ATLANTA – Georgia State University raised $61.2 million in contributions from more than 6,600 donors in the fiscal year ending June 30. This continued a three-year trend of the university recording the three highest single-year fundraising totals in its history.
“The incredible generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends, including our corporate and foundation partners, is a testament to their commitment to Georgia State’s mission and place as a university for all,” said M. Brian Blake, president of Georgia State University. “As a university, we’ve just embarked on an ambitious 10-year strategic plan, and this kind of outstanding support is critical to helping us advance our goals of building on our nationally recognized student success initiatives, adding opportunities for student career-readiness, boldly pursuing innovative research with impact and making our campuses more rewarding, sought-out destinations for students.”
The fiscal year was marked with continued high levels of support for Georgia State students, highlighted by GSU being selected as a partner university for the prestigious Stamps Scholars program. Georgia State joins 36 other top higher education institutions, including Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, the University of Michigan and the University of Texas, in offering Stamps Scholarships to undergraduates. Starting in the 2023-24 academic year, the Stamps Scholarship will be the top scholarship award offered by the university.
The university also received a transformational $15 million grant from The Starr Foundation to dramatically expand the risk management program in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. In recognition of this gift, the university will rename its Department of Risk Management as the Maurice R. Greenburg School of Risk Science.
Additionally, students and prospective students in Georgia State’s Department of Respiratory Therapy received a boost from the Wellstar Foundation through a grant that will increase the enrollment in the program. A grant from the Mellon Foundation will fund a first-of-its-kind literary journal created by and for incarcerated writers. Also of note, Perimeter College at Georgia State received a grant from the Georgia Power Foundation to expand the college’s Prison Education Program, which awarded degrees to its first cohort of incarcerated students this spring.
“Georgia State’s donors and philanthropic partners really came through in fiscal year 2023, generously leading the university again to fundraising highs that were nearly unimaginable just a few years before,” said Telly McGaha, interim president of the Georgia State University Foundation. “Their commitment to our mission enables Georgia State to continue supporting students at high levels and creating even more opportunities across the university. We thank all our supporters for helping unlock Georgia State’s – and its students’ – unlimited potential.”
Nearly 5,000 donor-funded scholarships were awarded during fiscal year 2023. Students also received critical support through the nearly 8,600 Panther Retention and Emergency Assistance grants provided.
Explore Georgia State’s FY23 State of Advancement report for more information and stories on how donor dollars are creating opportunities across the university. Find a cause to support and make a gift at giving.gsu.edu.