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Private support provides the financial resources that allow Florida State University to attract the nation’s top students and best faculty and provide them with the cutting-edge programs and facilities they need to succeed. Recognizing donors enables the university to express its deep gratitude and show supporters how their generosity helps to foster excellence at Florida State.


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Daughter Honors Late Father’s Wishes With Gifts of Real Estate

For one donor, what started as a job opportunity would soon commence a lifelong journey with Florida State.

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FSU Real Estate Foundation to purchase Champions Hall from Seminole Boosters for $12 million

For the second time in little over a year, Florida State University’s Real Estate Foundation is stepping in to purchase valuable property from the Seminole Boosters, Inc.

During its meeting Thursday, FSU’s Board of Trustees approved the purchase of Champions Hall by FSU’s Real Estate Foundations from the Seminole Boosters, Inc. for up to $12 million. The purchase includes the 60-unit complex and a 1-acre lot nearby used primarily for parking.

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FSU Real Estate Foundation Announces New Fund “Building FSU’s Future”

The Florida State University Real Estate Foundation, Incorporated (FSU REF) proudly announces the creation of the “Building FSU’s Future” Fund at the Florida State University Foundation.

The fund will provide much needed support to allow the FSU Real Estate Foundation to pursue strategic initiatives and invest in real estate assets that benefit and create value for Florida State University.

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Convention center back on the table as FSU pays for updated feasibility study

An updated feasibility study has been commissioned to determine if and what kind of convention center could be suitable for Florida State's emerging Arena District. 

During Thursday's Blueprint board meeting, city and county commissioners green-lighted the study. FSU has agreed to pay for it and partner with the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality for the next six months.

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Opinion: The time for a Gateway District is now

Author: John Thrasher

Today, a rare opportunity is presenting itself. It’s known as the Gateway District and, as this newspaper has previously editorialized, this opportunity can and will literally transform a key part of our community in ways that will have a positive lasting impact for generations to come. 

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From left, Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer, Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier and Kevin Graham, executive director of FSU’s Real Estate Foundation, represent key partners in the multilayered Gateway District project. They were photographed at the FAMU Way Extension construction site — a key connector among the airport, the universities and downtown.

Southwest Synergy

Gateway District projects create lanes for growth and revitalization

Author: Audrey Post

When the government spends money on infrastructure, private investment follows.

Following that standard philosophy of urban development, Southwest Tallahassee should prepare for big changes in the next few years as the “Airport Gateway” project morphs and expands to benefit what is being called the “Gateway District,” a huge chunk of real estate that encompasses the area from the main campus of Florida State University to Capital Circle on the south and west.

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Kevin Graham, center, goes over expansion plans with FSU Associate General Counsel Dustin Dailey, left, and FSU Vice President for University Advancement Tom Jennings.

Connections: FSU taps into a $79-million infrastructure plan

FSU is backing a big community infrastructure project.

Author: Carlton Proctor

Florida State University has signed on to a plan to create more attractive and accessible roadways between Tallahassee International Airport, the school’s southwest campus and downtown Tallahassee.

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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.

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Excitement builds as $100 million Moran gift comes to life at FSU

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.

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Family’s Gift Honors Legacy of 1941 FSCW Graduate

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.”

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Real Estate Foundation Board of Directors Holds Inaugural Meeting

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.

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Kevin C. Graham

Florida State Welcomes New Real Estate Foundation Executive Director

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.

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