Why I Give

Stories of your generosity

Why I Give

Giving to the University of South Florida is an investment, not only in USF, but in the community. That's why your gift is so profound. It elevates the university, makes the community a better place and perhaps best of all, encourages others to make an investment. 

Empowering the Next Generation of Engineers

Growing up, Chris Dennis always felt a strong sense of duty and honor. At 18 years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy, eager to serve his country and begin his career. Years later, that same drive would lead to a significant gift to empower the next generation of students at the University of South Florida.
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Capping the Campaign with a Gift from the Heart

After nine years and raising more than a billion dollars, the end of the USF: Unstoppable campaign was fast approaching this past June. Of course, someone had to make the very last gift when the campaign and fiscal-year books officially closed.
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Caring for the Caregivers

Nurses comprise the backbone of most hospital care, but a national shortage is creating a desperate situation in Florida as an influx of patients flood understaffed hospitals. Phil King recognized this as an opportunity to make a huge impact.
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Two Longtime USF Bulls Football Fans Go Deep With their Support – In the Form of a Planned Gift

Shari Gray, a USF alumna and a fiscal and business analyst at the university, and husband David Gray are diehard Bulls football fans. But they also happen to be proud donors to USF Athletics. Their recent estate gift, made through the Office of Gift Planning, will help student-athletes who transfer to USF from junior college complete their degrees if their scholarship money runs out before they graduate.
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Not Missing A Beat

University of South Florida alumnus Bill Daggett knows the meaning of hard work and perseverance. A retired Temple Terrace police officer, Daggett has selflessly served his community both in his career and personal life. He’s passionate about giving back, and knows that small, steady efforts – made over a long period of time – can add up to something big.
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Lorene Hall-Jennings: Anonymous Scholarship Support

I was a recipient of the staff “Dollars for Scholars” scholarship when I was finishing my degree at USF. Someone anonymously, and generously, donated to this fund and it really touched my life and helped alleviate some of the financial burden of going back to school.
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Helping Veterans Transition

Her gift helps USF provide a pathway to success for student veterans.
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Total Donors in FY19


FY 2018-19 Total Commitment


Scholarship $ Raised FY19