May 1, 2007 | Philanthropy at CUNY
Borough of Manhattan Community College has received a $5 million gift from the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Charitable Foundation. The announcement was made by President Antonio Perez at the collegeâ€™s Gala on April 30, 2007. The gift â€“ the largest cash gift in BMCC history and one of the largest to a community college in the nation â€“ will be used for scholarships for needy students.
The $5 million gift furthers a longstanding relationship between the Fiterman family and BMCC. In 1993 Shirley and the now late Miles Fiterman, who died in 2004, donated Fiterman Hall, a 15-story, $275 million building that housed 40 “smart” classrooms, as well as the school’s business and computer programs, an incubator for high tech start-up companies and the school’s virtual library.
Miles Fiterman was a businessman from Minnesota who pioneered do-it-yourself housing in the 1960s, enabling families that otherwise could not afford homes to build them by providing materials, engineering plans, onsite help and financial services. Read more