Educational Institutions

University of Florida Foundation, Inc.

  • Gainesville, FL
  • http://www.uff.ufl.edu

Mission Statement

Created in 1934 as the University of Florida Endowment Corporation, the Foundation expanded in the early 1950s to become the primary fund-raising and fund-management arm of the university. In 1964, Florida certified the Foundation under its current name. The mission of the UF Foundation is to support and enhance the university by encouraging private support and volunteer leadership in support of the university's objectives.

Main Programs

  1. Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The University of Florida serves the international community.

ruling year

1979

Principal Officer

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Mr. Thomas J Mitchell

Keywords

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EIN

59-0974739

 Number

3717521113

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program

The University of Florida is committed to actively supporting initiatives that enable access to higher education for qualified students from all socio-economic backgrounds. However, over time, the average family income of UF undergraduates has continued to rise and the number of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds has fallen. In 2008, the median freshman family income was $100,000 while only 22 percent came from families earning less than $50,000.
National studies have shown that students from low socio-economic backgrounds can be deterred from enrolling in a four-year college or university because of fear of debt and concerns that working while in school could hamper the chances for academic success. Many of these students enroll in community colleges or choose not to attend college at all.
To help address this concern, in fall 2005, President Bernie Machen asked Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin to design a new financial aid access program for first-generation college students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
President Machen approved a proposal to provide full grant/scholarship financial aid packages to first-generation-in-college freshmen Florida resident students from families who made less than $40,000 per year. The program, which was endorsed by the UF Board of Trustees, was named the Florida Opportunity Scholars Program (FOS) and was available to first-time-in-college students enrolling summer 2006 or later. The program provides recipients a full grant and scholarship package each year for enrollment in a baccalaureate degree program. Two million dollars in grant assistance was committed for the 2006-07 inaugural year and support was increased to over $7.2 million dollars for 2009-10 to fund both returning students and a new first-year class.

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Budget

$7,200,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The University of Florida serves the international community.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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University of Florida Foundation, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Thomas J Mitchell

BIO

Mr. Mitchell is VP for Development and Alumni Affairs at UF. He came to UF in June 2010. He previously served as vice chancellor of university advancement of the University of California, Irvine, and president of the UC Irvine Foundation. Prior to his time in California, he served as associate VP and as president of the Iowa State University Foundation as well as VP for development at Northern Illinois University and served the University of Nebraska system in various development positions. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education and business administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a master's in education administration from the University of Nebraska.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Beth A. McCague

Chair

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