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Charlotte County Philanthropist Announces $1M Bequest to FSW

Nov 1, 2016

October 31, 2016 – PUNTA GORDA, FLA – The generosity from one of Charlotte County’s most philanthropic residents will have a positive impact on Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) for generations to come. Punta Gorda philanthropist Alvin “Al” Robert Gould is known in the area for his involvement and support of numerous non-profit organizations.

“Al is a tremendous philanthropic leader in this community and we are delighted to have him as one of the leaders of the FSW Legacy Society,” said Dr. Jeff Allbritten, President, FSW.  “One of his passions is education, and his bequest of more than $1 million will positively impact our students on our Charlotte Campus. Because the majority of our students remain in the community, his gift will also have a positive ripple effect for Charlotte County.”

The FSW Legacy Society is devoted to recognizing and cultivating gift planning from the college’s most committed supporters.  FSW Legacy Society members have the assurance of the college that their generous gifts will be recognized, stewarded and applied in strict accord with their wishes.

A resident of Charlotte County since 1982, Al made his first gift to FSW in 2011 of $100,000.  From that time, he developed a strong relationship with then Charlotte Campus President Dr. Pat Land and continues with current Charlotte Campus President, Dr. Denis Wright.

“Charlotte Campus FSW students and graduates grow the Charlotte County economy and constantly ensure and promote a better quality of life for all of us,” said Al. 

Knowing students need support to pay their bills as well as a thriving educational infrastructure in which to learn, Al has designated half of his gift to go to general scholarship funds and the other half will be unrestricted funds for the Charlotte Campus of FSW.

“We are truly honored by Al’s generosity and grateful to him and all he does for FSW and the greater southwest Florida community,” said Dr. Allbritten.

Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: November 1, 2016

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