These yearly gifts allow donors to have an immediate and direct impact on the daily lives of students and faculty. These funds are also used to address the university’s most critical needs.
Donors may designate annual fund gifts for specific purposes (restricted funds) or allow UCF to direct the funds to where they are needed most (unrestricted funds).
A named non-endowed scholarship can be created for a minimum investment of $10,000 over three years. Donors may direct contributions to a specific college or department.
These gifts are valuable for the spirit of commitment they demonstrate, including regard for the university, affinity with classmates and desire to help current students.
Every contribution makes a difference in the lives and work of our students and faculty. Funds are used to reward talented and promising students, recruit and retain distinguished faculty members, modernize labs and classrooms with state-of-the-art resources, administer ground breaking research, connect our programs to our community and much more.
These are gifts which are invested in perpetuity to provide ongoing funding for student scholarships, academic chairs, professorships and academic programs.
The minimum funding levels required to establish a named endowment are generally as follows:
Endowments can honor individuals and perpetuate shared values. Many of UCF’s endowments have become family traditions with succeeding generations adding gifts to the principal established by the founding donors.
Endowed scholarships, faculty posts and programs add a discernible difference in quality, financial stability and value to the UCF campus and community. Holding an endowed professorship or chair is an honor in academia, and an opportunity to reward our most notable faculty or to recruit eminent professors.
Gifts to fund capital projects, such as the Morgridge International Reading Center, the UCF Performing Arts Center and the College of Medicine at the UCF Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona, are critical to UCF as we continue to develop our physical infrastructure.
UCF’s student population continues to grow rapidly in size and quality. In order to meet the needs of our students, we need new and enhanced facilities to provide them with the environments they need to learn and thrive. During the previous capital campaign, 19 buildings benefited from capital project gifts.
The Office of Gift Planning offers donors a variety of gifting methods that allows them to make larger gifts, increase their current income, provide tax savings and, most importantly, leave a legacy for future generations at UCF. Effective gift planning allows you to express your personal values by integrating family, financial and charitable goals. Gifts such as bequests from wills, trusts, charitable gift annuities, retirement plans and life insurance policies provide valuable support for all programs at UCF.
Planned gifts provide the support essential for scholarship funding for deserving students, funding for ongoing research, meeting unanticipated needs and endowing the future for students, faculty and staff.