Why You MatterMembers provide extensive support for Baylor
By Jeff Kilgore, BAA executive vice president and CEO
150 years, the members of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) have
played a vital role in the life of your alumni association and Baylor
Along with the thousands of BAA members who preceded you, each of you
is a key part of what we call "that good old Baylor line." Your
personal and financial support has been and will continue to be
significant in the life of our alma mater.
For this, we thank you.
We recognize that you have a family, a church, a career, and many other
venues in which to share your time and financial resources. As such, we
would certainly never dismiss what you have given in the past or take
for granted what you might contribute in the future.
I speak for our staff and for our governing board in saying that we
realize we're simply entrusted with all that is rightfully yours as
stakeholders in the organization.
It may be easy for some to lose sight of the fact that our association
is not just another business concern, corporate entity, or third party,
but that it is a support organization made up of individuals who have
voluntarily organized and labored together out of a common love for
Remarkably, this organization is now celebrating its 150th year of
existence, and over that history the BAA has established itself as a
central component of Baylor's well being.
The BAA is far more than just a name; it is tens of thousands of good
people who have demonstrated an unswerving commitment to what's best
Individually and collectively, you have been essential to the life of
this association. You have also demonstrated, more especially, your
love for Baylor University by becoming an indispensable percentage of
our alma mater's historic and current donor base. Each of you should be
proud that a large majority of the BAA's nineteen thousand members also
make gifts to Baylor. Each of you—and those who have carried the torch
before you—have collectively given hundreds of millions of dollars to
Of course, this impressive private-donor impact on Baylor does not
include tuition payments for you, your children, and maybe even your
grandchildren or others, along with decades of ticket and merchandise
purchases. It also doesn't include your personal influence in
recruiting or soliciting donations through friends and foundations.
Along with your prayers, this aggregate number is likely immeasurable
looking back and to the future. But there is no doubt it is significant.
While serving in the various roles of an alumni association and acting
as the officially recognized and independent voice for alumni, the
BAA's staff and directors encourage alumni to support and remain
engaged with Baylor University. All of us in the Baylor family should
always keep in mind what you, as BAA members, mean to Baylor University.
You are significant, you matter, and we thank you.