To enlighten and lead

“We are all strong for old Florida, down where the old Gators play. In all kinds of weather, we’ll stick together, for F‑L‑O‑R‑I‑D‑A.”
— Gators fight song

Enlightenment is the very core of the university’s reason for being. It’s our calling — to illuminate, to teach, to untangle and decode, to enable and empower.

To be a North Star in Florida’s southern sky.

It’s the generosity, the care, the foresight, the kindness and the selflessness of UF’s philanthropists that allow the University of Florida to be part of people’s lives — from first breath to last, and for whatever life brings between.


Business college namesake Al Warrington and his wife, Judy, pledge $75 million for the college, setting the course for UF’s fourth-ever capital campaign
Your Leadership – Leading Those Who Lead the Way

“Al Warrington was our champion and our foundation”

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In anticipation of the upcoming Go Greater campaign, alumnus Andrew Banks and his wife, Pamela, promise a gift to support faculty research and teaching; the Banks Family Preeminence Chairs are created

Alumnus Tom Johnson and his wife, Jane, commit a gift to remodel the O’Connell Center; the arena’s atrium is named in their honor

Go Greater campaign officially enters its silent phase

Alumni Stephen and Carol Shey pledge their 12,000-square-foot Gainesville estate, along with 657 pristine acres, to UF for a future conference retreat center

Alumna Anita Zucker provides the cornerstone gift to position UF as a world leader in understanding how young children learn, and to create programs that enhance teaching; UF’s Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies in the College of Education is named her honor

UF announces an ambitious plan to raise $100 million for low-income, first-generation Machen Florida Opportunity Scholarships; the goal is reached during the Go Greater campaign

Alumnus Mason Hawkins creates a new standard of collegiate excellence with an investment to create an academic center for UF’s 500 student-athletes; the center is named in honor of his father, Otis Hawkins
Go Greater – Athletics

Champions for Life

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The engineering college receives a transformational $50 million gift from alumnus Herbie Wertheim and his wife, Nicole, to jumpstart the college’s vision to move into the ranks of America’s best engineering schools; the gift is a catalyst for a $300 million Powering the New Engineer initiative, and the college is named in Wertheim’s honor
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Powering the New Engineer

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Alumna Gale King establishes a scholarship in the College of Journalism and Communications for first-generation, academically exceptional students from families with modest incomes

UF School of Art + Art History’s Focus Gallery is renamed the Gary R. Libby Gallery in honor of the longtime philanthropist and alumnus

Alumnus Bryon Herlong’s family gives a gift in his memory to support a new leadership institute that strengthens ties between athletics and academics, a literacy program and a scholarship in UF’s agriculture college

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience’s sea turtle hospital opens in Northeast Florida to serve sick and injured turtles; alumna Nancy Condron provides seed money for the new hospital; later, the Nancy Condron Family Sea Turtle Research Center and Hospital is named in her honor
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Spirit of the Deep Blue Sea

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Alumni Ken and Linda McGurn create an endowment in the Florida Museum of Natural History to enhance UF’s work in biodiversity; a second gift supports Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars
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“We Want To Leave The World A Better Place.”

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Alumnus Andrew Banks and his wife, Pamela, extend their UF philanthropy with gifts to support faculty and the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program

Alumni Earl and Christy Powell cap the year with a commitment to reimagine the former campus home of UF’s presidents and improve treatments for inherited blindness, cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other diseases




Alumnus Hugh Culverhouse issues his first in a series of challenges to the UF Law community to raise money for scholarships; the challenges raise millions for the college

Marguerite Haldeman pledges a memorial gift to support scholarships in industrial engineering in memory of her husband, alumnus Harold Haldeman

The Warren B. Nelms Institute for the Connected World is established with an investment from alumni David and Daryl Nelms; the institute is designed to lead research and education in all aspects of the intelligent connection of things, people and data

Go Greater goes public, with a goal to raise $3 billion

Best-selling novelist James Patterson pledges gifts to the College of Education to launch the James Patterson Literacy Challenge to improve reading skills in Florida’s schools
Go Greater – College of Education

James Patterson’s Latest Plot

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Alumnus Alex Moreno establishes a program and professorship in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering to develop new and more-efficient energies; it is the largest private commitment to chemical engineering in its 75-year history

Grateful pet owners Fran Marino and Steve Farrell create an endowment in the College of Veterinary Medicine to support its Shelter Medicine program

Alumnus Kenneth Treister donates his collection of architectural drawings, project files, correspondence, writings, photographs and documentary films to UF’s Smathers Libraries



Lee and Lauren Fixel, a UF alumna, invest in UF Health’s Center for Neurological Diseases to focus on research, technological innovation and clinical care for people with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases; in recognition, the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases is named for Lee’s father
Your Health – Finding the Cure is Only Half the Story

To Honor A Father

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Following investments from alumna Anita Zucker to advance early childhood learning and health, UF hosts a nationwide summit for scholars, policymakers and practitioners

Alumna Trish Ring endows a dissertation fellowship for doctoral students studying psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Thompson Earth Systems Institute opens in UF’s Florida Museum of Natural History when alumnus Jon Thompson and his wife, Beverly, give the cornerstone gift to promote research-based information and responses that address global environmental issues
Your World – Looking Beyond Our Backyards

Jon and Beverly Thompson Make a $10 Million Investment in UF, and the Planet

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UF’s College of Dentistry yearslong partnership with the Naples Children and Education Foundation is reinforced when the foundation invests in UF’s work in the pediatric dental clinic in south Florida



Orlando hotel magnate Harris Rosen gives the lead gift to advance brain tumor immunotherapy research and treatments; the UF-led national ReMission Alliance follows to unite renowned neuro-oncology physicians and scientists in research and clinical trials
Gators Going Greater – Harris Rosen

A Father’s Gift

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Alumnus Richard Cole gives a transformational gift to establish a health law program in the Fredric G. Levin College of Law; his investment creates two health law professorships, a scholarship fund and an annual health law symposium

UF’s inaugural Stand Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day is held; it becomes one of the most successful ever in all of higher education, with $12.6 million raised and 11,535 gifts in 24 hours

Dance Marathon at UF celebrates its 25th anniversary, raising a record $3.2 million that year for UF Shands Children’s Hospital

Alumnus Kelley Bergstrom makes a new, transformational investment in the business college’s Bergstrom Center for Real Estate to leverage UF’s comprehensive scientific research into practical knowledge to find solutions to issues in real estate
Gators Going Greater – Kelley Bergstrom

Leading from the Heart

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Alumnus Dr. Michael Lehtola and his partner, Bruce Bearden, make a pledge to the College of Medicine honoring Lehtola’s parents, Albert and Dorothy; their gift supports scholarships, research at UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, a fellowship and chair in radiology, and a professorship in medical education

The UF Athletic Association announces that its new $85 million football facility will be named the James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Training Center in recognition of the alumnus’ longtime support
Gators Going Greater – Bill Heavener

Five Years that Forever Changed UF

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Driven by transformation gifts from alumnus Chris Malachowsky and his company, NVIDIA, UF launches an initiative to be a global leader in artificial intelligence innovation and training to solve some of the society’s most formidable challenges; Malachowsky later makes a second investment for a new Data Science and Information Technology building
Your Ideas – Generating Ideas that will Change Tomorrow

UF Announces $70 Million Artificial Intelligence Partnership with NVIDIA

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Alumni Jon and Melanie Antevy give the lead gift to renovate the College of Design, Construction and Planning’s architecture building; in gratitude, the building is named in their honor

Nearly 17,000 alumni, students and friends rally to support UF’s second annual Stand Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day; Gators from as far away as Turkey, Israel, France and Hawaii together donate $23.6 million in 24 hours

Dance Marathon, the university’s annual student-run fundraiser for UF’s children’s hospital, brings in $2.5 million despite being hosted virtually because of pandemic-related restrictions; 5,363 donations are made during the 26.2 marathon

More than 27,000 rural acres in south Florida are given to UF by philanthropist Elizabeth DeLuca to be an outdoor classroom and conservation area for endangered and threatened species; the land is among the largest gifts of real estate ever to any university, and includes cattle ranchlands, a citrus grove, ponds and forests
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Thousands of Acres, Thousands of Possibilities

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Gator couple Benny Vaughn and Joan Carroll create a scholarship in the College of Health and Human Performance to recruit top graduate students

Former UF professor and textbook author Eugene Brigham adds $10.5 million to his Brigham Finance Excellence Fund in the business college; his latest gift brings his total UF giving to more than $20 million

Alumni Rolf and Anne Kuhns invest in the College of Public Health and Health Professions to boost their existing endowed chair and scholarship fund in the physical therapy department



Sam and Roberta Vickers donate their extensive Florida-themed collection of 1,200 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and books to UF’s Harn Museum of Art; the collection includes works by celebrated artists such as John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Martin Johnson Heade and Thomas Moran
Go Greater – Harn Museum of Art

Of Florida, For Florida

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Thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends contribute $25.4 million during UF’s third annual Stand Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day; the 22,198 individual gifts are the most ever in a 24-hour period

Alumni Ken and Linda McGurn make their largest gift to the Florida Museum of Natural History to fund a $32 million expansion to house the Thompson Earth Systems Institute; the new wing is named the Ken and Linda McGurn Exhibition Hall; the couple also establishes a fellowship program in the College of Journalism and Communications and the Levin College of Law to promote media integrity and to fight against disinformation

Go Greater surpasses its original $3 billion goal, with more than a year remaining in the eight-year campaign

The Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program celebrates its 15th anniversary and announces that, thanks to donors, it will increase its number of four-year scholarships to 400 for future freshmen classes

UF Law’s namesake Fred Levin makes a bequest gift valued at $40 million to the college, bringing three generations of his family’s lifetime contributions to the university to more than $60 million — most of it to the Levin College of Law
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The Champion

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Dr. Sandy Fackler establishes the Fackler Family UF Health President’s Neuromedicine Endowment to support pioneering work and research, especially concerning Alzheimer’s disease and addictive medicine

Prime real estate in downtown West Palm Beach is donated to UF so it can build an academic center for as many as 1,000 graduate students and up to 100 faculty in financial services, financial technology and artificial intelligence; the south Florida campus is expected to eventually grow to 1 million square feet, and is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2026

Businessman Ken Griffin gives the College of Education a leadership gift to drive the expansion of its K-12 computer science education program

A new alliance with IBM is launched to expand UF’s vision to be an international leader in artificial intelligence and finance-related research; the collaboration helps faculty and students develop skillsets that align with industry needs and trends in A.I., cybersecurity, quantum cloud computing and data science

UF climbs to No. 5 in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of best public universities




Former UF trustee Dr. Steve Scott invests in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to boost discoveries in its chemistry department and support future chemists; in recognition, the chemistry building is named the Scott Family Chemistry Building

Gators give a school record 26,052 gifts, worth $20.2 million, during UF’s annual 24-hour Stand Up and Holler: Gator Nation Giving Day; contributions boost scholarships, enhance academic programs and support outreach projects that benefit families and communities

Businessman and diabetes advocate Joe Peurrung invests in UF Health’s cutting-edge work in pain medicine and addiction treatment

Scripps Research’s Florida campus becomes part of UF Health to accelerate biomedical discoveries; the new partnership is called UF Scripps Biomedical Research

Alumna Linda Aiken makes a new investment in the College of Nursing to turn the professorship she’d earlier created into an endowed chair position
Gators Going Greater – Linda Aiken

Nurses, and Patients, Have this Woman to Thank

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Longtime booster Hugh Hathcock gives the largest single gift ever to UF Boosters to renovate the basketball practice facility and support UF Athletics’ master plan

The Condron Family Ballpark, named in honor of alumnus Gary Condron, is unveiled when the Gators take on No. 1-ranked Tennessee; Condron’s latest gift brings his investments in UF Athletics to more than $30 million

Alumnus Bruno Ramos and his wife, Maritza, make a commitment to help fund the renovation of the College of Design, Construction and Planning’s architecture building

For the second consecutive year, Gators contribute more than $500 million to UF in a single year; the total giving during Go Greater tops $4 billion


Gators Going Greater

UF was able to Go Greater because of its people. Their expertise, uncommon talents and intellectual curiosity. Gators — professors, students and alumni — are UF’s heart, the people who transform ideas into solutions and investigations into results.

Meet some of the hundreds of thousands of Gators Going Greater. Click on a Gator's name to read their story.

The best is yet to come

Go Greater was a determination, embraced across campus. To continue that pursuit, the university looks to caring philanthropists — the people who feed ingenuity and exploration and create doers and bring ideas to life, imagination to fruition, promise to fulfilment and potential to exceptional. It’s those partnerships with far-sighted leaders that will make UF even more spectacular and enable the university to touch the lives of Earth’s 7 billion people.

So we can all Go Greater, together.

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