Preparing Our Hearts for Advent

Join the Baylor Family as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Daily devotionals, penned by Baylor University faculty, staff and students, begins Sunday, December 3, and will continue through Christmas Eve.

Campaign Progress

As of October 31, 2023

Campaign Goals Overview

Endowed Funds

  • Faculty Chairs and Professorships
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Endowed Funds for Growth Priorities

Expendable Funds

  • Immediate Needs
  • Baylor Fund
  • Bear Foundation
  • Global Learning Experiences

Capital Projects

  • Capital projects add needed capacity for academic growth.
Endowed Scholarships
Endowed Faculty Positions
Campaign Donors
Nov. 3, 2023
More ‘top recruits’ fill Baylor’s newest endowed chairs

Strong teams are great at recruiting, and Baylor has been blessed to land multiple “top recruits” in the university’s pursuit of excellence — not just in athletics or the student body, but among the faculty, as well.

Building on an already strong faculty lineup, the recruitment of new faculty in endowed chair roles is a significant focus of Illuminate and Give Light, with the goal of attracting nationally recognized experts into prestigious academic positions at Baylor. These efforts have proven successful — and they’re not done yet. The dividends of the Baylor Family’s generosity in the successful Give Light campaign continue to manifest in a multitude of ways, including the recruitment of elite faculty to Baylor.

Oct. 26, 2023
$2 Million Gift to Baylor University Establishes Medical Humanities Chair

WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2023) – Baylor University today announced a $2 million gift from Scott and Susan Orr of The Woodlands, Texas, establishing the Scott & Susan Orr Family Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities & Christian Faith to support teaching, mentorship and innovative research in the Medical Humanities Program within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Sep. 8, 2023
Baylor University Dedicates Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center

WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2023) – Baylor University today dedicated the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center – the new front door to the University’s Waco campus – during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house commemorating the spectacular building’s official opening. The dedication recognized the Hurd Welcome Center’s namesake and lead donors, Paula Hurd and her late husband, Mark Hurd, and their daughters, Kelly, B.B.A. ’14, and Kathryn.

Jul. 13, 2023
Baylor Social Work Researchers Earn $2.5 Million Grant to Prepare Mental Health Service Providers for Work in Waco ISD and Transformation Waco Schools

WACO, Texas (July 13, 2023) – Baylor University researchers in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work have earned a significant federal grant to bolster mental health services to school children by preparing licensed mental health providers for work in schools.