Ignite co-founder Stephen Fain reflects on a decade of impact

In this issue of SOAR, we speak with Stephen Fain, Ed.D., the founding director of Ignite, founding member of the FIU faculty, and professor emeritus in the former College of Education (now the School of Education and Human Development). Since its creation in 2011, Ignite has become the most successful faculty and staff fundraising campaign […]

Generous donors find hundreds of millions of reasons to give to FIU

Beyond the eye-popping numbers, contributions to the university’s $750 million campaign stand out for their intentions –For FIU Magazine From proud alumni to the biggest names in philanthropy and beyond, the public is taking note of FIU’s rapid ascent — and investing hundreds of millions in its future. Recognizing FIU’s role as an anchor institution […]

Faculty and staff giving reaches $30 million over 10 years

On the heels of an auspicious fundraising year, during which FIU faculty and staff stepped up to support students and each other through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ignite Campaign 2021 launched on February 25 with a virtual celebration honoring the start of its tenth anniversary year.  The fiscal year 2020-2021 marks “A Decade of Giving” […]

Rosenberg family donates $1 million for scholarships

FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg and his wife, Rosalie, announced their $1 million donation to FIU for First Generation Scholarships at the launch of this year’s Ignite campaign, designed to encourage faculty and staff to give back to FIU. “As a first-generation college graduate myself, I understand what it means to receive financial assistance to […]

New 'Ignite: the Annual Faculty & Staff Giving' website launches

The FIU Foundation is pleased to announce the newly revamped website for Ignite: the Annual Faculty & Staff Giving campaign for FIU. The website address remains the same: ignite.fiu.edu. Key features of this upgrade include increased security, a mobile responsive format, and easier access for all faculty and staff to find and give to the […]

Inspired to Give and Succeed

FIU’s Division of Student Affairs has greatly increased its participation in this year’s Ignite Faculty & Staff Campaign, thanks to the team effort of its staff. One of them, Diana de Castro ’08, MBA ’12, played a critical role in assisting her supervisor and fellow Igniter Matilde Gramling in the endeavor.

Setting the Stage for FIU Theatre

A 30-year investment in building a successful theatre program at FIU is now further supported by matching funds. Associate professor, artistic director of FIU Theatre and chair of the Department of Theatre, Marilyn R. Skow matched dollar for dollar the donations of the department’s faculty and staff to the Ignite Campaign.

Faculty/staff campaign raises more than $2 million

FIU’s first-ever faculty and staff fundraising campaign, “Ignite,” has raised more than $2 million in five months. With gifts as small as $20 to large donations, members of the university community have funded scholarships, research programs, the arts, and many more programs. “This is the beginning of a sea change in our institutional culture,” says […]

Employees asked to support FIU through new Ignite campaign

FIU rolled out its first-ever faculty and staff fundraising campaign, “Ignite,” with a rousing call to action from founding faculty member Steve Fain. “I know it is tough to ask people for money,” Fain, chair of the new campaign, told a crowd of 400 in the GC Ballrooms Feb. 15. “But, it’s not for me, […]