PHILANTHROPY

Honoring our past to

transcend our tomorrow.

Philanthropy made it possible for us to open our doors. Now, we have a window of opportunity to push our progress even further.

Campaign Progress

Current Amount:$472M+
Current Amount:$472M+
Goal:Goal:$600M
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Current Unique Donors

A history of giving.

Take a look at our most significant philanthropic milestones.

1955:

FAU establishes a foundation to solicit funds and raises three times the amount needed to begin building the University.

1998:

The Schmidt Family Foundation makes a gift of $15 million ($30 million with the dollar-for-dollar state match) and sets a record for private donations to public education in Florida.

2001:

Christine E. Lynn makes a $10 million gift ($20 million with the state match) to FAU’s nursing program, which now bears her name.

2016:

Bobby and Barbara Campbell make a gift of $5 million to create the Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center in the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

2016:

FAU receives a $5 million gift from Phil and Susan Smith to establish the Phil Smith Center for Free Enterprise at FAU’s College of Business.

2017:

The Schmidt Family Foundation makes a $16 million gift to provide funding for the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence.

2017:

Phyllis and Harvey Sandler make a $7 million gift to name the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work.

2020:

Former Kansas City Royals owner Avron Fogelman and his wife, Wendy, make a gift that includes their extensive collection of sports memorabilia, totaling $7.5 million.

2020:

Kurt and Marilyn Wallach donate $20 million to establish the Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Institute for Holocaust and Jewish Studies.

2021:

After giving more than $15 million in scholarship support, an anonymous philanthropist makes a gift of $6.4 million to The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program Fund, which gives academically talented, first-generation, low-income high school seniors the opportunity to attend FAU and graduate debt-free.

2021:

David J.S. Nicholson makes a $10 million gift to name FAU’s Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute at the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter.

2022:

FAU receives an estate pledge of $28 million from John and Ann Wood to support scholarships for students enrolled in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. This is the largest scholarship gift in FAU’s history and the largest known scholarship gift to a medical school at a Florida public university.

2022:

Holli Rockwell Trubinsky and Joseph Trubinsky make an estate pledge of $10 million to establish the Holli Rockwell Trubinsky Eminent Dean in Nursing.

2022:

Eleanor R. Baldwin makes a $7.5 million gift commitment to FAU Athletics, establishing our basketball and volleyball facility as the Eleanor R. Baldwin Arena.

2023:

FAU Receives $11.5 Million Gift to Combat Life-threating Illness from Boca Raton philanthropists John and Ann Wood.

2023:

FAU Receives Gift Worth More Than $5 Million to Establish the Bob Lappin and Palm Beach Pops Legacy, and Support Music Education.