Jay Stroman and Jose Valiente
A Message From Foundation Leadership

The University of South Florida continues to be recognized as the nation’s fastest-rising university — public or private. Our remarkable progress as a world-class university is made possible through your support of our commitment to student success, leading research and the betterment of the Tampa Bay region.

Among this year’s historic accomplishments was USF’s first-ever Giving Week, which raised $230,720 from more than 1,450 donors with a passion for making a difference in the lives of our students. Grateful Patient giving to USF Health was also remarkable this year at nearly $4 million.

We also continued to engage with communities and organizations throughout our Tampa Bay region. Of note, the Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Fall Symposium — held virtually in October 2020 — celebrated WLP’s 15th year of creating opportunities for thousands of students and faculty members through scholarships, research grants and leadership development programs. 

In spring 2021, the Joyce Russell Kente Awards recognized 19 students who received scholarships at the event, including the Black Faculty Staff Association Endowment Scholarship, the Dr. Israel “Ike” Tribble Jr. Endowed Scholarship and the Ruth and Jerry Bell Endowed Scholarship. The virtual event also celebrated the long legacy of the Black community by honoring local leaders who inspire us. 

As the university emerges from the challenges of the past year and returns to our campuses as one USF, we are reminded of your generosity. For the third straight year, donors committed more than $110 million to USF. Our endowment has grown to more than $692 million.

USF is rising in many ways, and we hope you will enjoy reading about how philanthropy continues to elevate our university. In this Performance Report, you’ll read about the exciting year we’ve had — from the construction of the Judy Genshaft Honors College to cutting-edge medical research. You will also read about the growth and success of the Black Leadership Network and Latino Scholarship Program. Your giving has changed the trajectory for thousands of students in St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Tampa — and we are grateful.

Your support propels our success as a world-class research university and helps to guide our trajectory toward a bold future. USF is rising because of you. Thank you for all you have done for our university. We deeply appreciate your commitment to making a difference at USF. Go Bulls!

USF Foundation Board


CEO, USF Foundation
Senior Vice President,
University Advancement & Alumni Affairs