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FAMU's Day Of Giving raises more than $200K to assist students

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Posted at 11:13 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 11:13:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida A&M University has announced that the inaugural 1887 Strikes Day of Giving has raised $213,256.72 from 1,415 donors.

According to a press release, the campaign generated more than $100,000 in commitments the University will receive in the coming weeks.

“The Day of Giving was a banner day for Florida A&M University,” said President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “We asked supporters to give beyond until it hurt, but until they were numb, and they did. We are grateful for their sacrifice and their generosity during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

During #1887Strikes, FAMU and the National Alumni Association (NAA) partnered to raise funds for FAMU Cares, the NAA’s Save Our Students (SOS) Campaign, the Rattler Athletic Fund and FAMU’s more than one dozen colleges and schools.

The university says gifts to FAMU Cares allows the University to provide students with relief in the areas of housing, food insecurity, instructional technology, equipment and other unforeseeable challenges as a result of the current global health crisis.

The NAA SOS was established to provide retention scholarships for graduating students who need financial support to make it across the finish line.

The Rattler Athletic Fund helps pay for scholarships, academic services, facilities, operational support and championship caliber coaches. Donors were also encouraged to give directly to their preferred FAMU college or school.

“We are so grateful and appreciative for the donations that our Rattler family and friends gave during our Inaugural “1887 Strikes” Day of Giving to provide financial support for our students,” said Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., vice president of Advancement and head of the FAMU Foundation. “The unselfish contributions from our alumni and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic just reaffirmed that when challenged, Rattlers show up and show out.”

Friday-Stroud also stated that the successful campaign was a team effort with contributions from alumni, colleges, schools, and all the divisions within the University. “Teamwork truly makes the dream work,” she added, “and 1887 Strikes proves that “Together We Rise!”

To give, please visit http://1887strikes.com.