Friends of Alec
What started in 1974 as a handful of alumni pooling funds to support the Cockrell School’s strategic initiatives, scholarships, seven engineering departments, and student programs has become the most successful annual giving program on campus. Our generous donors, known as Friends of Alec, are dedicated to making engineering students stand out on the UT campus with innovative ideas and a motivation to succeed inside and outside the classroom. In 2011-12, engineering alumni and friends donated $1.44 million to the Friends of Alec to help support these young innovators to become engineering leaders and tackle our world’s grand challenges. The average gift last year of $318 is a sign of the commitment our alumni and friends have made to enhancing engineering education.
Impact of Philanthropy
All gifts to Friends of Alec have an immediate impact on the Cockrell School’s students, faculty, and staff. Learn more
Your gift, no matter the amount, will help us achieve our 2012-13 goals. Below are just a few examples of what unrestricted gifts can help accomplish:
$250 – Fund a student organization’s membership meetings for a semester.
$500 – Cover one semester of textbooks for an engineering student.
$1000 – Register a team of students for an engineering competition or conference.
$2500 – Provide a partial scholarship to an engineering student.
Join us in achieving our most ambitious goals to date! Learn more
Improve alumni giving
Nearly 12% of engineering alumni give to various programs across the university, but only 5% of engineering alumni give back to the Cockrell School. Our 2013-14 goal is to increase alumni giving to the Cockrell School of Engineering. When you earmark your gift for the Cockrell School, you know you are investing back in UT Austin engineering programs.
Increase credit card donations
By giving via credit card, either when speaking to one of our Friends of Alec student callers or when online, your pledge is immediately fulfilled, making it unnecessary for us to use donated funds to pay for operating costs.
Encourage Sustaining Gifts
Donors now have the option of setting up Sustaining Gifts directly from the University online giving page. You can choose to give a certain amount each month versus one lump sum gift. Sustaining Gifts help Friends of Alec donors increase their total giving by splitting a large gift ($1,200) up into more manageable payments ($100/month), for example.
Raise $1.5 million
By implementing our first three goals successfully, we hope to have our best fundraising year ever and break the $1.5 million mark for the first time. If alumni and friends agree to make a gift at or above last year's average gift amount of $318, we will be well on our way to achieving our goal.
Who is Alec?
Alec, also known as Alexander Frederick Claire, is a well-known tradition at the Cockrell School and the namesake for Friends of Alec. Watch a video to learn more about the patron saint of engineers.
How to Give
There are many ways to support the Cockrell School, one of which is by giving to Friends of Alec. Learn more about the ways you can give back and how we can help you make it happen.
Corporate Champions are companies that have a special relationship with Friends of Alec and the Cockrell School. They often support the school with gifts of time, talent and more.
Students are encouraged to get involved with Friends of Alec, whether it's supporting the student giving campaign, working in the call center or participating in the Alec Building Contest.
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