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We are grateful for every gift we receive.

Your contributions make opportunities possible for the University and NSU students. Through your philanthropic efforts, you have helped build research labs, funded scientific discoveries, and supported the education of tomorrow’s leaders.

As donations to NSU accumulate, recognition levels advance. Donors have the opportunity to make a pledge and payment over a designated time frame or simply make an outright gift. Previous philanthropic giving to NSU is credited to the respective giving society levels. 

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We celebrate annual donors who give as little as $1 a month because small consistent gifts can add up to a larger impact than you might initially thought possible.

As cumulative giving reaches the benchmarks outlined below, members of the Fin Club will grow their collection of exclusive fin pins

  • YELLOW FIN ($1 - $250)
  • RED FIN ($251 - $500)
  • GREEN FIN ($501 - $750)
  • BLUE FIN ($751 - $999) 

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Donors who give $1,000 - $4,999 for the current fiscal year (NSU's Fiscal Year campaign ends June 30 of each year) are part of NSU’s longest standing giving society, the President’s Associates. (This includes Changing Lives scholarship donors.)


A year into his presidency, Abraham S. Fischler, Ed.D. founded the President’s Associates to recognize donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more to NSU. Forty-three generous donors made the President’s Associates inaugural roster.

Your gifts support students whose dream it is to attend our nationally-recognized research universityand faculty members whose dream it is to make the world a better place by inspiring young minds, advancing scientific research and expanding outreach initiatives.

Please consider making the annual President’s Associates roster a giving tradition, and renew or make your annual gift of $1,000 - $4,999 by May 1st, in time to join us for the Presidents’ Associates Reception.  

Small Recurring Gifts Yield Big Impact





 *Commit to giving $1,000 for five years and name your own Changing Lives Scholarship.

Today, NSU continues to fulfill dreams to make better people’s lives and improve our community thanks in no small part to members of NSU’s Fellows Society -- individuals, corporations, and trusts who have made cumulative gifts of $50,000 or more. NSU's Shark Circle honors Fellows whose lifetime giving reaches $1 million or more.

Fellows also are recognized on the Fellows Monument located on Fellows' Way between the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center and the Carl DeSantis Building. 

Donors at this level are inducted into the Fellows Society each year during a special ceremony in the Fall.

Scholarship donors also have a unique opportunity to meet recipients at “The Big Thank You” annual luncheon. Scholarships enable deserving students throughout the university to pursue their dreams of undergraduate and graduate degrees.  This financial assistance further ensures NSU’s growth in teaching, research, service, and learning.

Gold Fellow

$500,000 - $999,999

Silver Fellow

$250,000 - $499,999

Bronze Fellow

$100,000 - $249,999



NSU’s elite Shark Circle comprises Fellows Society members who contribute lifetime gifts of $1 million or more.

Members are acknowledged at the annual Celebration of Excellence event and are provided a replica of Kent Ullberg’s mako shark monument that is the centerpiece of the shark fountain in front of NSU’s Don Taft University Center. They are also recognized on the Fellows Monument, located on Fellows' Way between the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center and the Carl DeSantis building.

Diamond Shark Circle


Emerald Shark Circle

$5,000,000 - $9,999,999

Ruby Shark Circle

$2,500,000 - $4,999,999

Shark Circle

$1,000,000 - $2,499,999

NSU’s founding date is used for our leadership giving society of donors who make planned gifts to NSU. Special vehicles with benefits to the donor and university include bequest by will or living trust, retirement plan assets, charitable gift annuity, retained life estate, charitable lead trust, charitable remainder annuity trust, and charitable remainder unitrust.

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Highlights of What NSU Has Meant to the Community

  • NSU engages students in a challenging and personalized education from pre-K to doctoral degree.
  • NSU provides pathways to professional success through high-quality and relevant curriculums at the bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional levels.
  • NSU’s commitment to scientific and technological exploration led to the opening of NSU’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems and a Center for Collaborative Research that is currently under construction.
  • NSU’s annual economic impact on the state of Florida is $2.6 billion.
  • NSU delivers tangible benefits beyond education, including physical infrastructure; a professional workforce; employment opportunities; delivery of health care and law services in Broward and Miami-Dade counties; life-long learning options; community service initiatives; and public access to cultural and scholarly experiences.