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The Association Exceeds Fundraising Goal for 2017

Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 January 31, 2018 3:22 PM updated: September 12, 2018 12:15 PM

Through the generous support of its donors, The Association of Former Students exceeded its Annual Fund goal for 2017 by a quarter of a million dollars.

The Association raised $10.15 million for 2017, exceeding its $9.9 million goal. The Association also exceeded its goal for number of donors, with 54,552 Aggies making gifts, 10 percent above the original goal. Gifts made in 2017 averaged $186, illustrating that all gifts make a difference.

This marks the largest donor number ever for The Association and the second highest Annual Fund.

“It never ceases to amaze me how loyal and generous Aggies can be,” said Porter S. Garner III ’79, President and CEO of The Association. “The success of our 2017 Annual Fund is a testament to the Aggie Network and to the respect and trust we enjoy with our thousands of donors every year.”

The Association was able to exceed its goal despite pausing fundraising appeals in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of many Texas coastal cities, as well as Hurricane Irma that hit Florida, out of respect to those affected, Vice President of Development Nic Taunton ’07 said.

“It was important to us as an organization that we allowed our former students and friends to focus on the important task of recovery, a task that in many cases, will take years,” Taunton said. “With so many former students and friends impacted not only by Hurricane Harvey, but also Hurricane Irma, and the wildfires in California, we believed that temporarily suspending our fundraising was the appropriate action to take.”

Garner said the fact that The Association was able to exceed its goal despite this interruption is a testament to the Aggie Network.

“I am continually amazed that Aggies respond even when they’re hurting, even when they have personal challenges—that Texas A&M and The Association remain a priority for their charitable support,” Garner said. “I think our successful 2017 Annual Fund is a direct testimony to the affinity that Aggies have for Texas A&M and even in difficult, challenging, tragic times such as (hurricanes) Harvey and Irma, our former students in many ways continue to respond to the needs of Texas A&M and support The Association.”

For 2017-18, The Association will provide Texas A&M about $12.5 million in direct and indirect support. The Association also awarded its highest number of scholarships for this school year, topping out at 1,453. The Annual Fund is the largest source of revenue for The Association and makes this support possible.

“From Howdy to Here, The Association of Former Students has inspired generations of Aggies for nearly 140 years,” Garner said. “The Association makes a difference for Aggies who ultimately make the difference for Texas A&M.”

The Association is proud of the support provided to Texas A&M, and we want to do more. To best achieve this, we have set a goal to engage more Aggies in service and support to Texas A&M and are actively working toward increasing our donor count to 100,000 by 2020. We invite all Aggies to make a gift–of any size–and help us support Texas A&M in even greater ways.

Through generous gifts to The Association, we are able to be HERE for Aggies during their days as students and former students, THERE for Aggies as they make their way around the world and EVERYWHERE that the Aggie Network needs us to be. Visit to make a gift.

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