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The Winthrop University Foundation, Inc. is designated a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was created in 1973, but expanded in 1993 for the purpose of managing assets and maintaining gift records for the benefit of Winthrop University.

The current mission of the Foundation, which is governed by a volunteer board, is to support and enhance Winthrop University by encouraging alumni and friends to provide private funds and other resources for the university’s benefit, to manage those assets, and to provide volunteer leadership in support of the university’s objectives.

The Foundation is the principal recipient of private gifts from alumni and friends of the university. It also manages and distributes restricted and unrestricted endowment gifts, deferred gifts, and special gifts to build and maintain programs at Winthrop University. Gifts of cash, negotiable securities, and deferred gifts support endowed chairs, endowed professorships, scholarships, awards, faculty enrichment programs, and other educational services of the university. Copy SC Certification, 1973.


Foundation Spotlight: Brenda Floyd and Sidney Johnson


Brenda and Sidney 2018 



Brenda Floyd ’07, ’09 comes to work every day as the Senior Director of Financial Affairs for the Winthrop University Foundation. As an alumna, her work with the Foundation (and a side job teaching for the Arts Administration program through the College of Visual and Performing Arts) has extra meaning since she connects what she does to the campus community she loved as an adult student returning for a college degree, and then a graduate degree. Being the first in her family to attend college made Brenda’s drive to tackle her degrees later in life even greater.

But 2018 is the year it became extra special. This fall, Brenda’s granddaughter, Sidney Johnson, started her freshman year at Winthrop. Brenda and Sidney have more than just genetics in common – in addition to now sharing an alma mater, both are active in theater work, Brenda as union stagehand in Charlotte, and Sidney, who is already a licensed cosmetologist, as a Theatre major who plans to work theatre hair and makeup following her graduation from Winthrop. As part of the new Winthrop Legacy Program through the Office of Alumni Relations, the two got the chance to snap some photos during Sidney’s orientation.

Sidney, a star student, was also selected as a Close Scholar. Close Scholars at Winthrop complete weekly service hours with a local agency as part of a prestigious program to drive community involvement and civic engagement.


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