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IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF raised $531,507,722

Fueling the Future

UCF successfully raised more than $500 million to support student success, faculty retention and student-athlete performance.

By Jenna Marina Lee

As the most ambitious fundraising effort in our history, IGNITE: The Campaign for UCF will transform the university and the community for years to come. During the eight-year campaign, which came to a close June 30, 2019, every gift made to the university was counted toward the $500 million goal. And in true Knight spirit, we not only met the goal — we exceeded it.

Where the Money is Going

From educational opportunities to learning spaces, funds raised from IGNITE will help ensure UCF students not only succeed but excel.


405 New Scholarships Established
28.3 Million total raised for new scholarships
38.2 million total raised for existing scholarships

Knight’s Pantry

$288,388.05 raised to feed students in need.
Equivalent to:

148,224 bowls of cereal
231,750 lbs of meat and frozen goods
80,228 jars or peanut butter
23,160 dozens of eggs

1 New Campus

UCF Downtown

New Endowed Faculty

New Endowed Faculty


College Amount
College of Arts and Humanities $14,540,480
Burnett Honors College $3,690,416
College of Business $28,530,981
College of Community Innovation and Education $13,667,932
College of Engineering and Computer Science $91,763,251
College of Graduate Studies $294,444
College of Health Professions and Sciences $2,545,363
College of Medicine $37,192,100
College of Nursing $11,031,845
College of Optics and Photonics $8,208,603
Rosen College of Hospitality Management $25,169,283
College of Sciences $24,220,188
College of Undergraduate Studies $1,043,551
Area Amount
Athletics $110,769,451
Student Development and Enrollment Services $34,821,820
WUCF $15,357,803

Where the Money Came From

Alumni, students, faculty, staff as well as private and public organizations helped fuel our success.

Total Donors

Thank You!


All 67 Florida counties
All 50 states
25 countries


“We do not take lightly the trust our donors have placed in this great university. You can be sure their generosity will have a positive and profound impact on the lives of our students, faculty and alumni for years to come. Thank you!”

Rick Walsh ’77 ’83MS, IGNITE Campaign Chair