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FAQs | TCU Faculty / Staff Annual Campaign

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  • You can give to anything you wish. We hope you will consider supporting one of the University’s key priorities through the Annual Fund. 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 the Annual Fund and another designation.

  • Annual giving impacts 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 which areas within the University they wish to support. The breakdown of annual gift opportunities includes:

    University’s Greatest Need
    Ranch Management
    AddRan College of Liberal Arts
    TCU General Scholarships
    College of Education
    Harris College of Nursing & Health
    Sciences
    TCU Frog Club

     

    Neeley School of Business
    College of Science & Engineering
    Mary Couts Burnett Library
    College of Fine Arts
    John V. Roach Honors College Student Affairs
    Bob Schieffer College of Communication
    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, most recently Vision in Action: The Academy of Tomorrow, 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 2016 operating budget is $595 million. Of this, compensation accounts for $240 million, including benefits. Utilities, insurance and taxes total about $13 million. Additional expenses are categorized as follows: financial aid for students, $146 million; equipment and repairs, $14 million; goods and services, $79 million; interest expense, $15 million; capital funding and Academy of Tomorrow reserves, $80 million; and other expenses, $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 2015 is $547 million. With a Board-approved payout to the operating budget, the endowment currently provides about $58 million in budget support, or about 11 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 $1.4 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 2016 include tuition, fees and housing (72 percent), endowment income (11 percent), private gifts and government grants (5 percent), income from auxiliaries (10 percent), and other income (2 percent). The University Union, the campus bookstore, orientation and the TCU Press are examples of auxiliary enterprises, as is intercollegiate athletics.

  • 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 development of a new Intellectual Commons, a crossroads for academic minds, on the east campus. This includes a revitalization of the library that will allow students to take advantage of collaborative learning and the latest technologies, and an addition to and renovation of the Bass Building that will better prepare students to fill critical healthcare needs. In addition, Rees-Jones Hall, a new academic facility, will provide 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, you can renew your parking for the 2016 TCU football season by making the appropriate level gift to the TCU Frog Club. IF YOU ARE A NEW DONOR WHO WANTS TO REQUEST GENERAL OR RESERVED PARKING OR A PREVIOUS DONOR WANTING TO RENEW RESERVED OR GENERAL PARKING, please call the Frog Club office at Ext. 7700. If you have confirmed your parking with Frog Club and you have an existing payroll deduction for your parking gift, you may need to update your payroll deduction to accurately reflect the gift amount.

  • 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 Bowl, 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 annualfund@tcu.edu.

2016 Faculty / Staff Campaign Results: 80%

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Committee Members

Craig Allen
Michelle Barrow
Rachelle Blackwell
Terri Chanlatte
Rich Enos
Terry Haney
Judy Hobart
Clark Jones
Dorenda Kesler
Larry Lockwood
Karrabi Malin

 

Dave Mestemaker
Don Mills
Jean Mrasek
Leo Munson
Amanda Nickerson
Alan Shorter
Mike Sinquefield
Tammy Smetters
Gloria Solomon
Nancy Styles
Dan Williams

 

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