A History of Giving
|Thank you for considering
a gift to Florida Southern College! Since President Ludd Spivey
saved Southern College from closing its doors in 1933 by leading
a 10-day campaign to raise funds from friends of the college in
Plant City, a tradition of philanthropy has continued to grow, supporting
and strengthening the school now known as Florida Southern College.
President Spivey’s perseverance and leadership inspired everyone
in the community--from student organizations who fought to keep
their school open by contributing $3,700 to Lakeland residents and
Methodists from all over Florida who wore buttons denoting their
membership in Dr. Spivey’s "Believers Club," earned by
buying votes of confidence in the college’s future for $1.
President Spivey’s legacy lives on
today. The Spivey Society was created
in 2002, to honor this legacy of giving. In his term as president,
Dr. Tom Reuschling successfully led the much-needed $50 million
comprehensive campaign which was completed December 1999 with a
total of $59,577,396 raised. Each year the senior class gift campaign
is funded entirely through student contributions and pledges. With
the Flame" scholarship program, the connection between
Florida Southern College and the Florida United Methodist Conference
is stronger than ever. An annual community campaign involves local
businesses and friends in the college’s mission. The alumni giving
percentage continues to rise each year, demonstrating just how many
"satisfied customers" graduate from Florida Southern with
a valuable degree in hand and a variety of open doors awaiting them.
There are many believers in Florida
Southern College today, and you can join them in supporting FSC.
There are almost as many ways to give as there are reasons to give.
Connect to our Ways to Give page for
information on providing a gift to FSC.