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How to Give

Types of Giving

There are numerous ways to make a gift to the college:

Naming Opportunities

Matching Gifts

We are grateful to the many corporations that match employees’ charitable contributions, greatly enhancing the value of their gifts and our academic programs.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Find out if your company has a matching gift policy.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to our organization may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

State Matching Gift Program

The state of Florida created in the late 1970s visionary state matching grant programs to match gifts to public universities in Florida. These programs match academic endowment gifts of $100,000 or more and construction or renovation gifts for academic spaces. The University of Florida has benefitted enormously from these programs.


Endowments provide perpetual income for the college through investment of principal funds. These gifts may be unrestricted, providing for the greatest needs of the college, or restricted to a particular use. Endowments are established with a minimum of $30,000 through outright gifts, pledges paid over a period of years, deferred gifts, such as trusts or insurance expectancies, and through estate plans. Following are several types of endowments that can established by alumni and friends to support quality a liberal arts education now and into the future. (minimum contribution shown)

Endowed Chairs and Professorships aid in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty by generating income for salary supplements and teaching/research support.

  • Chair – $2 million contribution
  • Full Professorship – $1 million contribution
  • Term Professorship – $500,000 contribution

Endowed Scholarships or Fellowships are an important tool in ensuring that students have the opportunity to pursue quality education. Scholarships may be awarded based on need and/or merit.

Real Estate Gifts

The University of Florida Foundation welcomes and encourages gifts of real estate. Gifts of real estate can significantly enhance university productivity and performance and provide substantial tax benefits for donors. Although the university has made great use of unique properties, most real estate gifts are sold and the proceeds are invested in areas of campus designated by the donor.

Although most gifts are given outright, many also fund charitable remainder trusts (CRT) that pay income to the donor or other beneficiaries designated by the donor.

UFF has experienced real estate and other professional staff to assist donors and their advisers who are considering gifts of real estate. Our procedures
(both trust & non-trust) for accepting real estate gifts are simple, and our comprehensive real estate policy provides assurance that gifts will be handled professionally to achieve the charitable goals envisioned by donors.

If you have a property you are considering donating to charity, please call 352-294-1971 or email. Our staff will promptly get in touch with you to arrange a confidential evaluation of the property. For more information, see UFF Gifts of Real Estate.

Ready to give?

Give online or call 352-294-1971 to find out more about giving to a specific fund or department.