Homecoming Weekend 2020

Homecoming Weekend

Save the Date: November 13-15, 2020

For Fall 2020, we have reimagined Alumni Weekend to a Homecoming experience where we can still connect and celebrate together.

Reconnect with classmates. Relive wonderful memories. Rediscover what makes Barry University so great!


An updated schedule of events will be posted as soon as it is available

Please email us at homecoming@barry.edu to be notified when the schedule is available


Celebrate your reunion by making a gift honoring your Barry experience and this Homecoming year. To commemorate this wonderful milestone, class members are asked to make a meaningful gift that dovetails personal philanthropic goals with the University's priorities.

When a class is celebrating its Reunion year, any gifts made by members of the class will be credited to their Reunion. Give at any level that is comfortable for you. Gifts may be designated to a specific area of Barry, like scholarship or capital improvements, or you can make a gift to the Barry University Annual Giving and the contribution will be directed to Barry's greatest need.

Planned and estate gifts may include a multi-year time frame for giving and allows the Reunion class to make an important impact on the future of Barry University.
Reunion Giving is a poignant signal of your class loyalty and an inspiration to the alumni who follow you. Your generosity will support the future of Barry University and benefit your fellow alumni, faculty, staff, and students.

To make your Reunion gift, you may:


Why will I be asked to support Barry University during a Reunion year?

Barry University depends upon the generosity and spirit of each Reunion class to sustain Barry's commitment to educate future leaders in all walks of life. Your gift will have an important and far-reaching impact on the University.

Everyone in your class will be encouraged to participate in the Reunion Gift. Our goal is 100% participation from each member of a class that is celebrating a Reunion year.

In addition to supporting the Opportunity Fund you will be asked to consider a meaningful capital gift within a Reunion giving time frame and/or through your estate plans.

Barry University staff is available to help you explore creative ways to structure your gift to best meet your family, financial, and philanthropic goals.

How will my gift be used?

When you make a gift to the Barry Opportunity Fund you promise to have a significant impact on all areas of the university, helping Barry provide students access to quality teaching, modern facilities, and all the resources they need to have success on campus and beyond.

Within the Opportunity Fund is the Opportunity Scholarship, which is a scholarship initiative where the minimal philanthropic investment is $2500. This scholarship gives donors the chance to make a real and lasting impact on the life of a student.

How can I create a planned gift as my Reunion gift?

Planned giving can include a variety of financial vehicles such as the creation of a charitable remainder trust or as simple as a bequest to Barry University in an estate plan. Smaller gifts can be made to existing funds or may be unrestricted. A new endowed scholarship fund can be initiated with a current gift in honor of your 50th Reunion and plans can be put in place to fully fund it at a later date with additional lifetime gifts and/or through your estate.

How can I make my gift?

For current gifts, Barry University accepts cash, checks, credit cards and transfers of securities or IRA assets. Make a gift online at Barry University's website: www.barry.edu/giving. For information on making a gift of securities or IRA assets, please contact Bernadine Douglas, Vice President for Advancement at 305-981-8182 or bdouglas@barry.edu.

Barry University can also help you establish a current or future planned gift to support the University. Life income gift vehicles, including charitable gift annuities, pooled income funds and charitable trusts, provide both income to you (and your chosen beneficiaries) and a gift to the University. Unusual assets, such as personal property, business interests or inventory, or real estate, can be used to support Barry University. A provision in your estate plan such as a bequest or a beneficiary designation can also be a part of your Reunion Gift. We will gladly work individually with you to determine the best way to structure a planned gift to achieve your personal financial and tax planning objectives as well as your family and philanthropic goals.

Please contact Bernadine Douglas at 305-981-8182 or bdouglas@barry.eduif you would like to learn more about planned gift opportunities.

What about corporate matching gifts?

Information about matching gifts can be found at: barry.edu/giving/matching-gifts/.

How can I create a named or endowed scholarship gift?

The minimum gift to establish a new endowed scholarship fund is $50,000. Some alumni will choose to establish or add to their own endowed funds, establishing scholarship guidelines to specify scholarship award guidelines. Others will give to a scholarship fund previously established or make unrestricted endowment gifts. With a gift of $5,000 or more, you can create a current-use named scholarship. You can support scholarship at any level by designating your gift to the Barry University Scholarship Fund. For more information on creating an endowed scholarship gift or current use named scholarship gift, please contact Fran Saavedra, Director of Corporate Foundation Relations fsaavedra@barry.eduor 305-899-4834.