What's Your Fisk?
Your donations support Fisk in many ways. Unrestricted gifts are used based on needs and institutional priority, directed gifts are used to support areas of your choice. Below are just a few of the many areas that your gifts support. So, what's your Fisk?
Your donations help support the world famous Fisk Jubilee singers, enabling them to train, practice, perform, tour and travel, representing Fisk across the country and around the globe.
The Original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. They broke racial barriers in the US and abroad in the late 19th century and performed for European royality.
Your gift to the Fisk Fund (unrestricted), allows the university to utilize that donation where it is most needed to support the mission and institutional priorities of Fisk. This could be toward faculty salaries, classroom equipment, residence halls and/or facilities maintenance, admissions and financial aid, or any number of other areas. If you choose to support Fisk athletics, your donation allows student-athletes the opportunity to pursue their education while representing the university by competing in their chosen sport. Your gift can have a positive impact on Fisk across campus, from the radio station, to the music program, to the library. No matter how you give, your support is vital to the success of Fisk University. So, What's Your Fisk?
Addressing Our Critical Success Factors
Philanthropic investment in student financial aid and faculty development are our most critical success factors. Despite their great potential, most Fisk students face daunting financial challenges. 90% of Fisk students are eligible for some form of need-based financial aid. Many also come from families without college education as part of their backgrounds. Financial aid and student engagement while enrolled are the keys to success in graduating. Support for students is vital, as is funding for faculty, staff and programs dedicated to student development and engagement.
Just a few years ago, Fisk University drew national attention through important coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education, which highlighted our extraordinary retention and graduation rates. This front-page article cited the University’s “hands on approach” to student success, particularly with low-income and first generation entrants.
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