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Craig School of Business

Institute for Family Business Endowment

In January, 2016, Fred and Mitzie Ruiz pledged $125,000 to support the Institute for Family Business at Fresno State. The pledge serves as the lead gift in an effort to establish a $1 million endowment to provide sustained support for the institute.

“The Ruiz Family is very pleased to launch this endowment supporting the legacy founded by a board dedicated to family-owned businesses. We hope other family businesses will join us for the benefit of the Institute and family-owned businesses for generations to come.” –Fred Ruiz

To ensure the future of IFB, this endowment will enhance the longevity of the IFB by funding support, expanding quality academic and industry research, training and online educational options. Investment areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Dedicated IFB Director
  • Online Learning Hub for Family Business Topics
  • National Family Business Conference hosted at Fresno State
  • Academic and Industry Research
  • Next Generation Retreats, Networking and Professional Development
  • Scholarships for Students Involved in Family Businesses

For more details, see our informational brochure.

Together we can create a $1 million endowment to ensure the future of IFB and help family businesses throughout Central California. Contributions to the endowment can be provided in many ways and spread over multiple years. Donors who contribute a minimum of $50,000 over a five-year period will be considered Legacy Members with an opportunity to participate on an advisory board and not subject to future annual membership fees.

To honor our donors, we will have a commemorative family tree structure placed prominently at the Craig School of Business. Donors who contribute $10,000 to $50,000 to the endowment over a five-year period will be recognized on the leaves.

Please contact our Development Director, Caty Perez,, to discuss support for the IFB.