LEAD GIFTS

H. WAYNE HUIZENGA AND HUIZENGA FAMILY FOUNDATION

The entrepreneur whose business acumen and sales skills built three Fortune 500 companies and is responsible for six New York Stock Exchange listed companies is the benefactor to one of the nation’s few business schools with entrepreneurship in its name: H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. A subsequent donation helped to establish a sales institute at the college.

“I was instantly impressed with the sales institute concept and NSU’s commitment to arm students with effective skills that will give them a competitive edge in the business world.

I have always recognized the importance of strong sales skills as a fundamental attribute for business success, and am proud to have my name associated with this remarkable Sales Institute.”

-H. Wayne Huizenga

Passion

Business and entrepreneurship education and student success.

Vision

Providing cutting-edge education to shape the next generation of business professionals who will propel corporate America in new directions.

Impact

“The Huizenga name is attached to the most advanced sales and entrepreneurship training facility of its kind in the United States. Right here we have the opportunity to work with companies from all over the country to ensure that their salespeople have the skills that they need to succeed.”

- Jacqueline A. Travisano, Executive Vice President and COO

DON TAFT (1921-2011) AND DON TAFT FAMILY FOUNDATION

Don Taft was a retired senior executive whose business expertise was applied to a range of industries including wholesale, retail, entertainment, manufacturing, and distribution. He gave generously, not only through philanthropy, but also by dedicating his time and counsel.

“We are so honored to host Special Olympics on our campus. These athletes are an inspiration to our students and model what it truly means to be a champion.”

- William J. Kopas, M. Ed., Head of School, NSU University School

Passion

Enriching the lives and improving the confidence and self-image of hundreds of children and adults in our community who have intellectual disabilities.

Vision

Making NSU the only private university in the country with a local Special Olympics chapter, and creating facilities where students and athletes can collaborate, compete, and share.

Impact

The 366,000-square-foot Don Taft University Center features a 4,500-seat sports arena, a food court and lounge, a student wellness and indoor/outdoor fitness center, and venues for exhibitions and performances. Based on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, Special Olympics Broward County provides year-round sports training and competition in 22 sports to more than 3,000 children and adults. In addition to hosting annual tournaments in the Don Taft University Center with the help of NSU volunteer student-athletes, Special Olympics Broward County is now housed in the brand new Noel P. Brown Sports Center South expansion that is a part of NSU University School.