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Grambling State Announces $6.65 Million Three-Year Fundraising Campaign Total

Bring It Home Campaign Generates Millions Toward Student and University Advancement 

GRAMBLING, La – December 3, 2019 – Grambling State University has completed one of the largest fundraising campaigns in the institution’s history with $6,655,435 raised over the course of three years. Generous portions of the sum were donated by alumni and major donors such as the University’s new dining partner, SodexoMAGIC.

“The success of the campaign is a representation of the outpouring of support from the community,” said David Aubrey, chairman of the Grambling University Foundation. “Donors have made it clear that they believe in the University leadership and larger vision for Grambling State University and are dedicated to ensuring the best outcomes for our students.”  

Funds will support institutional programming and student scholarships. The campaign targeted Grambling State community and alumni with an annual goal of raising $1 million. The yearly breakdown of campaign results includes: 

  • $1.2 million in 2017, 
  • $1.4 million in 2018, and 
  • $4 million in 2019 including a $2 million investment from SodexoMAGIC and 1.2 million in scholarship grants. 

Funding the Future of North Louisiana Higher Education  
With a $1 million per year goal, the Bring It Home campaign was a bold declaration of the institution’s direction from the outset. With the 2019 groundbreaking of Louisiana’s first Digital Library & Learning Commons, a distinction for a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology and the possibility of Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in cloud computing on the horizon, funding is more urgent now than at any point in Grambling State’s history.  

“The pace of our growth in recent years is unprecedented, and our supporters are dedicated to making sure it continues,” said Grambling State President, Rick Gallot. “As our community continues to experience the University’s advancement, we will continue to see tangible evidence of their support for our students.” 

During the campaign’s second year, the University also gained approval to launch the state’s first 4-year cybersecurity degree program, which accepted its first cohort in Fall 2019. Funds from the Bring It Home campaign will help secure needed resources to augment the program. 

Grambling State Grads Give Back 

The University generated an unprecedented 150% increase in alumni participation and totaled over 5,700 gifts over the course of the campaign. University Vice President of Advancement Marc Newman credits the hard work of University staff for the effort to drive donor engagement. 

“Since Bring It Home began, we’ve garnered support from across the campus and across the nation,” said Newman. “The campaign was truly a University-wide initiative with stakeholders and affinity groups from across the spectrum participating.  We are excited about the number of first-time donors and gaining support from those who haven’t taken advantage of giving opportunities in years. The future of philanthropy at Grambling is very bright.” 

Newman spearheaded the Bring It Home campaign, leading the University Office of Advancement’s strategic donor engagement initiatives throughout the three-year charge.  

“Because the of the University’s family-like culture, our alumni are lifelong partners of the institution.” Newman added, “It’s no surprise that they were substantial contributors year after year.” 

Powered by Partners 

Along with alumni, sponsors and partners of the University made significant contributions to the institutions growing list of programs. Telecommunications giant AT&T and technology trailblazer IBM are among the list of investors in student success in computer science fields. In September, SodexoMAGIC gave the largest unrestricted donation of the campaign, $2 million, to be allocated to the University’s new STEM Grambling initiative, student gap scholarships, campus infrastructure upgrades and more.  

Student Financial Support 
From its start in 2017, the Bring It Home campaign has provided more than $1 million in direct support for students in need to include the establishment of 60 new scholarships and endowments.  Funding has impacted the balances of hundreds of students through a variety of scholarships including GAP, which is designed solely to support students in reaching the academic finish line. 

Research, Grants & Internships 
To date, Grambling State’s Bring it Home campaign has helped bring more than $1.2 million in grants. Those contributions help fund research, scholarships and cutting-edge programs. 

“The support we have gained through Bring It Home goes deeper than donations,” said Martin Lemelle, Grambling State’s Executive Vice President. “Powerful conversations around investment lead to a variety of possibilities for our students including research grants, unique internships and new networking opportunities with industry leaders.” 

GramTalks, a product of the Bring It Home campaign, are a budding addition to the University’s calendar in which Grambling State students have a forum-style conversation with top executives of the world’s leading organizations. The first of the series featured AT&T’s President of Public Sector and Wholesale Solutions, Xavier Williams. 

Closing Out the Campaign 

The three-year campaign ended with a cocktail and “kicks” ball in New Orleans where attendees dined and donated while mingling with celebrity supporters. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, CEO of SodexoMAGIC, opened the night by encouraging attendees to continue their trajectory of giving. Beacon Award were presented to honorary alumni including rapper E-40 and Dallas Chief of Police Renee Hall before performances by international recording artist Musiq Soulchild and Louisiana music legend, DJ Jubilee. A live online auction allowed non-attendees to participate in the final night of giving leading up to the announcement of the $6,655,435 three-year total. 

“It’s outstanding what we can accomplish with a clear vision and dedicated support,” said Newman. 

Ongoing University Support 

The Office of Advancement and the Grambling University Foundation are always accepting planned gifts, donations, and endowments. The next big push for support comes on December 3, Giving Tuesday, a worldwide charity support holiday. Donors are encouraged to visit to support the University on Giving Tuesday.  

SodexoMAGIC Makes History with $2 Million Donation to Grambling State

Magic Johnson’s International Conglomerate Invests in STEM, Technology Pilots, and Scholarships 

 _DSC4914GRAMBLING, LA — November 5, 2019 – Today, Grambling State announced that Magic Johnson’s SodexoMAGIC donated one of the largest unrestricted gifts in the University’s 118-year history. The $2 million contribution comes only four months into the multi-year partnership between the University and international food service and facilities management giant. 

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adidas™ to Open Custom MakerLab on Grambling State’s Campus November 1

Screen Shot 2019-10-31 at 4.21.01 PMAthletic Apparel Giant Celebrates Nearly Two-Year Partnership with University During Homecoming 

Grambling State welcomes global sports partner and multi-billion dollar corporation, adidas, to give 300 Homecoming attendees the opportunity to create their own screen-printed adidas apparel at the adidas MakerLab Friday, November 1 on the campus Yard from 1-6 p.m. 

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Grambling State Receives Designation for a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology

GRAMBLING, La – October 31, 2019 – Grambling State University receives recognition by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Board of Regents for a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).
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Grambling State Approved For First Steps Toward Offering Louisiana’s First Bachelor’s in Cloud Computing

Computer Science Leader & Coming Digital Library Home Receives Board-Level Support for New Degree  

Cyber security network concept. Master key connect virtual networking graphic and blur laptop with flare light effectGRAMBLING, La – October 30, 2019 – Grambling State University, Louisiana’s top producer of African-American Computer Science graduates, has received system approval to develop a proposal that would seek approval to offer the state’s first Bachelor of Science degree in Cloud Computing – marking the second Louisiana “first” degree program for the University in one year.  

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Happy 118th Birthday, Grambling State University!

4 Fun Ways You Can Celebrate GSU During Homecoming Week

GSU Football CrowdSince its founding on November 1, 1901, Grambling State has grown into an internationally renowned producer of African American leaders and a trendsetter for American culture.  

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Drew Brees-Autographed Football Among Prizes for Grambling State Event Guests

Bayou Classic Kicks Ball to Feature Silent Auction with Online Bidding Through Qtego

Bayou Classic 2019 Kicks Ball FlyerGRAMBLING, La – October 28, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University released a partial list of prizes available to guests of the Inaugural Presidents Bayou Classic Kicks Ball at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Attendees who participate in the event’s silent auction can take home a football autographed by New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, among other exclusive items.

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Grambling State Chosen as a Finalist in the 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands

World Famed Band Wins $20,000 Music Education Grant and Advances to Top Eight Competition

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GRAMBLING, La – October 28, 2019 – Grambling State’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band has been selected as a top eight finalist in the Honda Battle of the Bands. In addition to bringing home a $20,000 grant for the University’s music education program, the Band has landed a spot in the final competitive lineup at the 17th HBOB Invitational Showcase in Atlanta on January 25, 2020.

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Grambling State Hosts Student Financial Literacy Workshop at 12 p.m. Today

“Financially Lit” HBCU Tour Drives Student Economic Empowerment with Dr. Clement Ogunyemi

clementogunyemiGRAMBLING, LA – October 15, 2019 – Today at 12 p.m., the “Financially Lit” HBCU Workshop will visit Grambling State University offering personal financial management education to more than 100 students. The forum features author, financial consultant, and alumni Dr. Clement Ogunyemi, who is the founder and operator of 4Q Pro Financial Management and Consulting, LLC.  

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Nine-Year-Old Donor Hosts Yard Sale to Benefit Grambling State University

Chicago Family Raises Funds for Grambling State Student Advancement

IMG_8953GRAMBLING, La – October 14, 2019 –Philanthropist Alejandro Valadez Jr., age 9, hosted a garage sale in his Chicago community to benefit Grambling State University students when he learned of the ongoing Bring It Home campaign.

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