To Our Donors
As was the case for many, the past year was uniquely challenging for the 12th Man Foundation and is reflected in our 2020-21 Annual Report.
Most notably, the impact of reduced capacity and fewer home athletics events resulted in a 56 percent loss in revenue associated with the 2020 football season.
Despite this adversity, the 12th Man Foundation and Texas A&M Athletics were able to navigate significant challenges because of the hard work and dedication of our staff and the overwhelming generosity from donors and season ticket holders. They answered the call during Texas A&M Athletics’ moment of need, and we are incredibly grateful.
This extraordinary support was vital for the 12th Man Foundation to meet substantial financial commitments while continuing its mission of funding championship athletics, and it helped set the stage for Aggie student-athletes to be successful in competition and the classroom during unprecedented circumstances.
As we move past this difficult chapter in our history, many challenges still lay ahead. Alongside our partners in Texas A&M Athletics we will continue to set ambitious goals. To achieve these goals, support from 12th Man Foundation donors and season ticket holders will be paramount.
I hope you enjoy this interactive approach to our 2020-21 Annual Report which illustrates the considerable impact of donations and ticket purchases on the success of Aggie Athletics.
On behalf of the 12th Man Foundation staff, thank you to our donors and season ticket holders who make our shared vision of championship athletics at Texas A&M a reality.
Travis Dabney ’96
President & CEO
A Year Unlike Any Other
Swipe through to see the past year at a glance
- July 23: The 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees approves a limited-time priority point bonus program for season ticket holders and donors.
- July 30: The Southeastern Conference announces a 10-game, league-only football season.
- Aug. 19: Texas A&M announces a reduced capacity, distanced seating plan for Kyle Field. After season ticket holders are given the option to opt in or out for the 2020 season, a complete reseating of Kyle Field to conform to the 25 percent capacity plan takes place.
- Sep. 15: With the help of Chris Valletta ’00, the 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees provide funding for Mission face coverings as gifts to season ticket holders.
- Sep. 26: Aggie Football hosts Vanderbilt in front of 24,073 fans at Kyle Field to open the 2020 season.
- Oct. 10: Aggie Football comes from behind to upset No. 4 Florida, 41-38, in front of 24,709 fans at Kyle Field.
- Nov. 9: Aggie Soccer wins third SEC regular-season championship.
- Nov. 28: The 12th Man Foundation recognizes Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam Jr. ’80 as recipients of the 2020 E. King Gill Award.
- Dec. 7: Texas A&M-Ole Miss football game is postponed and ultimately canceled, resulting in an additional potential revenue loss of $4.2 million. A&M hosted 4 home games in 2020 with an NCAA-leading average 24,876 fans.
- Dec. 14: Aggie student-athletes record the best fall academic semester in school history (fall semester record 3.003 semester GPA and 3.039 cumulative GPA).
- Jan. 3: Aggie Football defeats North Carolina to win program’s first Orange Bowl. A&M finishes 2020 season with a 9-1 record and fourth in the final Associated Press football poll representing the school’s highest ranking since 1939.
- Jan. 16: 18-year-old Athing Mu bursts onto the national scene setting the American U20 800m record at a time of 2:01.07 in her collegiate debut. Mu would go on to shatter record books in the spring and win two gold medals in the 2020 Summer Olympics.
- Jan. 26: The 12th Man Foundation and Aggie Athletics unveil $8.2 million Paup Pavilion, the new home for A&M Swimming & Diving.
- Feb. 24: Texas A&M University raises $4.25 billion in state’s largest higher education campaign which included more than $700 million from 12th Man Foundation donors.
- Feb. 28: Aggie Women’s Basketball wins first-ever SEC regular season championship.
- March 13: Aggie Women’s Track & Field finishes second at NCAA Indoors.
- March 26: The 12th Man Foundation hosts donors for an MVP Speaker Series featuring Aggie football staff including Terry Price, Mikado Hinson and Marshall Malchow.
- April 14: The 12th Man Foundation launches Young Alumni membership.
- April 17: The 12th Man Foundation and Aggie Athletics host 2020 season ticket holders who donated back at closed football practice.
- April 23-24: The 12th Man Foundation hosts Champions Council Weekend to celebrate philanthropic investors in support of championship athletics.
- May 12: Aggie student-athletes record best academic year in school history (school record 3.079 cumulative GPA).
- May 18: Aggie Track & Field’s Jon Bishop named SEC 2020-21 McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
- June 2-9: A&M announces three new coaching hires: Brian Kortan (Men’s Golf), Gerrod Chadwell (Women’s Golf) and Jim Schlossnagle (Baseball).
- June 12: Aggie Women’s Track & Field finishes second at NCAA Outdoors.
- June 24-27: The 12th Man Foundation honors donor impact during 2021 Summer Meeting in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
All Made Possible by Our Donors
Aggie Football Season Ticket Holders
Combined Philanthropic Donations
Due to reduced capacity and Texas A&M only hosting four games at Kyle Field, season ticket holders had excess funds invested in 2020 season tickets that were eligible to be refunded, credited to 2021 or donated to the 12th Man Foundation.
Nearly 3,500 Aggie football season ticket holders converted all or a portion of their season ticket investment into a philanthropic donation. Combined, their generosity resulted in $11.6 million directly supporting Texas A&M Athletics.
Without this extraordinary support, the COVID-19 pandemic would have been detrimental to Texas A&M Athletics.
“If my contribution helped Aggie Athletics have some semblance of normalcy during a difficult time, then it was all worth it to me.”
John Hollowell '79
Loyal Donor and Season Ticket Holder
Fund Championship Athletics
During the 2020-21 fiscal year, the 12th Man Foundation transfer of donor and season ticket dollars to Texas A&M Athletics included annual operating support, ticket revenue, capital and endowment funds as well as bond payments, all of which are essential to operating the athletics department at a championship level.
Transferred to Texas A&M Athletics
Donors and ticket buyers are the foundation of a successful athletics department.
“The generosity and commitment of our donors and season ticket holders never ceases to amaze me.”
Head Football Coach
“While everything around us was changing, the one constant through all the chaos was athletics. Our donors made that possible, and for that I am forever grateful.”
Julia Black ’22
Track & Field/Cross Country Student-Athlete
The 1922 Fund represents the 12th Man Foundation’s desire to permanently endow scholarships for all Aggie student-athletes.
Donors have pledged more than $15.7 million in support of student-athlete scholarship endowments to the 1922 Fund since its inception in 2015.
12th Man Foundation
Revenue and Other Support
Pledges and Contributions
These revenue sources help fund scholarships, programs and facilities in support of championship athletics at Texas A&M.
Season Ticket Donations and Philanthropic Gifts
Donors helped bridge the loss of nearly $30 million in season ticket contributions due to COVID-19 by generously donating back and generating $16.6 million in philanthropic gifts to the 12th Man Foundation.
This resulted in a total of $26.7 million in season ticket donations and philanthropic annual gifts.
Season Ticket Donations and Philanthropic Annual Gifts
Capital Gifts and Endowments
Major gifts create a legacy between donors and Texas A&M Athletics while supporting capital projects, scholarships and specific programs.
“The revenue that we receive through football season tickets helps us support all student-athletes at the highest level and provide a world-class experience.”
Deputy Athletics Director
12th Man Foundation
Transfers, Expenses and Commitments
Transferred to Texas A&M
Consisted of athletics annual support and bond payments as well as capital and endowed funds in support of championship athletics.
Major Gift Transfers
Consisted of ticket operations and fundraising costs as well as general and administrative costs associated with supporting the efforts of the 12th Man Foundation.
“12th Man Foundation donors gave Texas A&M Athletics the capability to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic better than any institution in the country. We can’t say thank you enough for your continued commitment to our mission.”
Travis Dabney '96
President & CEO