Activating Philanthropy – Louis Henry

Louis has benefactored more than $250,000 to the Southern University System over his lifetime. He is a member of the Southern University System Foundation University Club, and a founding member of the 1880 Society. Louis is owner/operator of nine McDonald’s restaurants in the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan area.


Community Partnerships – IBM

IBM Impact Grants provide consulting expertise and software specifically designed to support educational and not-for-profit organizations in their efforts to serve our communities. The diversity of these grants allows IBM to deliver services and technology that meet the ever changing needs of the not-for-profit sector.


Expanding Educational Horizons

The Southern University and A & M College System established the Honoré Center for Undergraduate Student Achievement (CUSA) with funding from the State of Louisiana, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Ford Foundation to undertake an important challenge to reverse the trend of fewer African-American males graduating from college, while also increasing the number of male classroom teachers in urban settings. Embedded on the SUNO campus, the Honoré Center is the centerpiece and pilot initiative of the Five-Fifths Agenda for America (FFAA), conceived by former SU System president Ronald Mason Jr., a national effort with the dual goals of increasing the number of college degrees among black men and increasing the ranks of black male classroom teachers.


Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University


The Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University seeks to educate the socially conscious student, volunteer, and practitioner in the emerging field of philanthropic studies, through exploring the economic, historical, and philosophical rationales for voluntary action in the local, national, and international arenas.


Building Community – Irving Matthews

Matthews Plaza is an extension of the Jaguar Park project sponsored by the SU System Foundation. Jaguar Park is a three-phase construction project launched to support the construction of a $1.2 million urban sport complex located on the University’s Baton Rouge campus.


Community Partnerships – Exxon

ExxonMobil presented a check for $58,950 to the Southern University Foundation as part of the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. The gift, announced during an on-campus reception on June 9, represents the ExxonMobil Foundation 3:1 match of 26 employees’, retirees’ and surviving spouses.

“Southern graduates bring with them strong, practical, analytical and conceptual skills that are of high value to employers. Historically, Southern University has been instrumental in providing those type of graduates,” said Claudette Bradford, security safety health and environmental supervisor, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Plastics Plant.


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