Florida A&M University will end its successful fall semester with a special Giving Tuesday fundraiser.
As part of the national fundraising campaign, the university is asking alumni and supporters to help build a statue in honor of Frederick S. Humphries, Sr., eighth president of FAMU, who passed away in June at the age of 85.
Humphries is credited with increasing enrollment and expanding FAMU’s “golden age” university programs from 1985 to 2001.
One of Humphries’ sons, Laurence Humphries, said a statue was a great way to honor his father’s legacy.
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“It is important that Florida A&M remember the rich heritage of this great university. That’s why I’m proud to support this effort to raise funds for a statue of my father, Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, ”Humphries said in a prepared statement. “We are launching a campaign to ‘honor our heroes’; our intention is that this effort will be the first of many statues for those who have gone before us.
So far, the university has received $ 110,000 in donations for the statue. The ultimate goal is to raise $ 350,000 for the project.
Anyone wishing to donate should visit www.FAMURising.com for more information on the plans.
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Giving Tuesday is a national event that began in 2012 with the aim of encouraging people to do good, according to the Giving Tuesday website. The nonprofit has grown into a global movement, inspiring people around the world to give back each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Today, more than 70 countries and hundreds of communities participate.
For FAMU, Giving Tuesday follows a successful Homecoming 2021 and Florida Classic. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, vice president of academic advancement and executive director of the FAMU Foundation, said the university received more than $ 1 million in donations upon returning home.
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While FAMU raised a record $ 13.6 million in 2020-2021, the annual campaign fell short of its goal of increasing the percentage of alumni who donate. The university’s goal is to increase the number of alumni who donate for scholarships, sports, laptops and other student needs.
Marcelia Freeman, member of the board of directors of the FAMU Foundation, will extend her match to all new donors until June 30, 2022, paying special attention to those who have graduated within the past 10 years. Potential donors can also send a FAMURISING SMS to 41444.
In early summer in August, Freeman, a 2005 graduate of FAMU School & Industry’s five-year MBA program, and keynote speaker, challenged new donors by making donations “dollar for dollar up to 100,000. $ ”To the FAMU Foundation.
“We appreciate the generosity of our alumni and corporate supporters at this time of great need,” said Friday-Stroud. “Giving Tuesday provides another opportunity to support us as we raise funds for status for Dr. Humphries and other initiatives on campus. “
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