The FIU Alumni Association is making strategic changes to evolve our alumni programming and become more aligned with the priorities of the university. Effective immediately, all graduates belong to the FIU Alumni Association. We are no longer operating under a membership fees structure. All of our 200,000 alumni will be privy to all the perks and services we offer as an Alumni Association.
This organizational change will be seamless to active annual and lifetime members. We will continue to provide you with unique benefits and the same access to alumni events, programs, and publications to which you are accustomed. As an added value to you, your membership will now be counted as a charitable gift, which is tax deductible. You are now official donors of the university!
As an added bonus, our dedicated paid lifetime members will be amongst the first to be recognized as FIU Forever Panthers donors. Your benefits will be expanding to include:
We are excited for the future evolution of our organization, which we hope will help us better serve all alumni.
Be on the lookout for more enhanced alumni programming in early 2016!
FIU’s move is part of a national trend. Over the last 10 years, the following public research universities have moved from a membership model to a donor centric, giving model: University of Connecticut, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, University of Colorado, Rutgers University, University of Central Florida, University of Georgia, San Diego State University, Cleveland State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, and University at Buffalo.
Our former membership dues model did not provide the amount of financial support necessary to maintain this model. Additionally, eliminating the dues based model will not negatively affect revenue since other revenue streams (institutional/advancement budget, affinity programs, merchandising, advertising, and fundraising) will account for any income reduction that may occur and still support our alumni programs.
The FIU Alumni Association is making strategic changes to evolve our alumni programming and become more aligned with the priorities of the university. We are confident that this move will help us build and strengthen affinity amongst alumni and will bring about a broader base of engaged alumni, allowing FIU graduates to connect with the university in new and numerous ways.
These changes have already taken effect.
We are no longer operating under a membership fees structure. All of our 215,000 alumni are now privy to all the perks and services we offer as an Alumni Association.
Your FIU Alumni Association annual or lifetime membership will now be counted as a charitable gift, which is tax deductible, and you will be considered a donor to the university and not a member. As a donor, you will be privy to all the perks and services we offer as an Alumni Association. You will also become a part of FIU Forever Panthers once you have reached the $600 total donation threshold.
You can make a $600 donation to the FIU Alumni Association to become part of FIU Forever Panthers. To make your gift, please visit FIUalumni.com/become-forever-panther or call 305-348-3334 or 1-800-FIU-ALUM.
To make a gift, please visit https://give.fiu.edu/give-now/alumni-association/ or call 305-348-3334 or 1-800-FIU-ALUM.
Yes, please visit FIUalumni.com/become-forever-panther.
Please call 305-348-3334 or 1-800-FIU-ALUM, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.