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Donor Stories

Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others.

  • A Degree of Distinction: Bill Mariotti Graduates at USF and Begins a New Course in Giving Back
    A Degree of Distinction: Bill Mariotti Graduates at USF and Begins a New Course in Giving Back
    A memorable scene unfolded at USF Sarasota-Manatee's winter commencement in December 2015. After a stirring rendition of Pomp and Circumstance, one very special circumstance stole the show.
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  • Ron Sherman '74 Turns Love of USF into Legacy of Helping Standout First-Generation Students
    Ron Sherman '74 Turns Love of USF into Legacy of Helping Standout First-Generation Students
    When Ron Sherman retired in 2014 from the institution that forever changed his life...
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  • Steve Fessler and Randy Lord
    Steve Fessler and Randy Lord
    When speaking with Steve Fessler and Randy Lord, it’s hard not to smile. They laugh often, speak kindly and are quite simply…happy.
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  • Chris Reyes
    Chris Reyes
    Chris Reyes handled more than her share of raw, emotionally charged situations as an insurance company storm adjuster.
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  • Eileen Rodriguez and Steve Camp
    Eileen Rodriguez and Steve Camp
    They are living a geological love story. When Eileen Rodriguez and Steve Camp talk, you quickly discover a relationship forged in stone...
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  • Building a Lasting Gift for a Special Grandfather
    Building a Lasting Gift for a Special Grandfather
    As a young boy, Gary Porter marveled at his grandfather's deft touch in creating complex blueprints, bringing houses and offices to life around the Tampa...
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  • Dan and Tina Johnson
    Dan and Tina Johnson
    Born and raised in North Carolina during the Great Depression, Dan Johnson learned early in life the value of hard-earned money...
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  • Dr. Robert Fier: An Eye Doctor with a Big Heart
    Dr. Robert Fier: An Eye Doctor with a Big Heart
    He has the technology – small sharp knives for creating micro incisions and specialized lasers blasting ultraviolet light...
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  • Career Marketing Exec Promotes Belief in Journalism with New Investigative Scholarship at USFSP
    Career Marketing Exec Promotes Belief in Journalism with New Investigative Scholarship at USFSP
    For more than 40 years, Len Deadman's career path took him to the heights...
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  • Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
    Using a Beneficiary Designation to Make a Gift to Charity
    Joanne and her late husband Hal had been longtime supporters of our organization. Recently, Joanne's children encouraged...
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  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
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  • Tax-Free Sale
    Tax-Free Sale
    Howard and Lynn were both age 55 when they purchased some vacant land a few miles outside of town. They thought real estate would be a good investment that could be sold later for a profit.
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  • Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Capital Gains Tax Bypassed
    Peter and Gail were nearing retirement. Over the years, with the help of their financial advisor, they made solid investments in securities and built a sizable portfolio.
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  • Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Peace of Mind Gift Annuity
    Many years ago, Clara bought a home. Since she was very pleased with her home, she bought stock in the company that built the home.
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  • Endowment Gift
    Endowment Gift
    Pat and Shelly were recently married. They both had been dedicated volunteers at their favorite charity for many years.
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  • Sale and Unitrust
    Sale and Unitrust
    Gene and Carol purchased stock in a small medical service company several years ago. The company has done well.
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  • The Retirement Unitrust
    The Retirement Unitrust
    Mary grew up on a farm. When her parents passed away, she and her husband Bill inherited the farm.
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  • Property Turns Into Income
    Property Turns Into Income
    Miranda lived in the family home where she and her spouse had raised their three children. After her spouse passed away, Miranda found it increasingly difficult to care for her property.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Luis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially in value.
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  • Part Gift and Part Sale
    Part Gift and Part Sale
    Susan and Kevin bought a vacant lot along Lake Michigan many years ago. They had planned to build a second home so that their family could spend their summers along the lake.
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  • Current Gifts
    Current Gifts
    As is the case with many families, there are times each year when Jim and Sharon focus their attention on gift giving.
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  • Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
    Gift of a Bank Account When No Longer Needed (POD)
    Keith has been a faithful supporter of University of South Florida Foundation, Inc. and makes regular gifts to support our work.
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  • Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Transferable on Death (TOD) Gifts
    Harold and Jeanne married after meeting at an event University of South Florida Foundation, Inc. held for our donors. They wanted to leave a legacy gift...
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  • A Bequest to Further Good Work
    A Bequest to Further Good Work
    Nancy and David were dedicated volunteers. Over the years, they had seen many individuals helped by the good work of their favorite charity.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity
    Deferred Gift Annuity
    Several years ago, Larry and Allison invested $30,000 in what they believed to be an attractive stock.
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  • What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    What Will You Do with Your Unspent Retirement Savings?
    Michael and Kelly were retired engineers with two adult children. They owned a home, some stocks, and IRAs.
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  • Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Gift Annuity for Real Estate
    Jonathan purchased his home many years ago for $80,000. The home is now worth $420,000. Jonathan wants to sell his home and buy a condo for $130,000.
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  • A Bequest to Save Taxes
    A Bequest to Save Taxes
    Thomas was a widower who had a great love for our organization. As an individual who had directly benefited from our work, Thomas wanted to thank us with a gift from his estate.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Leading for the Future
    Luke and Cynthia spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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  • Bequest of Insurance
    Bequest of Insurance
    Marla and Wayne purchased a life insurance policy many years ago to create security for their children's future.
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  • Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust:  Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    Testamentary Charitable Remainder Unitrust: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!
    We have all heard the saying "You can't have your cake and eat it too." This phrase describes a situation where we want two good things at the same time when that isn't possible.
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