In 1970 FIU was a promise – a university in-the-making. Today, fueled by the power of philanthropy, we are making a tangible impact on the national higher education landscape with over 180,000 graduates.

Over the past five years, FIU has grown by nearly 10,000 students but lost $72 million in state funding. Today, more than ever before, our donors make a difference – providing critical funding as we transition from a state-supported to state-assisted institution.

In partnership with our donors, we foster student-centered academic excellence and develop research-based solutions to critical challenges locally and globally. Since 1970, our donors have created 150 endowed scholarships and 38 endowed professorships or chairs – resources that will guide our 21st century growth.


Building a New University

Charles Perry at TowerIn 1970 the founding president of FIU, Chuck Perry, sent the following letter to prospective donors, in preparation for the University’s opening in September 1972:

We believe that our rare opportunity to build a new university for the future gives us awesome responsibilities: the most important to create a university truly responsive to the needs of society. To build this kind of institution, we recognize that private funds must be obtained to supplement state support.

With this in mind, we are inviting a selected number of community leaders to become “Founders” of the university. We hope you will join in this effort.

On May 1, 1970 the FIU Foundation received its first donation of $500.

More than four decades later, FIU aspires to increase its endowment to $1 billion by the year 2020. Realizing this vision will depend on the generosity of donors who share our commitment to Worlds Ahead excellence.

Richard Brilliant MS ’93: Helping Students Chart a Course for Success

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–By Clara-Meretan Kiah for FIU News As part of the Next Horizon “crew,” Richard Brilliant MS ’93 plays an integral (more…)

Wertheims Make $10 Million Gift to Enhance Performing Arts at FIU

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–By Sissy Garland for FIU News Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim have announced a $10 million naming gift to the FIU (more…)

Transformational Gift Helps Renowned School Grow

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University breaks ground on second phase of Green School building –By Amy Ellis for FIU News Pointing to three flags waving (more…)

Bells’ $5 Million Gift to Build Interfaith Chapel

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FIU’s rich diversity and global mix of students is reflected in a broad spectrum of spiritual traditions practiced throughout its (more…)

"FIU has been my home for more than 40 years. When I support the university through financial donations, I am only returning a small portion of the benefits the university has given me and my family."

− Darden Pyron, Professor of History, Founding Professor of FIU’s College of Arts & Sciences, Senior Honors Fellow

"An investment in FIU is an investment in the future of the South Florida community and the state."

− Scott Norberg, J.D., Professor of FIU’s College of Law

"The planned gift is my way of saying thank you to FIU for starting me on my career in the hospitality industry. Hopefully other alumni or friends of the university will realize that a monetary gift benefits FIU and furthers the education of current or future students."

− John E. Onachilla ’77, graduate of FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

"I have been on the other side seeking scholarships and loans. Knowing how frustrating it can be, I give to causes that support students…. It is a very small token of appreciation, but I hope the little I do will make a huge difference."

− Kalai Mathee, Ph.D., Professor & Founding Chair, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, of FIU’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

"We are proud to partner with FIU, Miami’s public research university. So many of our students need financial assistance to access the opportunities an FIU education can provide."

− Nathan Kurland, Chair of the Miami Bayside Foundation Board of Directors

Why Give

Because every donor makes a difference in transforming FIU and advancing the institution to its next horizon.

Where to Give

Invest in the areas of FIU that are the most meaningful to you and inspire you to make a difference through the power of philanthropy.

How to Give

Learn the ways you can give or get involved to make the difference you desire.

Give Now

Every donor makes a difference. Learn how you can give now to help FIU get a step closer to reaching its next horizon.