Albany State University sees fundraising success

Albany State University (ASU) has seen fundraising success by raising $1.1 million in fiscal year 2021, making it the third year of consecutive growth. This resulted in awarding $256,976 in scholarships to 409 students. 

“The financial support ASU Foundation provides our students has an important impact on their academic excellence and student success,” said President Marion Ross Fedrick. “The Albany State University alumni, campus community, friends and supporters came together once again in support of student access and success.”

From fiscal year 2020 to 2021, the ASU Foundation saw an increase of 505 donors. Alumni participation has also increased consecutively the past three years, with a 65% increase from 2019. 

“Even in a challenging year, our alumni, supporters, and over 700 new donors, which included over 250 new alumni donors supported our students through giving. We are appreciative of the generosity of our Ramily and friends,” said Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the ASU Foundation, A.L. Fleming. “Each gift not only makes a difference for our students, but directly impacts the southwest Georgia community.”

A $40,000 donation from the Million Dollar ASU Scholarship Club includes funds for student-athlete scholarships on the ASU Women’s basketball, volleyball and softball teams. Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church, a long-term supporter of ASU, is the founding organization of the Million Dollar ASU Scholarship Club. The club is made up of members from local churches, community leaders, and friends and family of ASU. 

The ASU Athletics Golf Classic raised $44,700 toward student-athlete scholarships. An estimated 70 plus golfers came out to participate in a golf day full of food, fun and Golden Ram pride. 

Golden RAM Tuesday, a day of giving for the ASU Foundation raised $103,877. The ASU Foundation exceeded its initial fundraising goal of $25,000 by raising $76,659 in 24 hours. 

The ASU Foundation is underway to reaching their $2 million goal for fiscal year 2022, with over $700,000 already raised. 

As the University grows, the need for support grows alongside it. 

“Homecoming is the perfect time to see how ASU's impact has grown, as seen in newly renovated facilities, excellent academic programs and scholarly activity,” added Fedrick. “We hope that coming home will inspire our alumni and friends to consider making a contribution.” 

“I would like to stress the importance of our donors and contributors, who make it possible for the ASU foundation to help students stay in school through need and merit-based scholarships. Thank you for making this all possible,” said ASU Foundation Board Chairman, Gregory Hylick. 

In addition to supporting students, the ASU Foundation supports the University’s colleges, departments and programs, faculty and facility needs across the University.