Thursday, February 15 is the University of Florida’s annual Gator Nation Giving Day, when UF alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends worldwide all get a chance to Stand Up & Holler #AllForTheGators!
Stand Up & Holler is UF’s sixth annual giving day — a full 24-hour fundraising event, calling on all University of Florida alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends to come together and demonstrate what can be accomplished when Gators Stand Up & Holler. Your contribution on Giving Day celebrates and strengthens UF by supporting areas like innovation and research, student access and enrichment and faculty excellence.
Giving Day is a celebration, a chance to unite our voices by showing support for UF and all the research, education and outreach that make a positive impact on our state, nation and world.
Through UF’s land-grant mission, IFAS touches the lives of more people around the state than any other part of the University. Whether they received their degrees from CALS, benefit from UF/IFAS scientific research, rely on their county Extension office for educational programs, or have fond memories of summers spent at 4-H camps, hundreds of thousands of people each year benefit from the teaching, research and Extension work of UF/IFAS.
You can give gifts of any amount to any UF fund during Gator Nation Giving Day. This year we are highlighting more matching challenges, so that every dollar you contribute to support UF/IFAS Extension goes even further.
Here are the giving opportunities we’re featuring during Gator Nation Giving Day this year:
|FLORIDA 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Give Florida’s youth opportunities to learn life skills, grow as leaders and find their spark with 4-H! From agriculture to art, civic engagement to healthy living, and photography to robotics, 4-H’ers discover their potential and become the leaders we need now more than ever.
Your support provides kids and teens in your community with life-shaping experiences like 4-H Legislature in our state’s capitol building, 4-H University at UF, and more!
4-H camping is where youth discover new passions, strengthen their independence and connect with their peers to be effective team members and develop as leaders. Your gift will help improve facilities and resources for kids at Florida’s 4-H camps this summer.
Marilyn Norman Florida 4-H Camp Challenge
Dr. Marilyn Norman, retired Florida 4-H State Program Leader, will match all gifts dollar for dollar to Florida 4-H Camps Cherry Lake, Cloverleaf and Timpoochee, up to $1,000 each. An additional $500 will be unlocked for the Camp with the most gifts received.
|4-H Camp Cherry Lake–Madison
Camp Cherry Lake in Madison has provided a place for youth to belong, connect and grow since 1937. We are in a $3.5M campaign to build new accessible lodging. With lead gifts from donors and a state funding request, we hope to pass this $1M mark this spring. Your gift to this historic campaign for Cherry Lake gets us closer to our goal – every dollar counts!
4-H Camp Cherry Lake will be our premier agriculture and workforce development camp, providing space for collaboration between UF and FAMU, certification training and hands-on learning for youth across the Big Bend and beyond.
|4-H Camp Cloverleaf—Lake Placid
Support the 4-H Camp Cloverleaf Animal Ambassadors. Our animal friends bring science to life through hands-on science in herpetology, ecology, environmental science, biology and more. Your gift will provide much needed supplies so even more Florida kids have the opportunity to learn alongside our Animal Ambassadors.
With hands-on learning in science, outdoor skills and more, 4-H Camp provides opportunities for kids to explore their world and find their spark. Kids discover new passions, strengthen their independence, and connect with peers to be effective team members and develop as leaders. Camp Cloverleaf in Highlands County welcomes kids and visitors from across Florida to participate in residential and day camp adventures.
|4-H Camp Timpoochee–Niceville
Last year you lit up our summer by providing safety and fun lighting to illuminate camp nights. This year you can make Camp Timpoochee the “coolest” camp with the addition of misting fans! With a record number of heat advisories in 2023, we want to make sure our campers stay safe while enjoying all the fun camp has to offer.
4-H Camp Timpoochee brings science to life in a living laboratory providing marine and forest classrooms on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Hosting marine science camps, educator workshops and environmental education programs, Camp Timpoochee provides youth the opportunity to connect and grow as scientists, leaders and responsible citizens.
|FLORIDA PROJECT LEARNING TREE
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning education program that uses the study of forests and trees to increase children’s understanding of the environment and the actions they can take to conserve it. In Florida, PLT is an Extension program of the UF/IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences.
Your gift supports training and resources for teachers to share the wonders of the outdoors with Florida’s youth. Funds directly support educator professional development trainings and teacher resources. Every $30 sponsors a teacher’s curriculum guide; $50 provides a teacher with both curriculum and supplementary activity kits.
Langdale Challenge for Florida PLT
The Langdale Company is proud to support Project Learning Tree and is matching gifts up to $2,000 total.
|EXTENSION UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS
A collaboration between UF/IFAS Extension and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, students work alongside county Extension professionals to design and deliver educational programming throughout Florida. Through this unique service-learning opportunity, students support community programs, develop professional skillsets and explore career opportunities in Extension. Your gift helps to fund these experiences while building a talent pipeline of future Extension professionals.
Jimmy & Benita Boyd Challenge for Extension Internships
Gifts to Extension Undergraduate Internships will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $3,000, by Mr. Jimmy and Ms. Benita Boyd.
|FLORIDA MASTER GARDENER LEGACY ENDOWMENT
What do school gardens, honeybee demonstrations, and an agriculture history garden have in common? They are all Master Gardener Volunteer projects funded by the MGV Legacy Award! This program recognizes county Master Gardener Volunteer groups with support for new or continuing educational projects. Your gift grows the funding available for more of these outstanding community projects for years to come.
Master Gardener Legacy Endowment Challenge
An anonymous donor is matching all gifts to the Florida Master Gardener Legacy Endowment, up to $5,000.
|KARL HAVENS MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FOR FLORIDA SEA GRANT
Karl E. Havens served as director of Florida Sea Grant from 2007 until his unexpected passing in 2019. A professor of aquatic ecology at the University of Florida, Karl was a leading international expert on aquatic research, management, education and outreach.
Your gift will help to permanently endow this fund in Karl’s memory and fuel Florida Sea Grant’s continued work to better understand and protect our most precious resources – our water, coastlines and ecosystems – through funding student programs.
Karl Havens Sea Grant Challenge
Dr. Maia McGuire, Florida Sea Grant Associate Director for Extension and Education, will match gifts dollar for dollar made to the Karl Havens Excellence Endowment, up to $5,000.
You can see a full list of giving opportunities for UF/IFAS Teaching, Research and Extension on the Gator Giving Day website.
This is going to be a great Gator Nation Giving Day, and I’m excited to see just how much energy Gators everywhere are going to generate when we stand up and holler for UF!
To Stand Up & Holler on social media, be sure to use #AllForTheGators