Alumni News

Message from Elizabeth Zipper, the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs

As we reflect on the last eight years of the Go Greater campaign, there is enormous growth to celebrate. From increased scholarships to faculty endowments to new buildings, our donors have made amazing and generous contributions to the college that will last in perpetuity. And to you specifically, we say thank you. 

Created in 2015, the Crisafi Challenge has grown into a hallmark fundraising program over the last seven years. Not only has this challenge transformed how the college views scholarships — creating an additional, annual stream of funding focused on recruitment — but this program will last forever thanks to the incredible $1.5M legacy gift from Dr. Bob, ’56, and Barbara Crisafi. Legacy giving to the college has increased considerably with innovative programs like the 10inTEN. In 2017, the college set a goal to reach 10 new legacy donors in 10 months. Twelve new donors joined the Legacy Society in 2017 with over $2 million in deferred commitments to increase support for students, programs and research. 

We’ve made exciting strides toward fundraising for Malachowksy Hall for Data Science and Information Technology. This new and innovative space will expand the college’s footprint and be home to one of our five departments, as well as other researchers and students. Thanks to the DuBow Family Foundation’s leadership gift of $500,000 in 2018, the UF College of Pharmacy received the university’s first gift to support the new building. In 2021, Carl, ’76, and Joan Allison also committed $500,000 to name substantial space within the building.

Additionally, Debbie DeSantis, alumnae from the class of 1982, most recently committed to a multi-year pledge of $750,000. Her pledge will transform precision medicine at the college as the first philanthropic gift benefiting this space. Through her gift, the college has established a new faculty endowment honoring a top-tier researcher, as well as a non-endowed fund to annually provide funding for graduate students seeking further training within precision medicine. 

We are so grateful for these trailblazers who have consistently and increasingly supported the college through their philanthropy. And we are grateful to all donors of all sized gifts who have supported the college over the last eight years through our many programs and projects. The examples shared above are just a few of the numerous impact stories the college has had through philanthropy. The success of the Go Greater campaign is yours. 

Go Gators … and Go Greater!  

Elizabeth Zipper
Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs | 352-273-6605