What We Do
We are a team of optimists and believers: dreamers and doers who come to work each day knowing that if we do a good job, someone else’s life will be better. We believe commitment matters, relationships and partnerships make us all stronger, and people rally around big ideas.
We know that connection means coming together to explore the opportunity and importance of education and innovation. Those who benefit from generosity in support of these goals are families and communities and people the world over. We engage alumni and students, parents and friends, foundations, and corporations to partner with us and move the college forward. And, more importantly, to address the things that are important to the college and its donors. Things like scholarships for Gators who might otherwise be left out because of education costs, professorships that attract and retain faculty stars, initiatives that empower the university to focus on real issues and societal problems, and innovative research that changes how our families and neighbors experience life.
State funding alone is roughly 18 percent of the university’s annual budget; private giving is often the difference in doing or not doing, exploring or not exploring, discovering or not discovering, solving or not solving.
The Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs coordinates with Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni and donors to help connect their gifts and accomplishments with the college’s current mission, goals, and students.