PHILANTHROPIC IMPACT REPORT FISCAL YEAR 2020 JULY 1, 2019 - JUNE 30, 2020
Core Commitments Catholic intellectual and religious traditions guide us in the fulfillment of our mission. The mission and values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters serve as the inspiration for our core commitments. KNOWLEDGE AND TRUTH Barry promotes and supports the intellectual life, emphasizing life-long learning, growth and development. The University pursues scholarly and critical analysis of fundamental questions of the human experience. In the pursuit of truth, the University advances development of solutions that promote the common good and a more humane and just society. INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY Barry is a global, inclusive community characterized by interdependence, dignity and equality, compassion and respect for self and others. Embracing a global world view, the University nurtures and values cultural, social and intellectual diversity, and welcomes faculty, staff and students of all faith traditions. SOCIAL JUSTICE Barry expects all members of our community to accept social responsibility to foster peace and nonviolence, to strive for equality, to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change. The University promotes social justice through teaching, research and service. COLLABORATIVE SERVICE Barry is committed to serving local and global communities through collaborative and mutually productive partnerships. The University accepts responsibility to engage with communities to pursue systemic, self-sustaining solutions to human, social, economic and environmental problems.
A Message from the President
REFLECTING AND GIVING THANKS
am filled with gratitude for our remarkable community. Our students, faculty, staff and alumni have time and again risen to the challenges of the day, drawing upon their skills and talents to put our Barry University Mission into practice. And our friends and supporters have rallied behind that mission, generously helping to make a Barry education accessible for our most deserving students. Throughout the health crisis, our university community has answered the call to serve. From expediting graduation for health care students anxious to be on the front lines of the pandemic, to mixing up hand sanitizer in our lab and giving it to first responders, to sharing the gift of music in a show of unity, individuals from all corners of our community utilized their unique talents and expertise to make a difference, to make things better. And during a time when a spotlight has so painfully been cast on centuries of racial injustice and systemic racism, we have risen as leaders in fostering meaningful and lasting change. Our Barry University Anti-Racism and Equity Coalition will shepherd us as we continue to make this work our responsibility. The generosity of our supporters not only changes the lives of our students by putting a transformative education within reach, but it helps build leaders who will go on to transform the world with their passion for social justice and serving others. It has been such a pleasure this first year as President getting to know our exceptional students and our talented alumni, hearing about their passion for Barry and their many personal and professional successes. Thank you for your support of our students and our mission, and for partnering with us to transform lives for a greater tomorrow. Sincerely,
Mike Allen, Ph.D. President
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CLOSING THE COLLEGE SUCCESS GAP
Your gifts start Barry grads on the best paths to success
s I look back on my first year here at Barry University, getting to know our students, alumni, faculty and staff has been so inspiring. In my role of increasing philanthropic support for the university, I appreciate being able to support students whose experiences and life stories parallel my own. When I think about the people who helped me achieve my education goals, I am grateful to have this opportunity to pay that assistance forward and help students like me, and all Barry students, succeed. In an ideal world, education would be the great leveler. Those who work hard and graduate with the same degrees and grade point averages would be offered similar options. We know that is not reality, particularly for students of color and diverse ethnicities, who often are offered less. Graduating thousands of dollars in debt only adds to that disparity. Philanthropy at Barry helps close that gap. Because of your generosity, many students can walk out in the best position possible on graduation day, with a real head start financially. That’s one big reason I’m so proud of our new Opportunity Scholarships. Through this program, alumni and friends are realizing that their gifts truly change lives. Each scholarship helps a promising student who faces financial roadblocks. This year I’ve witnessed how gifts to Barry help the university and its students, and how they multiply as our students, faculty and alumni carry the spirit of service back into our local and global communities. Thank you for your generosity to Barry University. I look forward to sharing more stories of success in the year to come. Best Wishes,
Bernadine Douglas, CFRE, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
TOTAL COMMITTED DOLLARS FY20
Barry Fund $1,611,443 Opportunity Scholarships $1,270,326
Dollars Generated from Endowments
Capital Improvements $241,389
82 Awarded Scholarships
Sponsorship and Other Event Income
WHO SUPPORTS OUR MISSION?
Faculty/Staff Corporations/Orgs Foundations Friends
The University closed out fiscal year 2020 with an endowment of $45M, which included $33.5M of financial investments, $11.5M of real estate investments and an additional $1M in our student- managed investment fund. Even during this year of uncertainty and volatility, we continued to stay within our investment policy statement goals and are happy that our year-end results reflect a portfolio that is well-balanced and invested with a long-term perspective. The university’s portfolio managers maintain the highest level of fiscal responsibility and oversight and are true partners in ensuring the long-term management and growth of the endowment portfolio. We are also very proud of our student management investment fund team, which out-performed the benchmark. We are confident that our endowed scholarships are well positioned to provide support to our students for a very long time.
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COVID-19 caused enormous suffering and created financial barriers that made it challenging for many students to continue their education. Barry University offers students help through its Barry Fund, which allows dollars to go directly to students where they are most needed. If you are interested in supporting the Barry Fund or the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, please visit barry.edu/giving
Nurse anesthetist students participate in simulation activities in a Hollywood hospital.
RESPONDING TO A PANDEMIC Your gifts helped prepare Barry to give back to a community in crisis
n April 2020, the need for more medical personnel on the front line of the fight against COVID-19 reached the crisis level. Every additional qualified health care professional could help save lives. Steeped in the tradition of service, Barry’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences put graduation for two programs on the fast track. Cardiovascular perfusionists run the heart/ lung bypass machine during open heart surgeries, as well as other vital equipment that can be used to help COVID patients. Seventeen students in Barry’s Cardiovascular Perfusion Program, the only such program in Florida, graduated April 11, five weeks ahead of schedule, and began performing services including long-term support for respiratory and cardiac failure. Two weeks later, 59 nurse anesthetist students graduated early, many heading to operating rooms and intensive care units to stabilize patients in respiratory distress. Barry has one of the largest nurse anesthetist programs in the United States, and the program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020. Barry University as a whole adapted quickly, and layers of protection were put in place to create a culture of safety to protect students, faculty and staff. By March 12, Barry had announced the transition to full
remote instruction for the spring semester. For students who could not return home, residence halls were kept open. Regular sharing of information was key. Continual updates were posted on Barry’s emergency preparedness website, and messages about taking care of each other and slowing the spread of COVID-19 were shared through social media. Other faculty, staff and students stepped up in the fight against COVID-19. A few examples: • The three local clinics operated by Barry’s School of Podiatric Medicine transitioned to telemedicine to ensure safe and continued access to important podiatric care. • The Physical Sciences Department made gallons of hand sanitizer for the Miami Shores Police Department when sanitizer was scarce. • A theater professor collaborated with a doctor at Memorial Healthcare System to design reusable medical grade masks for hospital use, and his team created a training video so hospital workers could learn to sew them. • The Barry University Chamber Singers Ensemble gave virtual performances to uplift others through music. • With gyms closed, sports management then-student-now-graduate Armando Berrios ’20 hosted zoom workouts and donated a portion of the proceeds to Feeding South Florida.
“To our alumni who are on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19: There are no words except thank you. All of us at Barry are in awe of your courage, commitment and heroism. The work you are doing in your communities is extraordinary. We could not be more proud of you.”
— John McFadden, Ph.D., CRNA Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, April 2020
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SERVING DURING SPRING BREAK Your gifts helped Barry help others after a natural disaster
ill Farrell, Ph.D., stared at her TV screen in horror as Hurricane Dorian became the strongest hurricane to strike the Bahamas in modern times. It hit Great Abaco on Sept. 1, 2019, and hovered over the islands for days, leaving vast destruction in its wake. Farrell, dean of Barry’s Adrian Dominican School of Education (ADSOE), has a special connection to the Bahamas, as does Barry University. Ten years ago, she worked with the Bahamian government to establish ADSOE graduate programs in Nassau and Freeport. Now Barry alumni hold leadership positions in the Ministry of Education and are administrators and teachers across the country. After Dorian, education was disrupted for months. Shanika Hill ‘06, DPM, also saw the devastation on her TV. She reached out to her close friend Monique Mitchell ‘06, DPM, who lives in Nassau, to see how she could help. Hill, the School of Podiatry’s associate dean for Clinical Education, knew that with only about five podiatrists serving the entire Bahamas, medical assistance would be sorely needed. Farrell and Hill planned Spring Break relief trips to the Bahamas. The trips were supported by a generous grant from Operation Helping Hands, a partnership among United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo
Herald, and Univision 23 to respond to emergency situations. Miami area residents had responded generously in the hurricane aftermath, and United Way CEO Maria Alonso wanted to put those funds to their best use. Barry President Mike Allen connected Alonso with Farrell, who knew responsible leaders in the Bahamas, and plans fell into place. Hill brought a group of 14 Barry faculty, staff and students from the podiatry, nursing and physician’s assistant programs to Nassau. They hosted clinics that helped nearly 700 Bahamians, many with Type 2 diabetes whose conditions, like poor wound healing, had been exacerbated by lack of treatment after the storm. Along with treating all types of podiatric needs, the team conducted blood glucose and hypertension screenings. Meanwhile, at Sherlin C. Bootle High School on Abaco, only three classrooms were functional, with 50-70 students in each class all looking at one computer. The Barry education contingent, faculty, undergraduate students and a doctoral student, spent a week cleaning up and preparing classrooms for reopening, teaching lessons and leading educational activities with the students. “It was an amazing trip,” Farrell says. “For everybody. Our students were able to really live the Barry mission.”
“One of my main goals in life is to practice medicine that gives back to the community… to low income people from minority communities who need podiatric care and cannot afford it.”
— Shanika Hill, DPM Associate Dean of Clinical Education, School of Podiatric Medicine
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Along with in-person assistance, Barry faculty, staff and students filled and sent more than 2,000 backpacks to help displaced students in the Bahamas. The medical team held a donation drive and brought medical supplies and hygiene items for the shelters as well as 500 pairs of diabetic shoes. Read more about Barry-led relief efforts at barry.edu/barry-bahamas-strong
CHANGING THE FACE OF COMPETITION Your gifts helped student-athletes stay in the game
arry’s Buccaneers were on a roll at the start of 2020. All seven spring sports were ranked in the Division II top 25 nationally, and by March, most were in the top 10. Men’s golf and tennis were ranked No. 2, and women’s tennis was the odds-on favorite to win the team’s fourth straight national championship. What seemed like destiny came to an abrupt halt in March, when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of all spring sports, and the athletes went home to complete the semester. Although their physical competition was cut short, Barry’s student-athletes excelled academically. More than 40 achieved 4.0 grade point averages, and the university received the
Buc Club members support more than 200 student-athletes by funding scholarships, facility enhancements and individual team needs for all 13 sports. barry.edu/buc-club
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NCAA President’s Award for a graduation rate of 90 percent or better for the sixth straight year. The NCAA also granted seniors the opportunity to return and play, but it was up to the university to find a way to fund their scholarships, as well as fund scholarships for incoming student-athletes. So Barry turned to its alumni, women’s tennis in particular, and they responded. Baseball did a similar appeal. Greta Trotman ’06 played on the women’s tennis team from 2002 to 2006 and held the winning record for years. She helped the school reach out to other former players.
“It was a really beautiful initiative to make it possible for the seniors to come back,” Trotman says. “I benefitted tremendously from my athletic and academic scholarships, and now that I’m more established in my career, I wanted to give back to the tennis team because it was meaningful to me.” Trotman’s commitment to her alma mater runs deep. She fell in love with the history and English programs she double majored in and says Barry is a “fantastic school that gave her a solid foundation” before she attended Harvard Law School. Now a partner at law firm Shutts and Bowen LLP and a member of the Barry University Board of Trustees, she urges others
to get involved. “We’re all interconnected,” she says. “Don’t get intimidated that they’re only looking for big bucks. Just do what you can and be part of the new Barry history.” Fiscal year 2019-2020 also saw the establishment of the first endowed scholarship for men’s and women’s tennis, a gift from Barry College for Women alumna Virginia Cisco ‘46, who was not a studentathlete but loved tennis and left a donation in her will to support the teams.
Barry Buccaneers celebrate their 2019 Women’s Tennis National Championship.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE Your gifts changed lives
arry students come from all walks of life, and many would not be able to follow their college dreams without scholarship support. Meet four recent graduates who, despite widely varied fields of study, share one thing in common: Their Barry education, which transformed their destinies. Ericka Lyman ’18 Ericka Lyman originally left her dental hygienist career to attend Barry University for her son, also a Barry graduate. He wanted her to be his oral surgeon assistant, but earning her bachelor’s degree empowered her to pursue a dream of her own. She is awaiting news about her dental school applications while completing her biomedical sciences graduate program at Barry. Lyman plans to specialize in geriatric dentistry and dedicate her practice to giving older patients the extra care they deserve. “Outreach to the community is a thread of who Barry people are,” she says. “I am more of a giving person for having attended.”
Fun fact: Lyman served as Bucky the parrot pirate, Barry’s mascot. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology.
Jonathan Dominique ’20 Hours spent watching the Miami Heat with his dad and his experience playing volleyball in high school awakened Jonathan Dominique’s passion for sports management. Opportunities at Barry helped that passion evolve into viable career options. Through the sports management club he and a friend founded, he volunteered at the Orange Bowl and with the Miami Dolphins. Dominique developed an interest in researching and writing scouting reports by assisting the men’s basketball team. “I hope to go back to Barry for a master’s in sports management with a law degree,” he says. “Barry paved the way to making me a better individual.”
Major league: Dominique hosted a sports podcast
on WBUJ, Barry’s student-run radio station. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Sirena Register ’20 Sirena Register wants to make a difference in the world. At Barry, she served in the Student Government Association. Elected president her senior year, she worked to build a bridge between students and administration. Her advocacy helped open new food outlets on campus. Beyond college, she says, “Barry’s values and commitments made me more conscious of things. I am really paying attention to social injustices.” Register is working on her master’s degree in education, and her dream is to work with children in an international setting. “Barry impacts more than academics,” she says. “Graduates come out with a different perspective. Barry releases game changers into the world.”
Inside scoop: Register’s childhood was steeped in
multicultural experiences, including three years she and her family spent in her mother’s native Columbia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies. Mateo Gomez ’20 Mateo Gomez knows how to seize an opportunity. As a Barry undergraduate, he attended nine out-of-state conferences and presentations with professors and met the presidents of 10 different countries. Since graduating in spring 2020, his Barry connections and hard work netted him a role at the Joe Biden Florida Town Hall. The Twitter clip of his question hit 2.5 million views. That fame led to on-air interviews with local and international media, including the BBC. “I wanted to squeeze out as much as possible from Barry,” he says. “Now one of my goals is to be successful so I can give back.”
Newsworthy: Gomez came to the United States when he was two. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and broadcasting, he returned to Barry in fall 2020 to start on an MBA double major in political science and broadcast and emerging media.
Learn how to make a difference and support students at Barry. Visit barry.edu/giving
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PAVING THE WAY Your gifts make Opportunity Scholarships possible Matt Allen ’87 takes giving back seriously. “Philanthropy has always been very important to me and my family,” he says. “We’ve been blessed and, to me, that comes with the responsibility to give back to your community.” Allen and his wife, Lisa, believe that setting a good example for their three children is paramount. They have done that in numerous ways, including serving on local nonprofit boards and raising money for causes like cancer research. They also helped their children participate in fundraisers of their own from young ages. Executive vice president and chief operating officer at The Related Group, Allen oversees all day-to-day operations of the company and plays a lead role in the oversight of the company’s three main divisions: condo, affordable and related development, as well as its property management and general real estate companies. He enjoys his work, and sees his earnings as a way to finance his philanthropy. Giving wasn’t always a possibility, however. Money was tight for Allen and his two sisters growing up, although their parents shielded them from financial worries. All three went to Barry, where tuition was paid because their mother worked at the university. “I was so lucky to get a free education when we couldn’t really afford college,” Allen says. “I thought, what can we do to give others the same opportunity I had?”
Lisa and Matt Allen
Allen decided to make Barry part of his mission. He recently joined the Board of Trustees, and he and Lisa financed Opportunity Scholarships and made a total commitment of $100,000 to the university. “It’s a humbling thought that you can make a difference in someone’s life like that,” he says. “It all starts with education. If you can provide that opportunity, chances are they will earn more in the future and give back to others themselves.”
BARRY OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS 2019-2020* TOTAL AWARDED IN FY20
TOTAL COMMITTED DOLLARS
*An Opportunity Scholarship provides $2,500 a year for four years to a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing.
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Transform Lives for a Greater Tomorrow An Opportunity Scholarship can go a long way in helping students overcome financial obstacles to getting a college education. Become an Opportunity Scholarship donor. Visit barry.edu/giving/barry-fund or contact Institutional Advancement at 844.845.4158 to speak with a team member today.
Division of Institutional Advancement 11300 NE 2nd Avenue | Miami, FL 33161-6695 844.845.4158 | barry.edu/giving
Fiscal Year 202-: July 2 2019 - June 30, 2020