USF Surpasses $600 Million USF: Unstoppable Campaign Goal
USF hails the positive impact the campaign will have within the USF System for generations to come.
By Jay Wilson
Special to USF News
TAMPA, FLA. (July 10, 2013) – The USF Foundation, in conjunction with the University of South Florida System, announced today that it has exceeded the $600 million fundraising goal for the USF: Unstoppable Campaign. The campaign, publicly launched in October of 2009, has raised both awareness and funding for USF System students and priorities in academics, athletics and research. As of June 30, the campaign surpassed $621 million.
USF System President Judy Genshaft said the successful campaign has truly been a system-wide effort, and one that has lived up to its billing.
“We are so grateful to the many people throughout the Tampa Bay region and around the country who have supported the USF System through their gifts during this campaign,” said Genshaft. “They have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and our faculty and their generosity will benefit and impact our community in so many ways.”
The USF: Unstoppable Campaign has thus far raised more than $75 million for student scholarships and $34 million for faculty chairs and professorships. In addition, benefactors to the campaign donated more than $325 million to support academic program enhancements, which impact both faculty and students through the creation of better opportunities for teaching, learning, and research.
USF: Unstoppable Campaign Chair Les Muma said that the academic focus of the campaign was not lost on USF’s many supporters.
“As chair of this campaign, I had the opportunity to meet with many, many donors who support the USF System,” said Muma. “Time and again I was struck by how their giving to USF was motivated by wanting to help students learn, faculty members teach and conduct research, and by their desire to see the impact their philanthropy makes on both individuals and the greater community. We are so thankful for the gifts of more than 140, 000 donors who stepped forward to support USF.”
Also benefitting from the campaign has been USF Health, including the Morsani College of Medicine, and the USF Colleges of Nursing, Public Health, Pharmacy and the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. Including the giving of Frank and Carol Morsani, which led to the naming of the Morsani College of Medicine and the construction of the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, more than $170 million was donated to USF Health.
Giving to USF Health led to the establishment of the SELECT Program, USF’s partnership with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, the growth of the USF Diabetes Center and BRIDGE clinics serving at-risk youth in Tampa Bay.
The USF athletics program raised nearly $40 million during the campaign, with many of the gifts designated for new facilities. Now dotting the dramatically-altered athletics landscape are the Pam and Les Muma Basketball Center, the Corbett Soccer Stadium, the Gonzmart Family Plaza (connecting the new baseball and softball stadiums), the Chowdhari Golf Center, the Frank Morsani Football Practice Complex and the soon-to-be-constructed James Tennis Center, funded by a lead gift from Tom James.
Academic and campus life facilities were also supported by giving during the USF: Unstoppable campaign. The nearly $140 million raised for facilities included the Patel Center for Global Solutions in Tampa and the Sembler Family Fountain and Plaza at the heart of USF St. Petersburg.
Joel Momberg, Senior Vice President for University Advancement and Alumni Affairs and CEO of the USF Foundation, summed up the gratitude of USF and the USF Foundation for the support of so many.
“The USF: Unstoppable Campaign, through the creation of facilities, endowments and academic enhancements, is not only changing lives for the better today, but will continue to do so far into the future,” said Momberg. “This campaign is strengthening USF in countless ways, as well as the entire community. The USF Foundation looks forward to continuing to work with our friends and partners to forge a stronger USF System for many years to come.”
Jay Wilson can be reached at 813-974-9562.