Released on April 14, 2023

The university is grateful to each donor for their contributions during UCF Day of Giving 2023 to unleash the potential of Knights and celebrate all things Black & Gold together.

For UCF Day of Giving 2023, Knights raised more than $6.8 million — an 84% increase from last year, and the most in university history. UCF Day of Giving contributions not only highlight Black & Gold pride — they help support our local community, fund life-changing scholarships, power championship athletics, build 21st century learning facilities, fuel innovative research and enhance the university’s global reputation.

Critical Aid to Help Address the Nursing Shortage

This year’s Day of Giving saw more than 175 funds receiving gifts throughout the day. Donors were able to support the areas that mean the most to them — from academic programs to student support resources. Among these areas is the College of Nursing, which received 420 gifts.

About 40% of the gifts made to the College of Nursing fund support the future College of Nursing building, which will help UCF graduate over 50% more nurses to help alleviate the state and national nursing shortage. Among these gifts was a $100,000 contribution from VNA Foundation, which supports community organizations that benefit home healthcare services and care for the elderly.

“Knight nurses are needed now more than ever. We are incredibly thankful for the support we received [on UCF Day of Giving 2023], which will help our students succeed in their studies and graduate to make a difference on the health of our communities,” says Dean Mary Lou Sole. “These gifts are also critically important to help us unleash our potential — to address the nursing shortage and solve healthcare’s greatest challenges — with the new building at the Academic Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona.”

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