A letter that Vice-President for Advancement George Cotton sent to President Larry Robinson said that his strategies were what got the numbers up.
“In less than three years, the strategies I have been able to implement have moved annual fundraising from an average of $3 million dollars to an unprecedented $8.5 million,” Cotton wrote.
Robinson wrote about the $8.5M as an accomplishment of his administration in his self-evaluation for 2016-2017. But he didn’t mention Cotton. Robinson did call attention to contributions of the National Alumni Association (NAA), new FAMU investment manager, FAMU Foundation Board of Directors members, corporate partners, and individual donors.
FAMU has not posted any document to FAMU.edu that has a detailed breakdown of the all the major contributions in 2016-2017 and who gave them.
But what can be said for sure is that FAMU owes a big “thank you” to the many long-time, regular financial supporters who opened up their checkbooks to give even more during 2016-2017.