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The mission of the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) is to increase private resource development for Fisk University thus enabling the University to maintain its national reputation for academic excellence.  The OIA facilitates the understanding, participation and support of alumni, friends, corporations, foundations and civic, social and religious organizations who have an interest in advocating and supporting Fisk University.   In addition, the Office of Institutional Advancement promotes leadership and involvement among constituents who are willing to volunteer to advance the university.

The Office of Institutional Advancement supports the mission, vision, goals and priorities of Fisk University through the following operating units:

  • Advancement Services - is responsible for the timely recording, receipting and acknowledging of gifts to Fisk University and maintains an accurate database of alumni, constituents, and friends so that they can receive invitations to events as well as the Fisk Focus magazine and other publications. The Advancement Services team provides research on corporations, foundations and individuals able to assist Fisk University in meeting its fundraising goals and objectives.
  • Alumni Affairs - fosters a spirit of cooperation, communication and fellowship among alumni to provide alumni benefits, programs and opportunities through a continued affiliation with Fisk University.  The Office of Alumni Affairs is responsible for implementing programs and directing day-to-day operations for the General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Inc. (GAAFU).   In addition, the Office of Alumni Affairs works closely with the Office of Recruitment and Admissions to attain the University’s student enrollment goals.
  • Development/Fund Raising – The primary responsibility of the OIA is the development of funding strategies to ensure that Fisk University has the financial resources to carry out its mission and vision effectively and consistent with the determined fundraising priorities of the Board of Trustees, the President, and Vice President for Institutional Advancement. The OIA staff coordinates and manages all fundraising activities to provide support for general operating costs, capital projects, special programs and the endowment.  The Office of Institutional Advancement provides direction for all campus-sponsored fund-raising projects, including annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. 

The Office of Institutional Advancement may be contacted by calling (615) 329-8530 or by sending correspondence to:

Office of Institutional Advancement
Fisk University, Cravath Hall
1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208

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