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Annual Giving

Annual Giving directly supports teaching, learning, and discovery at Huston-Tillotson University (HT). Annual Fund gifts go where the need is greatest and are the most important kind of giving to Huston-Tillotson. Through the Annual Fund, alumni and friends of HT are asked to make regular, yearly gifts at whatever level is appropriate for them. Your contribution helps to bridge the gap between the cost of educating students and changes in state and federal funding. When you support the Annual Fund, you allow Huston-Tillotson University to award more financial aid, support programs, and make improvements to campus facilities.

The diversity of our student body is only a small measure of how far Huston-Tillotson has come. The number of students now attending the historic university is at an all time high and we are celebrating what that means for our future. How far we can go depends on you; we are counting on financial support from our donors, alumni, and friends to continue our success.

On behalf of our President, students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees, thank you for your dedication to Huston-Tillotson!

There are numerous ways to support Huston-Tillotson University.  Choice one of the options below that fits your area of interest.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Downs Field
Downs Field is a historic baseball field and stadium located at 2816 E. 12th Street in Austin, Texas, in a historically black neighborhood. It is situated on 10.3 acres to the north of 12th Street, between Boggy Creek and the railroad tracks on the west, and Alexander Avenue on the east. Downs Field was constructed in 1954 on a site that had already been the Austin home of black athletics for nearly 30 years. The site was first used as Samuel Huston College’s baseball stadium where the Austin Black Senators played beginning in the late 1920s, and was later the stadium of the state champion L.C. Anderson High School football team. It has been the one-time home of Hilton Smith and Richard Lane, players who were later inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame respectively. Downs Field remains intact and continues to be used by Huston-Tillotson University, a historically black university, and the Austin Metro Baseball League. Give to the upkeep of Downs Field.

Downs-Jones Field