Baylor University's Endowment
Baylor’s Endowment distributed $67.1 million in scholarships, professorships and other university initiatives, while growing by almost $80 million over Fiscal Year 2018. A growing endowment is critical to Baylor’s continued fulfillment of its distinctive mission as a preeminent Christian university. Endowed funds foster the long-term affordability and educational excellence essential to attracting talented students in the competitive higher education marketplace.
Endowment Size
Baylor’s Endowment hit an alltime high of $1.31 billion in Fiscal Year 2018. Continuing to grow the Endowment is a key initiative of the University. Ongoing gifts from alumni and friends along with annual investment returns from the Endowment portfolio are foundational to the continued advancement of the University.
Endowment Value
Endowment Distributions
Endowment Distributions
Approximately 5% of the Endowment’s value is distributed to the University each year in monthly installments. Distributions from the Endowment support students, professors and academic programs. Of the fiscal year 2018 distributions, 67% ($45 million) went to scholarships, 22% ($14.8 million) to academic programs, and 11% ($7.3 million) to professorships.
Endowment Returns
Baylor’s Endowment has outperformed the average of U.S. endowments by a wide margin since the inception of the Office of Investments. The portfolio’s policy benchmark represents a strategic blend of stock, bond, alternative and private investments consistent with the largest and best performing endowments across the U.S. Managing Baylor’s Endowment against this diversified benchmark enhances long-term value through strong returns with better downside protection.
Endowment Returns
Endowment Portfolio
Baylor’s Endowment portfolio benefits from a diverse blend of stock, bond, alternative equity and debt, and private investments. Investing within strategic ranges for each of these investment types serves as a control mechanism for the overall risk of the portfolio. Tactical shifts within approved ranges provide the flexibility to adjust risk as market conditions vary and to reposition the portfolio as technological innovations occur. Diversity and flexibility allow the Office of Investments to optimize the long-term value of the Endowment with more stable returns that successfully compete with the top performing endowments in the U.S.
Portfolio Managers
The Endowment portfolio is invested with 84 managers located in 23 cities across the globe. These managers are evaluated by the Office of Investments as the best and brightest in their various areas of expertise. Extensive due diligence is performed before a manager is brought into the portfolio. Every selected manager is a proven professional who exhibits the highest level of integrity and fiduciary responsibility, practices operational transparency and follows institutional quality valuation and reporting standards.
Manager Locations
  • Electric Cars
  • iCloud
  • 3D Printing
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blade Energy
  • Medical Research
Investing in a Rapidly Changing World
Technological innovations in healthcare, energy, transportation, manufacturing, information technology and most other economic sectors are changing the investment landscape today. Changes of this magnitude create opportunities for the astute investor. Investments in companies best able to adapt and benefit from the technological advances such as those referenced here will be rewarded. Equally important is avoiding those companies that are slow in making changes needed to compete in a more technologically advanced world.
Annual Endowment Overview
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Updated August 10, 2018