September 20, 2013

President’s Fundraising Campaign Close Draws Near

University asks alumni, others to step up and donate $1,000 in the coming weeks

GSU President Frank G Pogue asks for continued generosity as campaign draws to a close.
GSU President Frank G Pogue asks for continued
generosity as campaign draws to a close.

Grambling, LA – With so many changes taking place in regard to financing for higher education, Grambling State University is looking for help from alumni and other supporters.

In September 2012, President Frank G. Pogue asked Gramblinites – alumni, faculty, staff and friends – to pledge a $1,000 donation, payable in incremental amounts or in one or two lump sum payments by homecoming on November 2, 2013.

As of late August, nearly $93,000 has been pledged and more than $6,000 in of that amount has been received. “It’s not too late. We still need donations as well as your support,” said Debra Johnson, interim associate vice president for development and director of alumni affairs. “The university will recognize all donors and all will be listed on university’s website.”

“I believe that we have many alumni who aren’t aware of the severity of budget cuts,” added Johnson, a 1978 alumna.  She noted that the university has lost about 57 percent of its state funding in the last several years, putting more of a financial burden on the institution and student families. Among other things, she said the money collected goes toward academic scholarships, athletics, the university emergency fund, chemistry equipment and supplies to help promote academic excellence.

The original deadline coincides with the culmination of homecoming activities the last week of October and the first couple of days of November, and the institutional advancement office will be collecting pledges and donations through the homecoming game against Mississippi Valley State University on Nov. 2. See for game details and tickets.

President Frank G. Pogue encourages GSU friends and supporters to contribute $1,000 or more to be among those who make contributions to the first $100,000 in his presidential “ask” campaign. “This is an important phase of the campaign as we go into the last few weeks,” said the president. “We need everyone to step up and donate or pledge. We’ll work with you to find a way to make it work for you.”

Donations can be made directly to Grambling State University to ensure that the university receives your personal contribution.  Checks, money orders and credit cards can be used to make contributions. Donors should contact Brenda Williams in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 318-274-6032 or


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