USF officials announce new fundraising goal: $1 billion
University of South Florida donors and leaders donned gowns and tuxedos for a glittering gala Friday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. They were there to celebrate the more than $621 million raised over the course of the university's four-year Unstoppable fundraising campaign.
And they weren't done. University leaders announced Friday that USF has entered phase two of the Unstoppable campaign. Now, the USF Foundation's fundraising goal has been raised to $1 billion.
"It is truly rare for a university, nationally, globally, to have a $1 billion campaign," said USF president Judy Genshaft.
The original Unstoppable campaign drew more than 140,000 donors and gave rise to a slate of new facilities -- the Pam and Les Muma Basketball Center, the Corbett Soccer Stadium, the Gonzmart Family Plaza, the Chowdhari Golf Center and the Frank Morsani Football Practice Complex among them. It raised $34 million for faculty chairs and professorships and $325 million for academic programs. More than $75 million went to scholarships, including $1 million from Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum, for students to study abroad. More than $170 million went to USF Health and almost $40 million went to USF athletics. And $140 million funded facilities, including the Patel Center for Global Solutions in Tampa and the Sembler Family Fountain and Plaza at USF St. Petersburg.
After the announcement of the new $1 billion fundraising goal, the 500 guests started dancing to the evening's entertainment -- a live concert from the Pointer Sisters.