On April 24, 2015, James and Betty Brown hosted a donor reception at their home in Pearland, Texas. The reception generated more than $30,000 in philanthropic support for Southern University campuses and departments. James and Betty also presented the Southern University System Foundation with a planned gift, naming the Felton Grandison Clark Endowed Fellowship Fund as its beneficiary.

James and Betty are proud SU Alumni and believe in the spirit of giving. “It is critically important that we support the institution that has done so much for us, and that we encourage other alumni and friends to give as well,” said James and Betty. The Brown’s inspired the now annual 90-day alumni giving campaign known as the Million Dollar March (MDM). Last year, (MDM) raised more than $1.1 million in cash contributions over a 90-day period. This years (MDM) Campaign is set to kick-off on July 1st and end on October 1st. James and Betty are also the recipients of the Southern University System Foundation, Horatio C. Thompson Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014. Horatio C. Thompson was the first volunteer president and chairman of the Board of Directors for the Southern University System Foundation.