Florida A&M University campus (Photo: Joe Rondone/Democrat)
Florida A&M University scored big last weekend, with the National Alumni Association reporting donations of more than $500,000 during its fundraising effort as part of Founders’ Day activities.
NAA President Col. Greg Clark is seizing on that momentum by extending the fund drive for the month of October, the university said in a release Wednesday.
“Money is still coming in. We are going to keep the birthday link up for the rest of the month,” Clark said. “Because of the love and admiration they have for FAMU, people just want to continue to give.”
Clark said $45,000 was donated during one day of online giving, mostly from $133 donations requested from alumni, in honor of FAMU’s 133 years of existence.
Students were asked to contribute $18.87 in commemoration of the year the university was founded.
“There are people who never gave to FAMU before. Actually, we are in a position to drive up the giving percentage,” Clark said.
On Oct. 3, administration officials celebrated 133 years since the University was founded. The NAA held a virtual Leadership Summit along with the fundraiser.
The push comes to make up for the shortfall in fundraising and revenues that would normally accompany homecoming festivities, especially the homecoming game, canceled due to the global pandemic, the university said.
Money raised will to go to the Athletics Department, FAMU CARES, a program to meet a variety of student needs, and the NAA’s Save Our Students scholarship program, which provides financial aid to enable seniors to pay off outstanding fees so they could enroll and graduate.
FAMU is graded on its four-year graduation rate as part of the Florida Board of Governors Performance Based Funding metrics.
Shawnta Friday-Stroud, vice president for University Advancement, said the fundraising will make a big difference in the lives of students.
“We are humbled and encouraged by, and thankful for, the support of our alumni,” Friday-Stroud said. “Their generosity during these trying times is greatly appreciated.”
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