DreamMakers Breakfast raises more than $250,000 for First Gen scholarships

Over 200 guests attended this year, including Lourdes “Luly” Balepogi, chair-elect of the President’s Council and chair of the First Generation Task Force, who said that for her the most powerful part of the DreamMakers event is always the student testimonials. “When we hear the story of our speaker and of the students we share […]

Say thanks to our donors on social media with #FIUThanks

Thanks Day is one of the biggest days of the year because it gives students and the FIU community a chance to say “Thank You” to our incredible donors. This year, Thanks Day falls on Nov. 12 and 13, and our digital team wants to take the gratitude to social media. To show your appreciation […]

FIU announces 2014-2015 Foundation Board officers

The Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors has appointed five new officers, including Thomas M. Cornish, Richard Brilliant, Kathryn G. Chase, Adalio T. Sanchez and Carlos B. Castillo. “Having these distinguished individuals lead our Foundation Board is an honor,” said Howard Lipman, CEO of the FIU Foundation Inc. and senior vice president for University […]

New FIU Foundation Board of Directors members announced

The FIU Foundation Board of Directors has appointed Stacey J. Oddman and Wasim Shomar as its newest members. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Oddman and Shomar as part of our board,” said Howard Lipman, President & CEO of the FIU Foundation and Senior Vice President for University Advancement. “They bring a wealth of […]

FIU’s creative programming earns CASE awards

A combined fishing tournament and rockin’ dock party that netted nearly $28,000 for scholarships is one of several creative endeavors that recently won recognition for the university. The fundraiser took top honors in its category in the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) annual regional competition. The contest is a forum for educational […]

Why I Give Back: Alumnus reflects on the personal nature of philanthropy

By Tom Jelke ‘90 When I was growing up, my mother was a busy and active volunteer, giving time to various service organizations and organizing church fundraisers. She did this when she didn’t have a dime in Cuba, and continued even when she was better off financially years later in Miami. That emphasis on helping […]

College of Law receives $1.2M gift from Spak family

Theodore “Ted” Spak is such a fan of the FIU College of Law that he gave the college a gift before it welcomed its first class. More recently, he and his wife Rosalind Spak made history again with a $1.2 million planned gift — the College of Law’s largest endowment to date. “The Spaks are an […]

Supporting FIU’s Top Graduates

Committed to excellence in graduate education, FIU’s University Graduate School (UGS) offers fellowship opportunities for students from across the globe. The most prestigious among the fellowships awarded by UGS, the Presidential Fellowship, attracts top-quality graduate students to doctoral degree programs at FIU and provides a stable platform to help launch their careers.

Courage to Reach Beyond Her Limits

Senior hospitality management major, Mary Ondari, bravely pushed past the cultural norms of her native country of Kenya to forge a better future for herself. Over the past year, FIU has served as her ticket to a world of possibilities.