What a difference a year makes! A year ago, the University of Texas School of Law stood at 12% alumni giving – a number that placed us well below our highly-ranked peers. The Alumni Association Executive Committee deemed that rate of alumni participation to be unacceptable. The Law School set a goal: to raise that percentage from 12% to 14% in the first year. Given the size of our alumni base, each percentage point was quite a daunting challenge.
Under the leadership of Dean Farnsworth and the Law School’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development, and with the commitment of our alumni leadership, the effort began. Although we had been working for some time to increase Reunion fundraising, this new effort was expanded to the entire alumni base, Reunion year or not. We were convinced that the only reason for the low rate of alumni giving was that the alumni did not know about the needs of the school in the face of declining help from the State of Texas. So, the education effort began.
I am pleased to report that, in this first year, alumni giving has risen -- not from 12% to the goal of 14%, but from 12% to over 16%! That is a one-third increase in alumni participation in one year. Moreover, three Reunion classes (’64, ’74, and ’09) had over 30% of their members donating during this fiscal year and nearly every other Reunion class was above 22%!
Thank you to all of you for making this happen. We shall celebrate for a week or two and then get back to work. Every time you give to the Law School in whatever amount you can, you become part of the effort. Join us. To quote someone whose name is likely lost in the mists of time: If not us, who? If not now, when?
Bruce A. Broillet, ’74
Alumni Association President