There are many ways to give in support of Rawls College's vision to educate and empower the next generation of business leaders.
Priority Funding Opportunities
Support of our high-priority initiatives helps Rawls College climb to new heights of excellence.
Insist on Excellence Initiative
In December of 2000, Jerry S. Rawls contributed a record-breaking cash gift of $25 million to the Texas Tech University College of Business Administration. In 2001, in honor of his transformational gift, the college was officially renamed the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business. With his gift, Rawls emphasized the importance of giving back and outlined his desire for the college to "Insist on Excellence." To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of Rawls' gift, we hope to inspire others to support Rawls College in four important areas: faculty support, scholarship support, career preparation and student recruitment through advancing the Rawls College brand, and the Dean's Strategic Initiative Endowment.
Permanently endow the School of Accounting
The School of Accounting has a distinguished history of producing smart, work-ready, principled graduates with a work ethic that is second to none. These accomplishments are driven by outstanding faculty who are globally recognized for their contributions to accounting education, research and practice. A permanent endowment for the School of Accounting and its programs would be transformational for current and future generations.
Continued support for Excellence in Banking
The Excellence in Banking program, supported by a growing endowment of more than $11 million, is designed to produce top-notch bankers by giving students a comprehensive understanding of modern banking operations and practices. Continued support will allow this program to grow and compete with other leading banking programs, both regionally and nationally.
Permanently endow the Center for Real Estate
There continues to be a growing demand for successful real estate graduates with relevant industry skills and certifications. A philanthropic investment would increase program visibility and sustainability, allowing the program to attract top students and deliver an industry-centric education.
Support for Supply Chain Management Area
Boasting a 100% job placement rate over the last three years, the supply chain management program continues to meet industry needs and grow in popularity among students. With zero current endowments, there is a need for faculty, scholarship and operating funds to support growth and long-term sustainability.
When you establish an endowment, you are making an everlasting gift in support of all that you envision for the future of Rawls College. Your gift is immediately invested, and when fully funded, produces annual income to support the endowment's purpose in perpetuity. Endowment opportunities start at $25,000 and can be pledged up to five years.
Philanthropic support for undergraduate and graduate scholarships enables Rawls College to attract exceptional and deserving students and provide them with a quality academic experience, unburdened by the financial stress of funding the entire cost of their education.
Faculty Chairs, Professorships & Fellowships
Faculty support in the form of endowed professorships and chairs allows Rawls College to recruit the top talent in teaching and research. Faculty members are the foundation of our academic and research excellence. Professorship support starts at $750,000 and chair support at $1.5M. View a list of endowed chairs and professorships.
As Rawls College strives to offer high-impact learning experiences, funding in this area provides support for creating, enhancing, or significantly expanding the operation of a specific center or institute.
Gift Planning Opportunities
It doesn't take great wealth to make a transformational gift. It just takes a little planning. Planned gifts offer an opportunity to be part of the legacy of Rawls College, sustain the life and mission of the College and benefit you and your family all at the same time.
The easiest gift to make, a designation gift names Rawls College as the beneficiary of your will, retirement account, annuity, insurance policy or other accounts.
Make a gift to Rawls College now, and receive fixed, annual income payments for life, ultimately supporting the area of your choosing when the gift terminates.
Receive valuable tax benefits and support specific initiatives or activities at Rawls College, such as student scholarships or academic research, both in the present and for many years to come.
Donate your assets through a gift of real estate, securities, art or other property as part of your legacy at Rawls College.
Charitable IRA Rollover Gift
For people age 70½ or older, the Charitable IRA Rollover is a tax-wise way to give to Rawls College. Discover how a Rawls College alumnus is impacting the lives of students through his Charitable IRA Rollover Gift.
Since the grand opening of the new building in 2011, Rawls College has benefited from a dedicated community of friends, supporters and alumni. Today, many of those names remain permanently connected to the college through named spaces. Naming opportunities allow you to attach a corporate name, your name, or that of a special person in your life, to a designated space at Rawls College.
Priority Room Naming Opportunities
The largest classroom at Rawls College, with a seating capacity of 250, this space features state-of-the-art technology. A 144-square-foot video wall enhances the teaching capabilities of professors and instructors, creating an innovative learning experience for students.
Undergraduate Advising Suite
Dedicated to academic excellence, this high-traffic area serves as a hub for students as they plan their undergraduate experience at Rawls College. This nearly 3,000-square-foot space includes 15 offices and a conference room.
Rawls Testing Center
A convenient, flexible, and distraction-free testing environment for Rawls College students. With just over 2,000-square-feet of space and 68 testing stations, faculty can rest assured that their examinations are administered with the utmost focus on security, academic integrity and ethical practices.
New Wing Multi-Purpose Space
A flexible and customizable space designed to host a wide variety of events such as guest speakers, public forums, meetings and student engagement activities. When not in use, this over 3,000-square-foot space serves as a community study space.
While several spaces within the college have been named, many opportunities remain to make a lasting impact at Rawls College. For additional naming opportunities, please contact a member of our development team.
Unrestricted support from alumni and friends provides essential resources for the widest variety of initiatives at Rawls College. Every gift to our annual funds has a direct and meaningful impact on faculty research, student financial aid, and industry-focused programs that benefit students, alumni, and the business community. Please consider making a recurring gift to support the following priority annual funds:
- Accounting Fund for Excellence
- Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business Fund for Excellence
- Finance Fund for Excellence
- Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences (ISQS) Fund For Excellence Fund
- Management Fund for Excellence
- Marketing Fund for Excellence
- Rawls College of Business School of Banking Fund for Excellence
- Rawls College of Business Fund for Excellence
- Rawls Raiders Fund for Excellence
- Sales and Customer Relationship Management Center Fund for Excellence
- Student Emergency Fund
- Supply Chain Management Fund for Excellence
Want to double or triple your gift?
Through charitable matching programs, many companies allow employees the opportunity to multiply the impact of their personal contributions. Many companies will match employee gifts dollar for dollar. Some will even double—or triple—match a gift. Read how Rawls College alumni at PwC and ExxonMobil maximized their impact by participating in their employer's match programs.