Educational Institutions

Florida State University Foundation Inc

  • Tallahassee, FL
  • WWW.FOUNDATION.FSU.EDU

Mission Statement

The Florida State University Foundation enhances the academic mission and vision of The Florida State University through its organize fundraising activities and funds management. The FSU Foundation accomplishes its mission by fostering relationships with alumni and friends, advocating charitable giving and raising funds on behalf of FSU; soliciting contributions for academic purpose as part fo FSU's overall advancement effort

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Orlando

ruling year

1963

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Dr. Thomas William Jennings

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Also Known As

FSU Foundation

EIN

59-6152180

 Number

1893223903

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) was created in June 2000 by legislative mandate to educate and develop exemplary physicians who practice patient-centered health care, discover and advance knowledge, and respond to community needs, especially through service to elder, rural, minority and other underserved populations. The legislation also required the creation of a pipeline program to prepare a culturally diverse population of students for the rigors of college, graduate school, and the Florida health-care workforce. SSTRIDE (Science Students Together Reaching Instructional Diversity and Excellence) is an outreach program developed to provide middle and high school students in counties without academic and career exploration resources opportunities to explore potential health care careers. SSTRIDE provides academic support and assistance to participants from grade 8 and through college. This support consists of personal development, academic achievement, and community involvement through tutoring, mentoring, standardized test preparation, and professional development. Its advanced curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, career shadowing, educational field trips, and community service. Data from 2001-2013 for middle and high school enrollment in SSTRIDE reflect its effort to reach an ethnically diverse group of students interested in medicine and health science professions: 41.1% black, 38.1% white, 7.5% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and about 7% other/ unreported ethnicity. Students from underserved communities that enter SSTRIDE go from dreams to possibilities. From 1994-2014, 100% of SSTRIDE students graduated high school and 98.6% of SSTRIDE were admitted to college; 62% chose to major in science, math or healthcare fields. SSTRIDE is an integral part of the FSU COM's mission and continues to expand based upon the academic success of its students. It is now located in 6 counties: Leon, '94; Madison and Okaloosa, '03; Gadsden, '04; Orange, '14; Walton, '15; and Collier, '16

Programs

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Program 1

Program 1

The Florida State University Foundation expends funds for purposes that enhance the academic mission of The Florida State University including salary support, scholarships, fellowships, research, equipment, supplies, travel and other related expenses These funds enhance the academic excellerice of the University and the leaming experience of students

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$35,910,622.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Orlando

Funding Needs

Orlando SSTRIDE works with students at Jones High School who are interested in attending college. One of the most pressing needs is the lack of funds to continue the program. We need funding so the following components can be continued: 1. Tutors for the after-school tutoring program 2. Teaching assistants for the in-school SSTRIDE Class 3. Supplies for hands-on science lessons 4. Transportation and food for educational field trips 5. ACT Preparation through Kaplan

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THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Florida State University Foundation Inc

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Principal Officer

Dr. Thomas William Jennings

BIO

Tom Jennings became vice president for university advancement at Florida State University and president of the FSU Foundation in September 2010. In this role, Jennings leads the University's fund-raising and alumni relations activities, overseeing the FSU Alumni Association, FSU Foundation, FSU Real Estate Foundation, and the Seminole Boosters. Florida State is engaged in the leadership gifts phase of a $1 billion+ comprehensive campaign.Prior to coming to FSU, Jennings served as assistant vice president for school programs and institutional priorities at University of Virginia. During more than eight years with UVA, Jennings served previously as associate dean for development in the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. At Arts & Sciences, Jennings led the strategic planning and implementation of a $500 million comprehensive campaign. Before that, he worked in fund-raising roles for ten years at Washington & Lee University (Lexington, VA), serving ultimately as director of university development.Jennings is a respected leader within the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), delivering numerous presentations at CASE conferences and serving as co-chair for the CASE District III annual conference in 2012. He currently serves on the CASE-III Board of Directors and leads its Legislative Advocacy Committee.A native of Delaware, Jennings earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in psychology from James Madison University (VA) and his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Florida State University College of Medicine is addressing disparity between the need for rural and minority physicians and the pool of qualified applicants. The outreach and advising aspects of the program are unique and comprehensive. SSTRIDE is innovative in that it provides a holistic support system to middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a science or health career. The program includes a challenging in-school elective course, academic enrichment and intervention, mentoring (both in-school and after-school), inquiry-based instruction, educational trips, professional development, leadership opportunities, community service, and parent engagement, and family support meetings. We have retained the same educational partnerships since the program's inception. That leadership team (Deans, Associate Deans, and faculty) is committed to involvement in all aspects of the program as well as expansion of the programs reach. Our focus on collaboration is a vital component—we have local commitments to allow the program to function during the school day in seven Florida counties. As an outreach program, we are comprehensive—SSTRIDE provides comprehensive support services for students from middle school to undergraduate degree and on to medical school. Our holistic approach to recruiting students into our medical school enabled us to achieve diversity of 20% or more in each medical school class year. Finally, we dedicate significant resources for curricular improvement and in the collection of data to evaluate program outcomes. To date, of the 1,152 high school graduates tracked from 1994-2014: 98.6% were admitted into college; 62% majored in science, math or healthcare fields; 94% of our college student mentors were admitted to medical and graduate programs. SSTRIDE empowers underrepresented students to make their dreams of becoming world-class scientific and medical professionals a reality. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

John William Thiel

Merrill Lynch

Term: July 2014 - June 2016

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