Alumni and friends stand up for PHHP on Giving Day

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends made 265 gifts to the college on February 18

College of Public Health and Health Professions alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends rallied on February 18 to support the college’s education, research and service activities with 265 gifts totaling more than $2.3 million, the highest amount raised by a UF college.

Gator Nation Giving Day, UF’s one-day giving campaign, encouraged Gators from all over to “Stand Up and Holler” for UF. The 24-hour campaign raised more than $25 million from 22,198 gifts.

At PHHP, six challenges led by alumni, department chairs, faculty, retired faculty and an anonymous donor helped propel giving by matching gifts, dollar for dollar.

Alumnus Ameen Baker, who earned a bachelor’s degree in health science in 2005 and a master’s in health administration in 2007, gave a gift on Giving Day to support students in the department of health services research, management and policy.

“UF, PHHP and HSRMP have given so much to me!” said Baker, now the director of Medical Staff Administration at UF Health. “I wouldn’t be who and where I am without some extra help, like most students out there. It’s a small gift that can mean a dream.”