Ugandan book drive a success for Robinson Honors Scholars

By Mary Mabins, Pensacola State College “That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” — “The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri Robinson Honors Program Scholars recently gifted the world to students at the Pajwenda Primary School in Uganda. For its 2019 service project, Pensacola State College’s Robinson Honors Program collected 1,326 books…

Area charitable organizations learn how to raise funds, court donors effectively at Nonprofit Summit

By Troy Moon, Pensacola State College Penelope Burk literally wrote the book on fundraising. Actually, she’s written a few. The nationally-recognized fundraising consultant and researcher brought her decades of experience to the inaugural Nonprofit Center For Excellence and Philanthropy at Pensacola State Summit on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 on the Pensacola campus. “We’re going…

Jan and Ron Miller name Pensacola State College beneficiary of $2.5 million Charitable Remainder Unitrust

By Troy Moon, Pensacola State College In 2018, Jan Miller – friend to the Pensacola Opera, Pace Center for Girls, Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida and so many other organizations – was named Philanthropist of the year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of West Florida. Her husband, Ron Miller, isn’t too shabby in…

The Irish Politicians Club, a social club based at McGuire’s Irish Pub, presented a $35,000 check to the College for the scholarship fund, which began in June 2015. Then McGuire Martin presented a $25,000 check to the endowment scholarship fund named for his late wife, who died in 2014.

Molly McGuire endowed scholarship grows larger with two big donations

Endowment fund principal is now more than $300,000 By Troy Moon, Pensacola State College Pensacola State students served up a wee bit of Irish food and flavor at a reception last week for family, friends and supporters of the College’s Culinary Arts Program. But the main course was two donations that will grow the Molly McGuire…

Fundraising expert Gail Perry gets agencies ‘Fired Up’ at workshop

By Mike Suchcicki, Pensacola State College Fundraising specialists from a variety of agencies throughout Northwest Florida were “Fired Up” by fundraising expert Gail Perry, who delivered her “Art of Raising Major Gifts” workshop Sept. 26 at Pensacola State College. The room of 50 attendees listened as Perry, who’s based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, spoke…