Baylor University recently received the largest monetary donation in its history, officials announced Saturday.

The $100 million donation was contributed to the university's $1.4 billion Give Light campaign.

"The gift is from an anonymous donor and will advance Baylor’s progress towards growth as a preeminent Christian research university, building on the University’s historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of teaching, research and service," university officials announced May 4. "A significant portion of the $100 million gift will create a matching fund to launch the Baylor Academic Challenge and also will support other components of the Give Light campaign to be announced in the near future."

The money will support Baylor's plan to improve the campus and spiritual life of students at the nation's largest Baptist university, as well as fund initiatives to expand and improve academics, research, service learning, and athletics.

Since being launched in November of 2018, the Give Light campaign has raised $692 million - over half its $1.1 billion goal. Over 53,000 donors have gifted funds to the campaign, which has established endowed funds for 17 faculty chairs and professorships, 411 scholarships and 129 funds for growth priorities.

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