Aug. 15, 2007
Thanks to the generosity of its loyal fans and friends, the Baylor Bear Foundation raised a record $4.5 million during the recently completed 2006-07 academic year. It marked the fourth consecutive year that the Bear Foundation established a record for total contributions to the fund-raising arm of Baylor's 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program.
"I am grateful for both the generous support of the Baylor Family and the extraordinary work of the Bear Foundation staff and volunteers," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "The record year for the Bear Foundation is a tribute to the commitment of our alumni and friends along with the momentum that Baylor Athletics is enjoying as a result of our athletics and academic success.
"In addition, the popularity of the new Championship Club has been a catalyst in the significant growth that we experienced in the Bear Foundation this year," he added.
Baylor fans and friends contributed more than $3.5 million during the Bear Foundation's 2006-07 fund drive which surpassed the previous record high of $2.891 million, which was established in 2005-06, by more than $640,000. Additional monies were generated through skybox contributions and interest from Baylor's athletic endowments.
"One of the reasons for this tremendous increase was the work of our volunteers during our fund drive," said Doug Smith, Baylor's Associate Athletic Director for Development/Executive Director of the Baylor Bear Foundation. "They were exceptional this year and were determined to break all previous fund raising records. Our volunteers raised nearly $1.4 million, of which $400,000 was new money. I can't say enough each year about our volunteers and this year they truly outdid themselves."
For the first time ever, one of the Bear Foundation's annual fund drive volunteers, Waco resident Carroll Webb, surpassed the $100,000 mark in total new monies raised last spring. All-told, Webb generated over $200,000 in total contributions during the campaign.
"In over 30 years in the fundraising business, I have never heard of a volunteer raising that much money in annual funds for scholarships at a university," Smith said. "We are so grateful for Carroll's efforts this spring. He worked his lists of contacts, challenged the current members to increase their gifts, and then also went out and got four people to join at the newest Bear Foundation level - the $25,000 Championship Club level. That is just incredible - to ask for those levels of gifts takes a real pro and we are so fortunate to have Carroll working as a volunteer for the Bear Foundation."
Since 2003, Baylor has enjoyed its most competitively successful period in the history of its intercollegiate athletics program. During that time, Baylor has captured two NCAA national championships, 16 Big 12 conference championships and recorded its three highest finishes in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings.
Baylor student-athletes continue to build upon their well-known standard of classroom excellence, too. A school-record 79 Baylor student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2006-07, while a school-record 390 student-athletes were named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
In 2006-07, Baylor had a school-record tying 13 teams advance to postseason competition and won five Big 12 championships. Softball reached the Women's College World Series and captured the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time, men's track won national indoor and outdoor titles in the 4x400-meter relay, and men's and women's tennis captured Big 12 regular season and tournament championships. Baylor finished 38th in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings.
Contributions to the Baylor Bear Foundation go directly toward the scholarship costs associated with running an 18-sport intercollegiate athletic program in the Big 12 Conference.