From the 12th Man Foundation Board of Trustees
Over the history of the 12th Man Foundation, fairness and open information have always been important. In the mid 2000s, after a review of the historical allocation of donor benefits, the Foundation concluded there was not a clearly-defined system in place that was easy to track and understand. In 2006, the Aggie Access priority program was implemented.
The Aggie Access priority program is designed to provide a fair and equitable method to determine the distribution of benefits to all current and future 12th Man Foundation members. Today, with more than 20,000 members and expanded methods of providing financial support, it is critically important to establish a "priority point system" consistent with the mission of the Foundation and dealing with all members in a fair, transparent and verifiable manner.
In reviewing the program, we all need to remind ourselves of the mission of the Foundation: "Funding Scholarships, Programs and Facilities In Support Of Championship Athletics." We must always remember that Texas A&M athletics receives no supplemental funding from the State of Texas or the university. Whereas other SEC athletic departments receive funding from student fees, state tax dollars and appropriations, Aggie athletics are self-funded. Our future abilities to compete on a national level depend on the generosity of our annual stakeholders.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with the 12th Man Foundation's Aggie Access priority program.