Development Strategy Council

Texas A&M University has a long and rich tradition of philanthropy. For many years, Aggies and loyal friends of the university have generously provided charitable gifts supporting students, faculty, academic programs, student activities, and capital improvements.

The success of our previous fundraising efforts has been possible, and will continue to be possible, due to diligent planning and ongoing coordination between the university and organizations dedicated to soliciting and managing private gifts benefiting Texas A&M. These three organizations are the Texas A&M Foundation, The Association of Former Students and the 12th Man Foundation. As the scope and reach of our fundraising efforts continue to expand, it is essential that we coordinate our efforts to ensure that our former students and friends, corporate and foundation officials do not receive concurrent solicitations.

In 2004, the Development Strategy Council (DSC) was established to assess our highest priority projects with fundraising potential and to ensure that proper coordination is maintained with major gift prospects for current, planned and proposed fundraising projects.

The council is managed by the Texas A&M Foundation, and is comprised of members from the major fundraising groups on campus and representatives from the campus community involved in strategic decision-making regarding fundraising.

The DSC advises the University President in:

  • Coordination of major gift development strategies, policies and plans, including the review of major gift proposals by any fundraising unit on campus.
  • Encouragement of development efforts by vice presidents, deans, directors, department heads and interested faculty and staff, including establishment of appropriate expectations and benchmarks for participants responsible for development activities.
  • Preparation for future fundraising campaigns by Texas A&M University, including the assistance of effective stewardship for current donors, implementation of new venues for gifts and development activities, and pursuit of new donors and expanded development activities.

Significant issues currently being addressed by the DSC include:

  • University rules on naming buildings and entities
  • Aligning fundraising with construction projects
  • Hiring of fundraising consultants
  • Reviewing fundraising projects
  • Advising the President