Founded in 1965, the University of West Florida Foundation exists to assist the University in achieving educational excellence. It does so by attracting distinguished alumni and friends to lead the effort to raise private support for the margin of excellence that gifts make possible. The mission of the UWF Foundation is to encourage, maintain and administer gifts and bequests of property or funds for scientific, educational, or charitable purposes in service of the advancement of the University of West Florida.
The Board’s role includes advocacy of the University in public forums as well as support of other UWF DSO’s in their efforts related to public/private partnerships and community outreach.
To this end, members of the Board of Directors are expected to support the University with their time, talent, and treasure.
Time – The Board of Directors meets four times a year--in the fall, winter, spring and summer. The meetings are scheduled when possible in conjunction with UWF Board of Trustee meetings and special University events and provide an opportunity for directors to learn about the University, engage in dialogue with the President about its future direction, and shape the fundraising program to achieve the University's objectives.
In addition, all directors may be asked to be actively involved throughout the year in some aspect of the University's fundraising program. This most frequently will take the form of cultivating potential supporters of the university. In some instances, directors will be asked to serve directly in fundraising activities, including but not limited to the planning, execution and management of capital campaigns. This could involve activities done in tandem with university staff, and could require activities and initiatives completed independently.
Talent - Directors will be invited to join the Board because of their desire to enhance the University and their ability to interest others in doing so with their gift support. In addition, each director will be asked to serve on one management committee related to his or her special skills.
Treasure - All directors are expected to support the University through leadership gifts consistent with their means to the Annual Fund. At a minimum, directors are expected to make (or be moving toward) annual gifts at a level which will qualify for recognition at the Nautilus Level (presently a minimum of $1,000).
In addition, directors are expected to give serious consideration to supporting endowment and facilities programs of special interest to them. Further, each director will be encouraged to make provision for the Foundation in his or her estate plan.
In evaluating director performance relative to these three areas of responsibility, the Board is mindful of the unique contributions directors can make. In some cases, these directors are limited by time or distance, but are able to undertake or lead special efforts on behalf of the University. Whether they be in the areas of fundraising, advocacy, or real estate acquisition or management, the Board gives due consideration to these contributions even when time or distance constraints limit other participation.