From the Ringling Museum in Sarasota to the FSU Performing Arts Center to the newest foundation, FSU Real Estate, established in 2011, FSU is home to 11 separate income-generating operations that university officials refer to as direct-support organizations (DSOs).
Each was created with its own set of bylaws, and each nonprofit is organized slightly differently ? much to the dismay of FSU President Eric Barron.
Barron, with the blessing of FSU's Board of Trustees, is attempting to bring uniformity to the university's DSOs. He has asked each to review its bylaws and make appropriate changes so that there are similar rules and regulations governing all 11 DSOs.
I wish there was one organization that handled all the donations. I don't think the average person understands the difference between the Foundation, Boosters or even the Alumni Association. I know my girlfriend hesitated to donate because she didn't know who to give money to. She also thought her money would go to athletics, she didn't realize she could give only her college or to academics.