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Our donors are an engaged, integral part of the NSU community.

100% of the university's leadership staff has made a monetary gift to the university. The Royal Dames have championed cancer research at NSU for 45 years. The NSU Susie and Alan B. Levan Ambassador’s Board members recruit and inform new supporters of NSU’s mission. Members of the Shark Club support NSU’s student-athletes. And many others actively contribute to broaden NSU’s impact on the community and the world.

This page introduces some of the groups that comprise NSU’s annual leadership giving.

100% are Donors to NSU

25% donate at the Fellows Society level.


100% are Donors to NSU

63% donate at the President’s Associates level or above.

The President’s Council comprises NSU deans, vice presidents and executive directors.


The mission of the NSU Susie and Alan B. Levan Ambassador’s Board is to enlist widespread and active support for the university’s development efforts, promote NSU programs, and serve as university ambassadors in the community. Members are passionate about strengthening South Florida through education, economic development, health care, and civic services. 

Membership to this premier individual and corporate development organization for NSU is by invitation only.

Contact Stan Linnick at 954-262-2110 for more information. 


Since 1974, the Broward International Women’s Club (BIWC) has dedicated proceeds for the purpose of “Changing the World One Woman at a Time”. Funds raised through the BIWC’s social and fund-raising events as well as private donations provide scholarships that assist deserving female foreign students in obtaining higher education at NSU.

BIWC membership consists of women born anywhere in the world and living in South Florida. In addition to funding scholarships, the purpose of the Club is to promote a better understanding among different countries of the world and share knowledge of heritage, language, customs and cultures.


Circle of Friends members support intellectual and cultural resources at the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center.

Circle of Friends Page

Members at all levels help NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale present high-caliber art, education and public programs for all to enjoy.

NSU Art Museum Website

In the early 1960s, a group of civic-minded businessmen met at Cope’s Restaurant in downtown Fort Lauderdale to discuss over breakfast the region’s rapid growth and future potential. They nicknamed themselves the Oatmeal Club.

Despite never completing his college degree, the idea to help sustain South Florida’s growth through education was championed by member Stuart Synnestvedt. The dream: a unified educational system spanning early childhood to Ph.D.  The first step: a postgraduate research institution concentrating on science and technology to provide highly-trained professionals to support the area’s emerging industrial and government entities.

Original Oatmeal Club members: Myron Ashmore, Charles Forman, Jack Hines, Joseph Rushing and H. Stuart Synnestvedt.

Other founding donors: James Donn, Sr., James Farquhar, Charles Forman, Hamilton Forman, William and Norma Horvitz, Abraham Mailman, Louis W. Parker, Edwin & Ester Rosenthal, the Royal Dames. 

Shark Circle Member ($1,000,000+)

Cancer research and treatments have come a long way. But in 1969, the disease was considered a death sentence by most. Inspired by NSU's acclaimed cancer researcher, an original membership of 100 women determined they would partner with NSU to battle the disease. “Man is not destined to die of Cancer” is the Royal Dames' motto, and they have been supporting NSU’s cancer research efforts for 45 years and counting.

Through the Shark Club, donors directly impact the lives of more than 300 student-athletes participating on 17 varsity teams. Alumni and community support allows our student-athletes to pursue academic excellence and strive to achieve the highest level of success in NCAA competition.

Whether it be facility expansion, equipment upgrades, or enhancing the academic support programs in the department, your contribution will allow us to continue providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes.

NSU Shark Club