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New Initiative Aims to Raise $150 Million for Faculty Support and Teaching

UF President Bernie Machen has announced a plan designed to increase the number of faculty and bolster faculty research dollars. The UF Faculty Challenge aims to raise $150 million to meet the demands of educating Florida’s growing population and make UF one of the nation’s premier research universities.

“In order for the University of Florida to reach its potential, we must find ways to do a better job supporting our faculty,” Machen says. “The purpose of this initiative is to build an endowment to provide for competitive salaries, so the university can attract and retain the best and brightest faculty and give them the tools they need to excel.”

Your gift can enhance the learning experiences of thousands of students each year by bringing the latest discoveries into the classroom and helping find answers to problems facing people around the globe. Private gifts will be used to create endowments for professorships, fellowships, lectureships and provide funding for research and graduate students. You can specify the use of your gift or leave it to the discretion of the university to be used to elevate research and teaching at the University of Florida.

Gifts to the challenge of $100,000 or more may be eligible for state matching funds. In an effort to garner more support, for every gift of $1 million or more, Machen has pledged to add $250,000 specifically for the Faculty Challenge from a discretionary fund of private donations. Gifts of more than $2 million are matched dollar-for-dollar. For more information, please visit or call (352) 392-1691.

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