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$6,990,615 for student scholarships

$6,990,615 for student scholarships

More than $3.5 million was raised for First Generation scholarships, which went to more than 1,500 students.
  • This is more than three times the number of scholarships awarded last year!
  • The average award was $2,250
  • These funds helped students move toward timely graduation. Our improved timely graduation rates are reflected in our state performance metrics, which led to our being ranked #2 for the State.

FIU is ranked #1 among public universities in Florida for faculty and staff giving.
The Ignite campaign for faculty and staff had more than a 73% participation rate and raised over $8.6 million- more than four times last year’s $2.1 million.

in new commitments from individuals

35 new endowments were pledged in FY 17-18 with a value of $7,274,000. Since 2009, 144 new endowments have been pledged & funded, and the value of FIU’s overall endowment has more than doubled.

  • $57M+

    second highest fundraising year for FIU

  • $33M

    second highest year for cash gifts donated to the university

  • $25M

    largest number of $1 million+ gifts — 15 donations

  • $10M+

    in new planned giving commitments, including three gifts from Foundation Board members

  • $10M+

    in new and/or first-time donor gifts

Philanthropic Highlights

$1 million from Jorge M. Peréz and Darlene Boytell-Peréz, ARNP ’89, MSN ’96 to the Honors College to keep high-achieving students in South Florida

$600,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help displaced students from Puerto Rico with an additional $200,000 from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

$2 million from Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer to create a Center for Muslim World Studies

$1 million lead gift from CasaCuba Board Chairman, Agustín R. Arellano, Sr., to support CasaCuba

$1.2 million from Bridgegate Pictures Inc. to prepare students for careers in augmented reality — predicted to be a $100 billion industry by 2025

Helping Shape The Next Generation

See stories of empathy and determination proving to be a powerful duo, cultivating a generation of leaders who just needed an extra push, and providing support to research initiatives.

Make A Difference

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Snapshot of Giving

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Graph

FIU Foundation and Subsidiaries

For fiscal year 2017-2018, the FIU Foundation’s investment portfolio returned 8%. The FIU Foundation’s endowment market value as of June 30, 2018, was $209 million. Four percent of the endowment market value, averaged over the 12 consecutive quarters ended December 31, 2017, was authorized by the Foundation board for spending in fiscal year 2018-2019.

Points of Excellence

FY2017: Carnegie Institution R-1 university. $127M in research awards. $177M in research expenditures.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded FIU and partners UCF and USF a $5 million, five-year grant for the collaborative Florida IT Pathways to Success project, which includes $1 million per school per IT scholarships.

#1 in U.S.

for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students and a national leader in granting STEM degrees to minorities.

FIU is ranked as one of the top 100 public universities in the country  by U.S. News & World Report.

FIU has been named one of the “10 Cool Colleges for Entrepreneurs”by Fortune Small Business magazine.

FIU is the youngest university awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

FIU Panthers constitute the fastest-growing university alumni group in Miami-Dade County (200,000+ alumni).

New & Notable



With 16 patents and commercial ventures in 2016 and an increase in invention disclosures of over 100%, FIU may make the list of the top 100 universities in the world to be granted U.S. utility patents.


Custom Content Programming

In February, FIU’s Center for Leadership outranked the Ivy League schools to garner two prestigious LEAD2017 Awards; considered the “Oscars of H.R.,” FIU won 1st place for Custom Content Programming and #2 in the fiercely-competitive Open Enrollment Programs category.

Recognition in all



The only university in the country this year to receive recognition in all 12 categories of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, U.S. News & World Report recognized our FIU as one of the top universities in the country!


out of 342 in the 2017 Brooking Institution’s Ranking

Recognizing our success in providing access to higher education across the socioeconomic spectrum, in 2017 the Brookings Institution ranked FIU sixth out of 342 public universities for stewardship of public funds in two categories – producing research, and providing low-income students with paths to opportunity. Only 20% of the nation’s public universities accomplish both objectives.


as the Engaged Campus of the Year at the Florida Campus Concept Annual Awards Gala

In recognition of our commitment to community engagement and public service, our FIU was recognized as the Engaged Campus of the Year at the Florida Campus Compact Annual Awards Gala! FIU’s nomination highlighted a number of community engagement initiatives, including the Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP program. ACCESS, the university’s partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, also received recognition as a partnership that produces measurable results while enhancing higher education. This is FIU’s second time being recognized as the Florida Campus Compact Engaged Campus of the Year.

FIU Foundation, Inc. Leadership

Behind the stories are the people who make it happen. This group of dedicated leaders is committed to fostering FIU’s core values.