The FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy is a university platform for creating equitable systems, inclusive communities, and authentic belonging.

The FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy (FOIP) seeks to achieve systemic change though philanthropy – to generate support for people, programs, and research at FIU that will accelerate equitable opportunities, build inclusive communities, and create a culture of belonging for all people.

On the forefront of inclusive philanthropy, FOIP brings together development professionals, community and industry partners, foundations and corporations, and alumni and friends from diverse backgrounds to inform, implement and evaluate philanthropic strategy and programming that promotes this change. This includes scholarships and wrap-around support services for students, increased faculty diversity, strong and inclusive advisory board governance, social equity research, cultural competence trainings, and improved health and education outcomes.

FOIP empowers philanthropists as drivers of change and embeds them as partners in advancing transformative solutions to achieve 12 targeted equity outcomes. It hopes to lead other university foundations to this work, where they will find in FOIP a national model for inclusive philanthropy in higher education.

“FOIP is working toward systems change at the institutional level, to support areas of need identified by the university. We are not only focused on eradicating barriers to success for diverse students and faculty at FIU, but we are committed to seeking out more philanthropists of color who are interested in investing in FIU.”

Adjua “Maia” McGill, Senior Executive Director, Foundation Relations, and Founding Executive Director, FIU Foundation Office of Inclusive Philanthropy

A Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution – Diversity is FIU’s Competitive Advantage

  • 56,000students—the largest Hispanic-Serving Institution in the U.S.
  • 81%minority student population—64% Hispanic, 12% Black or African American, 3% Asian, 2% Multiracial, 0.05% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 1,000+veterans, military students, or dependents
  • 3,500students served by FIU’s Disability Resource Center
  • 51%of FIU students who applied for financial aid have an income of $30,000 or less
  • 23%of undergraduates are first-generation college students
  • #1in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students and #11 in awarding engineering degrees to African Americans
  • #3Most Diverse Medical Schools (U.S. News & World Report)

Targeted Equity Outcomes

  • Access to FIU Excellence
  • Social Capital Expansion
  • Culture of Inclusion and Belonging
  • Representation in the Field
  • Diversified Pathway to the Professoriate
  • Inclusive Faculty Community
  • Inclusive Scholarship and Teaching
  • DEI Philanthropic Leadership
  • Diversity in Giving
  • Improved Lives for Women and Girls
  • Thriving Communities
  • Accessible Communities