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FAQs | Faculty/Staff Annual Campaign

You can give to anything you wish. We hope you will consider supporting one of the University’s key priorities through unrestricted giving. Since fully funding the annual operating budget is essential to TCU’s financial well-being, a balanced budget every year is important to us all. Each annual gift helps TCU meet this vital need. If you wish to restrict your gift for another purpose, you should complete the bottom section of your pledge form, labeled “Other,” specifying the name and amount/percentage of your total gift you would like to designate this way. Some employees elect to split their gifts between unrestricted funds and another designation.
Annual gifts impact the University in a number of ways. It supports TCU's budget, the general scholarship fund, research, and schools, colleges and programs. Tuition does not cover the true cost of a TCU education. The University makes up the difference with endowment income and annual gifts — a benefit for all students, regardless of financial need. Donors may designate the areas within the University they wish to support. The breakdown of annual gift opportunities includes:

University’s Greatest Need
TCU Student Scholarships
TCU Frog Club
Mary Couts Burnett Library
Student Affairs
AddRan College of Liberal Arts
Bob Schieffer College of Communication
College of Education


College of Fine Arts
College of Science & Engineering
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
John V. Roach Honors College
Neeley School of Business
Ranch Management
TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Brite Divinity School

Public universities are primarily supported with tax dollars, while private universities depend far more heavily on tuition and private gift support. Public universities are subject to the direction of the state legislature, while private universities are self-governing. Consequently, public universities are affected more strongly by fluctuations in the economy and shifts in politics. Since tax support of public universities is based on enrollment, decreases in enrollment are more likely to result in budget reductions than in privately funded institutions, whose stability is mediated by endowment.
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 TCU 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 TCU community is a strong vote of confidence in the future of the University.
Projects are determined through a study and review process, our strategic plan, Vision in Action, and are generally based on TCU’s Academic Plan and the Campus Master Plan. As a result of the strategic planning process, the Provost sets the priorities for academic projects to be funded. At this point, projects are sent to the University Advancement office to assess possibilities for matching projects with potential donors. If you have a project idea that you and your colleagues are willing to support, share your ideas with your dean or department chair. Projects that will enhance the academic life of the University as a whole are encouraged.
The Fiscal Year 2019 operating budget is $702.3 million. Of this, compensation accounts for $299.7 million, including benefits. Utilities, insurance and taxes total about $17.2 million. Additional expenses are categorized as follows: financial aid for students, $175.1 million; equipment and repairs, $17.6 million; goods and services, $101.7 million; interest expense, $27.1 million; capital funding, Academy of Tomorrow, Financial Aid Set Aside reserves, $57.4 million; and other expenses, $6.5 million.
The endowment is a savings and investment account, which produces annual income that supports TCU's annual operating budget. Most of the money is restricted for designated purposes across campus.

The operating budget for Fiscal Year 2019 is $702.3 million. With a Board-approved payout to the operating budget, the endowment currently provides about $67 million in budget support, or about 10 percent of the budget. Should part of the endowment be spent, it would result in a loss of essential investment income — not just for one year, but also for every year to come.

The size of the endowment is a signal of the strength of an institution. The University’s investments total about $1.6 billion. The TCU Endowment Fund has been nationally recognized as one of the best managed institutional investors in the country.
TCU's budgeted revenue sources for Fiscal Year 2018 include tuition, fees and housing (71 percent), endowment income (9.5 percent), athletics (8.5 percent), private gifts/government grants and annual funds (5 percent), income from auxiliaries (4 percent), and other income (2 percent). The University Union, the campus bookstore, orientation and the TCU Press are examples of auxiliary enterprises.
TCU is revolutionizing learning experiences and elevating people and programs through new scholarships, endowed faculty positions, transformed academic and living spaces, and innovative academic and co-curricular offerings. The centerpiece of this is the Intellectual Commons, a crossroads for academic minds, on the east campus. This includes a revitalization of the library that allows students to take advantage of collaborative learning and the latest technologies, and an addition to and renovation of the Bass Building that provides students to fill critical health care needs. In addition, Rees-Jones Hall, is providing innovative instructional space for all students and a home for some of TCU’s most promising academic programs. Furthermore, new facilities in Worth Hills are creating a residential environment to further support the TCU experience and students’ academic and social growth. New halls will be added annually, depending on student demand.
Our beautiful campus provides an environment conducive to learning, makes a positive impression on potential students and contributes to the attractiveness of the community. More pragmatically stated, campus beautification is a cost of doing business that helps to turn prospective students into tuition-paying members of the TCU community. This distinguishing feature of our campus is often cited as the deciding factor of why students chose to attend TCU over other colleges and universities. Recognizing this, some donors have set up special funds for campus beautification.
Yes, your gift to Frog Club is counted in the Faculty/Staff Annual Campaign. Please call the Frog Club Office at Ext. 7700 for any giving questions pertaining to sports specific seating, parking or general athletics support.
Athletics are a part of TCU’s history, tradition and student experience, as well the foundation of much of the University's community support. From the College World Series to the Rose and Peach bowls, athletics have brought national visibility for TCU. One study revealed that more than 95 percent of universities’ media coverage is related to athletics. Since athletics generates visibility from which the entire institution benefits, the cost of funding athletics could be seen as a marketing expense. There would be no marketing budget ample enough to provide the name recognition and visibility that are realized through our athletic programs.

Additional information is available from the Office of Loyalty Giving, ext. 7800 or