Our Fundraising Philosophy

The core values and principles of the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs reflect our mission to advance human health while honoring the tradition of visionary philanthropy that brought Baylor College of Medicine to Houston in 1943 to establish the Texas Medical Center. Our more than a century-old legacy of community support has inspired generations of physicians, scientists and trainees to stand as leaders in discovery, pursuing excellence in every endeavor. The relationships we build with donors, faculty and colleagues define Baylor's future and are celebrated in our culture.

Core Values


Through our ethical standards and professional conduct, we strive daily to protect the trust of those who invest their time and resources in the institution.


We are donor centered and committed to aligning donors’ philanthropic goals and interests with College priorities.


We approach our work with a passion for our mission, optimism for our future and insights that are creative, entrepreneurial, and meaningful.


We value and respect all who partner with us in this enterprise, recognizing individual strengths and focusing on team successes based on our shared vision.

Aim High

We set aspirational goals that require us to be bold in our thinking and decisive in our actions to deliver the promise of tomorrow’s medicine today.


The College will, at all times, maintain independence with respect to educational, healthcare and research issues and concerns.

The College will solicit and accept support only for activities that are consistent with the College’s mission of education, patient care, research and community outreach.

The College will not accept support from a business enterprise if such support is premised on an agreement to forego support from any other business enterprise.

The Baylor Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations will manage philanthropic relationships with business enterprises and will focus philanthropic efforts on strategic priorities of the College.

The College will not accept philanthropic gifts that include expectations of a quid pro quo including direct access to faculty, staff, alumni, donors, volunteers or College trainees.

Donor Bill of Rights

Baylor College of Medicine endorses and abides by the Donor Bill of Rights created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits. It has been endorsed by numerous organizations and is reprinted with permission from AFP.

Donor Privacy

Baylor College of Medicine is committed to respecting the privacy of donors. The types of donor information that we collect and maintain are as follows:

  • Contact information: name, address, telephone number and email address
  • Giving information: amount and purpose of gift and whether the gift was made anonymously
  • Information on events attended, publications received and special requests for program information
  • Information provided by the donor in the form of comments and suggestions

How We Use Information

We use donors’ information to understand their interests in our mission and to update them on our plans and activities. It is shared with staff, board members, volunteers and consultants only on a “need-to-know” basis.

If you have comments or questions about Baylor's donor-privacy policy, or wish to review personal information that has been collected about you and request corrections, please email connect@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-4714.