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HBCU Presidents Want Alumni To Give Back

Florida's HBCU Presidents sit amongst a panel during the Florida HBCU Impact Summit.
Marquel Brown
Florida A&M University SJGC

Presidents of Florida’s four Historically Black Colleges & Universities met on the campus of Florida A&M University to discuss the future of HBCU’s.

The university presidents were asked about future Challenges for their school. FAMU President Larry Robinson says one issue is alumni giving.

“We can’t simply rely on other folks to take care of us when the amount of alumni -- and I really love the alumni at Florida A&M University they do such a wonderful job -- but when you look at the community collectively and see that the percentage of alumni that give back is in the single digits, and we have done such wonderful things for them and their careers, something is wrong," said Robinson.

According to one study, on average a college graduate can expect to earn $1.1 million. A 2017 U.S. News & World Report study found that the average giving rate for HBCU’s was 11.2%.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.