General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Incorporated

The General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Inc. (GAAFU) was incorporated in Nashville, Tennessee in 1985. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support Fisk University. A Board of Directors oversees the operations and conducts the business of the GAAFU. The Board of Directors meets four times a year.

Organized into five regions, each region conducts a regional conference at which time its leadership is elected. The regions include the Eastern Region, Southern Region, Southwestern Region, Midwestern Region and the Far Western Region. As mandated by its Constitution and By-Laws, a convention is held in Nashville every other year at which time the national officers are elected. The Director of Alumni Affairs of Fisk University also serves as the Executive Director of the GAAFU and is responsible for implementing its programs and directing its day-to-day operations.

The corporate office of the GAAFU is located on the campus of Fisk University in historic Richardson House (circa 1905), listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Extensive renovation of this structure was completed in 1989, with funding secured by the GAAFU. The preservation project qualified for and received an architectural award from the Metropolitan Nashville/Davidson County Historical Commission during its 17th Annual Architectural Awards Program in 1989.

Voting Privileges

GAAFU members elect the national and regional Fisk alumni leadership, GAA officers, GAA board members and alumni trustees.

Biennial Convention

Every two years, GAAFU, Inc. convenes a Biennial Convention.  The purpose of the convention is to elect key officers of the Board of Directors and to discuss and approve goals for the Association in the areas of fundraising for Alma Mater, recruitment of students and fundraising for GAAFU, Inc., inclusive of life memberships and regular dues paid members.  University officials also provide the convention delegates with updates on the State of the University.  The Convention will be held on the Fisk Campus over the period October 3-4, 2015 in the Appleton Room.

The active membership cutoff date for determining the number of authorized delegates for the 2015 October Convention was September 1, 2015. 

A convention registration fee of $125 will be required for each delegate to cover the cost of meals and convention materials. Checks should be made payable to GAAFU, Inc. Please see that the name(s) of your delegate representative (s) is (are) promptly provided to the Alumni Office. The registration fee may be paid on-site or click below.


Membership and Dues

Any graduate of Fisk University or a former student whose class has graduated is elgible for membership in the Association. There are two types of membership - Annual and Life.

Annual Membership ($50/year)

Annual Membership in the Association is $50/year. The membership is current from January 1 to December 31. Your Annual Membership Card acknowledges your ownership of all rights and privileges that membership in the GAA offers:

  • 15% discount on purchases in the University Bookstore during reunion each year
  • Discounts on items sold by the GAA!

Discounts on reunion registration! 

Life Membership ($750)

Life Membership in the Association is Seven Hundred and Fifty (750.00) Dollars. Persons electing to secure life membership status are required to pay local association or chapter dues as prescribed by the affiliated constituent association. Life Memberships are payable in 2-5 annual installments, $375 or $150 respectively. Your Life Membership supports the daily operations of the General Alumni Association of Fisk University, Inc.  Once you have completed your membership, you will receive your Life Membership Plaque (given annually during reunions at the Gala Banquet). You will also receive the Gold Membership Card. Your Gold Life Member card can take an honored place alongside its other plastic associates.

This card will allow GAA Life Members the privilege of some valuable savings:

  • 20% discount on purchases in the University Bookstore during reunion each year!
  • Discounts on items sold by the GAA!
  • Discounts on reunion registration!

Valuable Connections

As a member of the GAAFU, Inc. you will have an instant connection to the University and fellow alumni. One of the best ways to meet other active alumni is to get involved in your own region and local club. You may serve on a committee, help plan your regional conference and/or serve on the GAAFU board.


Annual Membership PayPal

Life Membership PayPal

Payment Options

Club Maintenance Dues

Send Check or Money Order (Payable to: GAAFU, Inc.) Credit Cards - VISA, MasterCard, AmEx,  Discover accepted via phone Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 1-800-443-ALUM (2586)

Send payment to:

GAAFU, Inc. c/o Office of Alumni Affairs, Fisk University, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208
Email inquiries:


Email or call 1 800 443-ALUM (1 800 443-2586).


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