To learn more about the 2014 Giving Challenge, please visit USFSM.edu/guaranteed.
From noon on May 6 to noon on May 7, USF Sarasota-Manatee will take part in the 2014 Giving Challenge, a community-wide fundraiser for nonprofits with online profiles in The Giving Partner web platform. All tax-deductible donations made to USFSM during the Giving Challenge will be directed to the Florida First Generation Matching Grant program, which means they will earn a guaranteed 1:1 match by the state of Florida, and may qualify for a second match by The Giving Challenge’s foundation partners. USFSM is calling its campaign “Guaranteed Match. Guaranteed Future.”
“We are so excited to be able to guarantee that every gift given to USFSM during this fundraiser will be doubled—and possibly more– helping as many students as possible become the first in their families to attend college,” said Dennis Stover, regional vice chancellor for advancement. “With the $440,000 in additional matching funds offered as incentives by the Giving Challenge partner organizations, we hope to see each one dollar in donations become four! During the Giving Challenge, we all have the opportunity to provide the gift of a future to young people who might otherwise never be able to achieve a university degree.”
Devin Archer, a senior at USFSM majoring in Accounting, has taken advantage of her First Generation Matching Grant scholarship to work towards her goal of becoming a CPA and earning an MBA with an accounting concentration. “As a full-time student, finances were difficult for me and I had already taken out student loans in order to pay for my education,” Archer said. “My scholarship helped relieve a lot of that financial burden and allowed me to focus more of my energy on my education and achieving my goals and I was able to afford to take more classes sooner. It is very important to me that I attain a marketable degree and achieve success through my professional goals, so that I can provide for my family and lead a rewarding career.”