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It is the mission of University Advancement to encourage and support relationships that benefit the University of West Florida by seeking out strategic opportunities that increase visibility, build affinity, facilitate engagement, inspire giving, and steward the generosity of alumni, donors, friends, students, faculty and staff.


I am a UWF Student/Employee

DEVELOPMENT/ALUMNI RELATIONS

To obtain a list of departmental alumni, contact Alumni Relations at alumni@uwf.edu.

If you want to survey your alumni, please email alumni@uwf.edu. Alumni Relations will work with you to determine which alumni need to be surveyed, how you would like to send the survey and when the survey can be sent. If you are sending your survey through email, Alumni Relations will send the survey on your behalf.

If you want to solicit your alumni, please contact your college's development liaison. The College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the College of Business should contact Robin Zimmern at rzimmern@uwf.edu. The Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering and the Usha Kundu, MD College of Health should contact Tori Bennett at toribennett@uwf.edu. They will assist you with coordinating your alumni solicitation efforts to minimize excessive solicitations and maximize overall support to the University.

Please submit all address updates, professional accomplishments and achievement information to alumni@uwf.edu. Alumni Relations will make sure that the information is updated in its database and will also forward any professional accomplishment/achievement information to Institutional Communications for use in the “Class Notes” section of the UWF alumni and friends magazine, Connection.

There are many ways to feature the achievements of your alumni. You may have an alumni spotlight section on your department’s website or in a department e-newsletter. Institutional Communications may also be able to use your alumni achievement information in one of its marketing pieces (e.g., Connection, website, ads, etc.), so please forward information you receive about your alumni’s professional accomplishments/achievements to Alumni Relations, who will coordinate submission to Institutional Communications.

If you wish to request private gifts from your alumni and friends, please email development@uwf.edu to discuss your goals and the need for private support. Coordination of fundraising efforts through the Office of Development minimizes excessive solicitation of alumni and friends and maximizes overall support for the University.

If you are aware of a large prospective gift, please contact Howard Reddy, Vice President of University Advancement, to discuss the prospect. The Development staff will be able to provide effective support, conduct donor research, assist with cultivation and solicitation, ensure effective stewardship, and provide recognition for the donor.

Annual Gifts are defined as gifts (restricted or unrestricted) that are received during the fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and are under $10,000.

Major Gifts are gifts of $10,000 or more that are provided to support University priorities. They may also be restricted or unrestricted.

Endowments are created by donors who wish their gifts to be invested for growth while using a portion of the earned income to support a designated program, scholarship, etc. The minimum endowment level is $25,000.

Planned Gifts are future gifts to UWF made through bequests, estates, insurance policies, gift annuities and trusts.

There are specific naming guidelines included in University Policy BOT 08.03-06/17. The policy may be viewed at Naming Opportunities and Guidelines or by visiting the Foundation Document Library
 

UWF FOUNDATION INC.

Policies for UWF Foundation, Inc. are available on the Foundation document library webpage.

The Foundation does not have a general use account to provide funding upon request. Typically, Foundation donors make gifts to a specific department or program which restricts the benefit to that area (e.g., Biology Department). However, most chairs, deans, and vice presidents have control of an account(s) with less restrictive general area gifts (e.g., the COB Dean's account). You may contact your dean and/or VP for possible available funding. 

To establish a new account or project within the UWF Foundation, contact the Foundation and request a new account questionnaire.

To obtain a list of donors specific to an account or department, please email Advancement Services at advservices@uwf.edu.

HISTORIC TRUST

UWF Historic Trust is a non-profit direct support organization of UWF that is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Northwest Florida. Its mission is to serve as a public and educational institution for the enrichments and benefit of the community. Responsibilities of the UWF Historic Trust include research, preservation, archiving and presenting collections and resources through exhibits, museums and programming.

The administrative offices of UWF Historic Trust are located in the Bowden Building in downtown Pensacola. The Historic Pensacola Village consists of 27 properties located in the Pensacola National Register Historic District. Eleven of the properties are interpreted facilities open to the public. An additional property, the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, is located in Milton, Florida.

Detailed information about UWF Historic Trust's museums, fees, guided tours and hours of operations can be found on the Historic Trust website.

WUWF

WUWF Public Media is a collection of media platforms, with one analog FM station, 3 hybrid digital (HD) FM channels, and a robust online presence at wuwf.org. WUWF 88.1FM is a 100,000 watt professionally staffed affiliate of National Public Radio, serving a weekly audience of nearly 60,000 listeners from Mobile, Alabama to Panama City, Florida. The programming on both the analog and digital HD-1 channel at 88.1FM is primarily news and information with music and variety programs on evenings and weekends. WUWF HD-2 features classical music 24/7. WUWF HD-3 is Sightline, a reading service for the vision impaired. WUWF also has a YouTube channel featuring performances and podcasts from the programs RadioLive and Acoustic Interlude. In addition to its broadcast and online services, WUWF also provides webcasting services for the University.

WUWF is a professionally staffed NPR affiliate with opportunities for students to gain part-time paid professional experience while pursuing their studies at UWF. Students interested in a career in public media are encouraged to visit the station located in Building 88 on the UWF Pensacola campus or email Joe Vincenza, director of programming and operations, at joe@wuwf.org.

WUWF is largely member supported. 46% of WUWF’s budget comes from individuals and local businesses who understand the importance of supporting a service they use. The University of West Florida provides 39% of our funding. The remaining 15% is in the form of grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Florida Department of Education.

I am an Alumni/Supporter

The University of West Florida Alumni Association consists of over 91,000 UWF Alumni. Membership is free and open to all graduates of the university. Alumni Relations is pleased to provide networking opportunities, affinity program discounts and rewards, alumni chapter gatherings and special events to all our members of the UWF Alumni Association. All of our resources, programs, alumni benefits and upcoming events can be found at alumni.uwf.edu.

Alumni and Fans can support UWF in a variety of ways.

If you are interested in making a gift to support students, scholarships, departments or athletic teams, head to uwf.edu/give.

To learn about the various giving methods and programs of support, visit the Development webpage.

UWF Historic Trust is a non-profit direct support organization of UWF that is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Northwest Florida. Its mission is to serve as a public and educational institution for the enrichments and benefit of the community. Responsibilities of the UWF Historic Trust include research, preservation, archiving and presenting collections and resources through exhibits, museums and programming. Find more information on historicpensacola.org.

WUWF Public Media is a collection of media platforms, with one analog FM station, 3 hybrid digital (HD) FM channels, and a robust online presence at wuwf.org. WUWF 88.1FM is a 100,000 watt professionally staffed affiliate of National Public Radio, serving a weekly audience of nearly 60,000 listeners from Mobile, Alabama to Panama City, Florida. The programming on both the analog and digital HD-1 channel at 88.1FM is primarily news and information with music and variety programs on evenings and weekends. WUWF HD-2 features classical music 24/7. WUWF HD-3 is Sightline, a reading service for the vision impaired. WUWF also has a YouTube channel featuring performances and podcasts from the programs RadioLive and Acoustic Interlude. In addition to its broadcast and online services, WUWF also provides webcasting services for the University.