Campus Life

UWF’s inaugural Day of Giving raises more than $113,000 from over 900 donors

The University of West Florida hosted its inaugural Day of Giving event on Thursday, April 19, raising more than $113,000. Over 900 people donated online and in-person on campus, during UWF’s first ever 24-hour fundraising initiative.

Day of Giving is an online, social-media-driven effort that supports the University and its programs. Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends made gifts, directing their contributions to any of the 14 featured funds. The goal for the initiative is to bring all Argos together on one day and make a lasting impact for current and future students. The athletics fund drew the highest number of donors and dollars, at $23,115 and 183 donors followed by UWF’s greatest needs and the Argo Pantry fund.

“Our inaugural Day of Giving has been a tremendous success,” said President Martha D. Saunders. “The Argo Nation came together for our academic, scholarship, student and athletics funds. I want to thank everyone for their strong support of UWF.”

Donations came in from 43 states and several countries, with donations from Ireland, England, Costa Rica, Australia and New Zealand.

“The great support we received from near and far makes all the difference as UWF forges new horizons,” said Howard Reddy, vice president for university advancement. “We are very grateful.”

The event was part of UWF’s inaugural Founders Week, a weeklong celebration that serves as an opportunity to bring the UWF family together, welcome alumni and visitors to campus and give back to the community. For more information on Founders Week, visit

Donations were accepted online through April 30. For more information about UWF Day of Giving, visit

For more information about donating to UWF, visit