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Let’s Make History Together

The Forty

Bill Powers

It’s time for some straight talk.

Today, we open the final chapter of this great undertaking we call the Campaign for Texas. We have one year left in an eight-year campaign, and we have reached 75 percent of our goal. It doesn’t take a UT mathematician to figure out that it’s crunch time.

Seven years ago, when my team and I set the goal at $3 billion, we knew we were taking a risk. But I also knew something else — that we’re Longhorns, and that Longhorns are a different breed. I knew that the bond between UT alumni and their alma mater is powerful — that alumni and friends have risen to meet one audacious challenge after another and have done whatever it took to keep this a university of the first class. I believed then — and I absolutely believe now — that we can do this, and that we will.

I can say it no more plainly: UT needs you, and it needs you now.

Of course, the bigger the gift, the better, but every gift counts. Last fiscal year more than 46,000 alumni made a gift to UT — that’s a lot, but it’s only a fraction of you. If you’re one of those 46,000, thank you. Now talk to your classmates, your Longhorn neighbors, your children, your parents, and get them to be part of history, too.
There are two main ways to give:

  • Support your university’s core purpose, which is to transform lives for the benefit of society.
  • Or give a targeted gift to a program that advances knowledge in an area of your own interest and passion in a college, school, or unit. This could include a contribution to our life changing scholarships.

Furthermore, if you have ever considered leaving a gift for UT in your will, I urge you to do it now and make that gift a part of this historic campaign. Last year, a record 208 individuals included a gift to UT Austin in their estate plans, totaling $76 million. I know that we can top that, and we must. For information on planned giving, go to or call 800-687-4602.

If you have given before, thank you, and please give again. If you haven’t given yet, join the team and be a part of this historic effort. Please go to and make a gift today.

I know we can do this. Let’s make history together.
Bill Powers Signature