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welcome to the office of advancement and development

for the past 138 years, tuskegee’s history has been steeped with a history of philanthropy.  booker t. washington, himself, spent a considerable amount of his time, talent, and treasure to ensure we had the funds to build the solid foundation upon which we stand now.  although much has changed since washington was at the helm, our goal remains the same- to invest in the lives of our students so that they can make a valuable contribution in this world. your investment into mother tuskegee and our students does just that.  

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where to give

areas of greatest need

your gift to tuskegee university’s annual fund allows you to partner with the university’s senior leadership in addressing its most pressing and critical needs. as these needs arise, our leadership — guided by the priorities outlined in the university’s strategic plan — considers how best to apply your gifts in our academic and student life programs to ensure we can continue to offer our students a quality educational experience.

your contribution to the annual fund in support of the areas of greatest university need can —and have, in the past — helped:

  • support non-capital student living and learning programs by funding classroom and lab activities
  • enhance learning and study programs offered through our tutoring programs, libraries and computer labs
  • underwrite faculty instructional needs and initiatives
  • expand academic programming, especially in support of stem programs
  • develop and execute strategic student recruitment and retention programs by funding outreach by our recruiters, as well as on-campus recruitment programs like open houses and tours
  • increase our fundraising success by expanding our outreach to cultivate and steward new and existing donors

capital improvement

the university’s capital improvement program is guided by a 10-year comprehensive capital master plan — but made possible in large part by our donors who invest in our facilities.

our 10-year capital master plan identifies and prioritizes the current repair and renovation needs of the 300-plus facilities the university owns and occupies. the plan also provides a framework for a phased strategy to address immediate and critical needs, such as expanding the availability of dormitory space, enhancing classroom and laboratory amenities, and renovating our athletic facilities.

scholarships help turn the dream of a college education into a reality for our students. scholarships can underwrite educational expenses ranging from f tuition, room and board, student fees, books and other required classroom materials.

endowed scholarships

when establishing scholarships, donors can specify the criteria they wish donors to satisfy to be eligible for the scholarship they create. this can include financial need-based requirements, academic merit-based scholarships, or scholarships that are awarded based on residency, high school or college activities, academic major and/or career aspiration.  

endowments are vitally important to tuskegee university because they provide permanent, self-sustaining funds that create stability, flexibility and opportunity for years to come. endowments are created with a minimal philanthropic investment of $25,000 — either as an outright gift paid over time or through a planned or estate gift. once established, your endowment is held permanently and invested along with other endowed charitable gifts. its principal continues to grow and produce income in perpetuity for a designated purpose. 

special appeals

from time to time, the university will initiate a special fundraising appeal, which may align with an area of greatest need or around a special event like homecoming or founder's day. 

ways to give -- make your gift today 

  • giving is not one-size-fits-all.  the primary goal of the office of development is to align your philanthropic goals with the university's strategic priorities.  our secondary goal is to making giving as easy as possible.  

  • make your tax-deductible gift today using your credit card.  

  • make your gift via mail/email by downloading one of the following contribution forms.

  • call the office of development at 334-727-8540 monday through friday between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm to make your gift by phone.

recognizing our generous donors -- become an eminent associate

tuskegee university is fortunate to be supported by many loyal supporters whose gifts make a meaningful and impactful difference in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.  the eminent associates program was established in 1965 so that we could show our sincerest appreciation to donors who commit to the advancement of the mission of tuskegee university.  members of the prestigious ea program commit to the long-term development of our university through unrestricted support on an annual basis.   

here are the facts about becoming an eminent associate (ea):

  • the ea program was established in 1965 to assist the university with unrestricted gifts for its long-term development program. 
  • the ea program is a donor recognition program.  any contribution to the university counts toward your ea recognition for the ea program.
  • the ea brochure is used for initial sign-up to the program and should not be used thereafter.
  • prospective ea members become eminent associates after the donor contributes a minimum of $1,000 to the university (pledges do not count towards ea status).
  • those donors with giving histories of $1,000 or more are not automatically members of the ea program.  prospective members must join by completing the ea brochure and fulfill financial commitments annually.
  • prospective ea members have 3 years to complete payments toward their ea status.
  • depending on ea level, members must contribute an unrestricted minimum amount yearly to remain active members (see ea brochure).  active members receive the benefits listed for their level of membership.
  • public recognition is typically conducted during the eminent associate annual business meeting.
  • just as a reminder, all pledge commitments must be completed in order to be recognized as an eminent associate at the eminent associate business meeting during fall convocation.   

office of advancement and development staff

phillip howard
vice president for advancement and development
phone: 334-727-8540

krystal floyd
director of development
phone: 334-727-8540

brylon crier
gift accountant
phone: 334-727-8607

tamikka radford
gift processor

jordan wade
gift processor

office of alumni affairs staff

kymberly holland
Coordinator of Alumni Affairs & Reunion Programs
phone: 334-727-8881
lillie echols
administrative assistant for alumni affairs
phone: 334-727-8342

bradley watts
alumni engagement manager


Contact the Office of Advancement & Development

phone: 334-727-8076 or 334-727-8342

tuskegee university
Office of Advancement & Development
p. o. box 1304
tuskegee institute, al 36087