Posted June 25, 2019 in Articles
Thank you to Chuck and Char Fowler for their generous $1 million gift in support of Lift Up Vikes! Their gift will be used in two ways -- to renovate space in Ronald Berkman Hall and relocate Lift Up Vikes! there, and to create an emergency fund to assist CSU students.
Relocation of Lift Up Vikes! from the CSU Recreation Center to centrally located Berkman Hall will more than triple the size of the pantry and resource center which connects students with on and off-campus services to assist them in overcoming financial emergencies, meeting basic needs, learning about personal finance and more. The year-round emergency fund will assist students with unforeseen expenses that could lead to them dropping out of school.
Humanitarians and philanthropists, the Fowlers and their daughters generously support programs in education, healthcare and the arts through the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation. Chuck is a director of the industrial mineral company Covia Holdings Corporation; Char is president of their foundation.
Lift Up Vikes!, established in 2016, helps students meet basic human needs and overcome barriers to academic success. The program meets a real and growing need – more than 1,000 students have received 128,000 pounds of food, the equivalent of 107,000 meals for themselves and their 200 children over the course of 8,000 visits.