Since June of this year, FAMU has received more than $3 million in cash donations compared to $1.1 million for the same period last year. In addition, nearly $4 million in pledges have been made to the University, bringing the total amount of donations through November to almost $7 million.
The uptick in donations are a sign of the improving economy and President Mangum's increased focused on fundraising.
“The outpouring of donations and pledges shows the renewed faith that people have in the University and the direction it is headed,” said Mangum. “As I travel the nation, I have been overwhelmed by the positive response that I have received and by the high esteem to which people hold the University.”
“People are beginning to see how important giving is to the lifeblood of the institution and that their contributions, no matter how small, can help the University to achieve its mission,” Mangum added.
According to Thomas Haynes, vice president for university advancement, a renewed spirit of giving has ignited across the university community.
“Grassroots support from Rattlers and friends like Cecka Rose Green, John Crossman, Thomas Bolen, and the family of Hubert Reddick, as well as alumni chapters across the nation, and FAMU students, faculty, and staff demonstrates how people are willing to give their time and resources to help FAMU continue its legacy of providing access and opportunity for underserved students,” Haynes said.
“From $10 to $1,000 to $100,000 our supporters understand that every dollar counts when it comes to ensuring that the students we serve are provided with a quality and affordable education,” Haynes added.