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Building for the Future: Real Estate Foundation Aims to Make Real Property Gifts a Primary Part of Fundraising
Like many Florida State College for Women alumnae of the World War II generation, 1941 graduate Frances Cushing Ervin’s greatest legacy may well be her family and their accomplishments, from her husband on down to her grandchildren.
In honor of the love and devotion of their every day hero, their wife and mother, the Ervin family chose to make a gift in her name—and for a cause they knew she would appreciate.
A year and a half after Jan Moran and The Jim Moran Foundation gifted a record $100 million to FSU, the support is transforming the university and creating opportunities for students and business owners for generations to come.
Adapted from an article that appeared in the College of Arts and Sciences’ magazine, Spectrum
Like so many of her generation, Frances Cushing Ervin—a 1941 graduate of the Florida State College for Women—chose to forgo a career to stay at home and care for her husband and children.
“My mother never pursued a career of her own,” said Ervin’s daughter, Anne Rowe. “But what she did instead was inspire other people to accomplish things.”
The Florida State University Real Estate Foundation held its first board of directors meeting on Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Tallahassee. The newly established Real Estate Foundation exists primarily to receive contributions of real estate to hold, manage, lease, mortgage, develop, administer or sell in order to contribute or distribute all or a portion of the net proceeds from such activity to The Florida State University and The Florida State University Foundation.
Florida State University has hired Kevin C. Graham, a real estate developer and project manager, as executive director of the Real Estate Foundation, a new position at the university. He began his new role on Monday, Sept. 16.
Graham was a double major in finance and real estate at Florida State in 1993. He has two decades of experience in the industry, including eight years at the St. Joe Company in Tallahassee as a project manager. At St. Joe, Graham was the on-site project manager for construction of the 2003 HGTV Dream Home in Mexico Beach, Fla., among his many other projects.