Showing posts with label university relations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label university relations. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

FAMU has raised $4.01M in 2017-2018

Florida A&M University has raised $4.01M in 2017-2018. Interim Vice-President for Advancement Shawnta Friday-Stroud announced the number at the FAMU Board of Trustees meeting last week. The number was from June 4, 2018.

The top donors are alumni, who gave $1.5M. The second largest giving group was corporations, which gave $950,000.

FAMU received $5.8M in gifts in 2014-2015 and $6.5M in 2015-2016. The total from 2016-2017 was $8.6M.

Friday-Stroud has been leading the Division of University Advancement since January 5, 2018. The fiscal year will end on June 30, 2018.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

NAA presents FAMU with check for $600,804.11

At the Board of Trustees meeting last week, the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA) presented the FAMU Foundation with a check for $600,804.11.

NAA President Gregory Clark gave the check to the university while being accompanied by other NAA officials. President Larry Robinson, Interim Vice President for Advancement Shawnta Friday-Stroud, BOT Chair Kelvin Lawson, and Director of Alumni Affairs Carmen Cummings accepted the donation on behalf of FAMU.

The contribution will be spent on student scholarships and other FAMU programs.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

FAMU Rising Fundraising Campaign aims to raise $6M

On May 25, 2018, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) launched a new annual fundraising campaign to increase funding for student scholarships and student success initiatives, as well as strengthen athletics, arts and history programs. The goal is to raise $6 million by the end of 2018.

The campaign was formally introduced during the FAMU National Alumni Convention in Orlando.

Aligned with the University’s 2017-2022 strategic plan, the FAMU Rising Fundraising Campaign aims to enhance FAMU’s national competitive position, producing highly-trained professionals with undergraduate and graduate degrees in even greater capacities.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Correction: FAMU tag program is mentioned on Advancement’s .edu page

The Rattler specialty license plate is mentioned on the FAMU Division of University Advancement page. The previous story has been corrected to include that information.

When the original story was written, it was based on the information at It’s link to “other giving opportunities” is This is what shows when that link is clicked:
But the “Giving Opportunities” link on the main Advancement page does work and it includes a paragraph about the Rattler tag program as part of a list of options for donating money.

The story from earlier today should have read that “Most SUS schools have an entire .edu page dedicated to specialty tag sales, FAMU still doesn’t.” Corrections have been made.

Most SUS schools have an entire .edu page dedicated to specialty tag sales, FAMU still doesn’t

Nine of the 13 schools in the State University System of Florida (SUS) have an entire page dedicated to specialty license plate sales on their .edu websites. But Florida A&M University isn’t one of them.

Florida Polytechnic University doesn’t have a specialty license plate. The University of South Florida has a site called run by its Alumni Association.

Even the smallest school in the SUS, New College of Florida, has an entire page on its .edu website dedicated to its tag. 

The FAMU Division of University Advancement is responsible for marketing the Rattler tag because the sales and renewals are part of the annual giving total for the school.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

FAMU Advancement website hasn’t posted a new Foundation Annual Report since 2013/2014 edition

The FAMU Division of University Advancement recently underwent a leadership change. One problem that the new interim vice-president needs to fix is the lack of consistency in posting Foundation Annual Reports to

A new Foundation Annual Report hasn’t been posted to that website since the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 edition.

Past editions of the report have included pie charts showing the major sources of annual gifts, honor rolls of donors, and news stories about how the contributions are being used.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

SBI, NAA, Athletics, tag sales, and faculty/staff raised at least $9.5M of FAMU’s $12.3M in FYEs 2015, 2016

Florida A&M University received $5.8M in gifts in 2014-2015 and $6.5M in 2015-2016. At least $9.5M of that was raised by the School of Business and Industry (SBI), the National Alumni Association (NAA), the Department of Athletics, FAMU tag sales, and the Faculty and Staff Campaign.

School of Business and Industry

SBI, led by Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud, was by far the biggest single source of fundraising leadership for FAMU in FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Universities are required by federal law to include pledges as part of their end-year fundraising total along with actual cash received. SBI alumnus John Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson pledged $5M to FAMU in Fall 2014, so that counted toward the $5.8M fundraising total in 2014-2015. But the Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

FAMU counted last year’s $1M from Thompsons toward its 2015-2016 total.

Back in December 2015, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels signed a commitment for his corporation to donate $1M to establish the Sybil C. Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair.

That brought the SBI fundraising total to $7M for FYEs 2015 and 2016.

Friday, January 05, 2018

FAMU dean who negotiated historic $5M Thompson gift appointed interim VP for advancement

Shawnta Friday-Stroud is the new Florida A&M University interim vice-president for advancement. She replaces George Cotton, who resigned effective today.

Friday-Stroud, who previously served as dean of the School of Business and Industry, led the negotiation process that resulted in a $5 million pledge from SBI alumnus John W. Thompson and his wife Sandra Thompson in Fall 2014. It is the biggest private gift in the history of FAMU.

The Thompsons are transferring the money to FAMU in installments of $1 million over five years.

Friday-Stroud is a professor of management. After graduating from SBI with her B.S. and M.B.A., she earned her Ph.D. in business administration/management from Florida International University. She has scholarly publications and consulting experience with public, private, and civic organizations in the areas of strategic planning, mentoring, leadership development, conflict management, and diversity training.

Back in 2008, Friday-Stroud chaired the leadership team for FAMU’s successful reaffirmation of accreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges of Schools.

Monday, December 18, 2017

FAMU tag sales, part of annual giving total, up for first time since 2013-2014

Florida A&M University specialty license plate sales and renewals are part of the annual giving total for the school. The FAMU Foundation reported that FAMU tags brought in $436,555 in 2016-2017. That’s the first increase since 2013-2014.

FAMU received $446,395.59 from tag sales and renewals in 2013-2014. That declined to $431,615 in 2014-2015 and then down again to $429,256 in 2015-2016.

Sales are still far below where they were in 2009-2010, when FAMU received $519,550 in tag revenue. Back in 2009, the Florida Legislature hiked up fees for vehicle registration. It later cut down the cost of some of those fees in 2013.

A FAMU tag costs an additional $25.00 per year on top of the regular auto registration fees. The money from tag sales goes to “academic enhancement” at the university.

FAMU has participated in the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles specialty license plate program since 1987.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Long-time, regular FAMU donors responsible for many notable financial gifts in 2016-2017

Florida A&M University had a big increase in its fundraising success for 2016-2017. The end-of- the-year total was $8.5M, up from $6.4M the previous year. Now the university is in the midst of an internal battle over who deserves most of the credit for that accomplishment.

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 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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

FAMU fundraising reaches record $8.6M for 2016-2017

Check presentations during the 2016 Florida Classic
Florida A&M University set a new record in fundraising during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. It received a total of $8.6 million.

Interim President Larry Robinson included that statistic in his annual self-evaluation, which the Tallahassee Democrat obtained through a public records request.

FAMU received $6.4 million in 2015-2016 and $5.8 million in 2014-2015.

Monday, May 29, 2017

FAMU NAA donates $273,734.28 to university

On May 27, the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association (NAA) gave the university a donation in the amount of $273,734.28. NAA President Lt. Col. Gregory Clark presented the check to Interim President Larry Robinson during the Fundraising Breakfast that was part of the NAA National Convention in Baltimore, Md.

According to the NAA’s official Facebook page, “this amount includes online donations. Near the end of the event, President Clark made a special call for $20 bills to raise those last few dollars. Alumni in the room and online responded with $11,046.00.”

Monday, April 10, 2017

Legacy Banquet raises $225,000 for FAMU athletics

It was a star-studded affair, representing the best of FAMU.  The Legacy Committee and the FAMU Foundation, Inc., presented one of the most effective and lucrative fundraisers in the history of the university.

The brainchild of the Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and a former FAMU trustee, the banquet was a fundraising initiative to assist FAMU Athletics.  He defined the event in his opening statement, saying “Thank you for your love and thank you for your support of our great institution.”

When all the fanfare subsided, the net result was $225,000 for the department.  Clearly it was one of the most successful campaigns in the history of the university.  The banquet honored 15 special Rattlers and was financially supported by several dedicated  businesses and individuals.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fundraising banquet will benefit FAMU athletics, honor community members

Tallahassee’s faith-based community is teaming up with the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Foundation for a unique fundraising effort that will benefit the University’s athletics programs and honor alumni and supporters who have contributed to FAMU’s rich legacy.

The Legacy Committee, founded and chaired by Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and consisting of local pastors and community members from across the Big Bend, will host its second Legacy Banquet on March 30, 2017 at 7 p.m. The banquet will be held in the Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium on FAMU’s campus and includes tributes to 15 honorees who have made a local and national impact in their respective fields, while supporting FAMU.

The focus of the banquet is to support the FAMU Athletics Department’s fundraising goals, which includes funding renovations to the historic Bragg Memorial Stadium.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tallahassee ministers to raise funds for FAMU, honor Rattlers at Legacy Banquet

A coalition of Tallahassee ministers and community members joined the Rev. R.B. Holmes last week to announce that the second annual Legacy Banquet will be held Thursday, March 30, 2017, in FAMU’s Grand Ballroom.

The banquet will serve as a fundraiser to complete a commitment from the ministers to raise $100,000 for FAMU. To date, the group has raised $64,356 thanks to last year’s banquet and additional efforts.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

FAMU Foundation receives $6.5M in contributions for 2015-2016

The Florida A&M University Foundation, Inc. finished the 2015-2016 year with a total of $6.5 million in contributions.

A press release by FAMU stated that “this is the largest single-year fundraising total in Florida A&M University’s 128-year history, only exceeding the $5.8 million raised in 2014-2015 after a renewed focus was placed on fundraising under the leadership of President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D.”

$5 million of the $5.8 million in 2014-2015 came from a gift by John W. Thompson, an alumnus of the School of Business and Industry (SBI) and chairman of the Microsoft Corporation Board of Directors. That donation was the result of a negotiating process led by SBI Dean Shawnta Friday-Stroud and her team that followed the fundraising model of founding SBI Dean Sybil C. Mobley. The negotiations took years to complete.

The FAMU press release didn’t include a breakdown of the gifts for the 2015-2016. But SBI continues to be a big source of university fundraising.

On May 26, 2016, Hershey Company Chairman Jim Nevels visited SBI and discussed his company’s decision to donate $1 million to FAMU to establish the Mobley Hershey Endowed Chair. He said Hershey’s great admiration for Mobley’s work led it to make that contribution to FAMU.  

Sunday, July 03, 2016

FAMU Foundation receives $266,000 from Washington, D.C. alumni for scholarships

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Foundation has received a gift of $266,000 from the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the University’s National Alumni Association (NAA). The gift is the largest donation ever received from a single alumni chapter. The funds will be used to establish the Washington, D.C. Chapter Annie B. Pharr Endowed Scholarship at the University. The donation is a result of an estate gift that was bequeathed to the chapter by the late Annie B. Pharr.

“We chose to establish the endowment at the FAMU Foundation so that Annie B. Pharr’s legacy could live forever while also helping the University fill in the funding gap for students,” said Chapter President Artie L. Polk, D.Min. “After meeting with President [Elmira Mangum] while she was visiting Washington, D.C. recently, the chapter decided to provide long-term resources that would help the University meet state metrics and assist in retaining and graduating students.”

Monday, April 04, 2016

Kyle Washington, now FAMU staffer, got in cursing matches on reality TV series

Back in 2009, Kyle Washington was a cast member of the BET reality TV show College Hill South Beach. It was the sixth season of the series.

A two part-episode called “Ribgate” featured a dispute between him and Kathryn “Kay” Barlow over a plate of ribs. Barlow ate some ribs that Washington had cooked without asking and he later let her know how angry he was.

The two got into a cursing match (which was one of many that Washington had on the show).

Sunday, March 27, 2016

FAMU deletes tweet sent from its official Twitter account to Tallahassee Democrat reporter

Florida A&M University (FAMU) has deleted a tweet that was sent from its official Twitter account to Tallahassee Democrat reporter Byron Dobson on March 26.

Dobson tagged the university’s official Twitter handle, @famu_1887, in a Tweet with a link to a story he had written. The story had the title: “Mangum’s moves trouble trustees, BOG member.” It discussed reactions by members of the FAMU Board of Trustees and a Florida Board of Governors member to recent actions by President Elmira Mangum.

The @famu_1887 Twitter handle tweeted him back with the statement: “@ByronDobson Thanks but no thanks! There is no need to tag us with these dark clouds! Just a reminder that when the dark clouds arise…”