Our Fundraising Philosophy
Development’s core values and principles 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 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 the College’s future and are celebrated in our culture.
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education recognized Baylor College of Medicine’s Office of Development and Alumni Affairs as one of the top fundraising programs in higher education with a 2013 CASE Educational Fundraising Award. Baylor is one of 35 schools to earn an Overall Performance Award based on three years of fundraising data collected from approximately 1,000 higher education institutions across the nation.
Development raises funds to support the College’s strategic growth initiatives in healthcare, research and education. The College recently was recognized as an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau for meeting its 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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.
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 Development and Alumni Affairs 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.
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.
Baylor also assures donors that their names and addresses will not be shared with any third party.