historically, the Baylor Fund has supported scholarships, faculty development grants, program enhancement, student emergencies and much more.
Most of us support causes we believe in — our places of worship, health care and medical research organizations, the arts, youth groups and scores of other worthy causes. As you become involved in Baylor and develop a belief in the mission of the University, your financial support is another way you can make a difference. The commitment of the Baylor family is a strong vote of confidence in the future of the University. Additionally, foundations and major donors often ask about alumni participation and faculty/staff participation. When we can say that over 50% of our faculty, staff and retirees give back to BU, that makes our case even stronger for these organizations to support Baylor. Gifts of $1 and $1,000 matter when measuring participation rates.!
Most departments and divisions have excellence funds, which can be found on our giving site by click your division name. Your support not only counts toward participation, but also helps your department.
Payroll deduction is a great way to show your support. Imagine - if we each gave $10/month through payroll deduction, that would be over $316,000 in support each year! To set up gifts through payroll deduction, visit the giving site and select the area you wish to support and the monthly amount. On the second page, select "monthly" and "payroll deduction". Before clicking next, you can add multiple payroll deduction gifts by clicking "Add Another Gift" if you would like to support more than one fund. Finally, the third page will ask for your information to finalize the payroll deduction. You can also set up one-time and quarterly gifts via payroll deduction this way. To fill out a printable payroll deduction form, click here.
That's a tricky one. If you supported the Baylor Family Compassion Fund through United Way, it doesn't count because we don't have record of each donor. However, if you support the Baylor Family Compassion Fund through a Baylor commitment card or through www.baylor.edu/give, it does count!
Any division that reaches 50% participation will be recognized. We are still working on those recognition opportunities for 2018, so stay tuned for more information! To find out how your department is doing, click here.