Founded as the Ex-Cadets Association in 1879, The Association promotes the interests of Texas A&M, perpetuates the ties of affection formed in university days and serves the student body of Texas A&M. Through the support of the half-million-strong Aggie Network, including almost 400,000 former students, The Association provides an annual impact of $7.3 million in non-discretionary funds to Texas A&M. This includes $3.4 million in direct cash support to 65 campus initiatives for which state appropriations are not available.
The Foundation, with assets of more than $1 billion, was established in 1953 by a group of 21 distinguished former students who sought to increase the university’s major fundraising efforts. The Foundation solicits major endowed gifts from donors who decide specific areas at the university they want to fund. In fiscal year 2011, the funds made available from endowment earnings and non-endowed gifts totaled $64.5 million.
Named in honor of the famous Texas A&M 12th Man tradition, the Foundation was created in the 1940s to fund scholarships, programs and facilities in support of championship athletics. The revenues generated by the organization and its loyal donor base – more than $23 million in 2011 – have helped transform Texas A&M’s athletic department into one of the nation’s best.