FAU PROFILE: Development

The FAU Foundation encourages, promotes and solicits private funds and other resources for the benefit of FAU and the advancement of higher education. It also builds and stewards relationships with all constituencies while communicating critical and ongoing fundraising needs necessary to advance the goals and objectives of the University and the FAU Foundation, including scholarships, professorships, teaching, research, facilities, academics, athletics and public service.

The Division of University Advancement includes development, gift planning, advancement communications, advancement events, alumni relations, advancement services and the FAU Foundation staff — approximately 32 staff members. Development operations are a hybrid centralized/decentralized model with some fundraising staff assigned to colleges.

By the numbers:

  • As of June 30, 2009 the FAU Foundation listed assets of $142.3 million.

  • $13.4 million in gifts and commitments were raised in fiscal year ending June 30, 2009 (goal was $12.8 million).

  • The Foundation documented $4.9 million in deferred gifts in FY09.

  • There were more than 4,905 donors to FAU in FY09, a 24 percent increase over the previous year.

  • The Foundation secured two gifts totaling more than $1.2 million to support the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in FY08.

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