Our Mission
Raising Funds for UF Health Shands Hospital and the Gainesville community

Philanthropic Endeavors Exceed $2,500,000!

Guild Members at gift agreement signing event
The UF Medical Guild signs their 4th endowment with UF Health, to support the Department of Patient and Family Resources, at UF Health Professional Park.

The Guild has a proud history of philanthropic support to UF Health and the communities it serves.  In excess of $2.5 million has been distributed by the Guild. This support has increased substantially in the past several years as Gift Stop profits and continued member donations have enabled the Guild to create endowments congruent with the values of its members.

  • Endowment #1 funds the Equal Access Clinic Network, a network of student-run, free health care clinics.  The agreement was signed on January 8, 2019 in celebration of the Guild’s 60th anniversary.  It has been fully funded at a level of $250,000 and generates annual support of $10,000 in perpetuity.
  • Endowment #2 funds the Medical Guild Graduate Research Award for Biomedical Science Interdisciplinary programs, an award established in 1975.  The agreement was signed on October 30, 2020. It has been fully funded at a level of $200,000 and generates annual support of $8,000 in perpetuity.
  • Endowment #3 funds Palliative Care Support at UF Health hospitals.  This agreement was signed on April 28, 2021. It has been fully funded at a level of $200,000 and generates annual support of $8,000 in perpetuity.
  • Endowment #4 funds the Department of Patient and Family Resources at UF Health Shands and supports the the needs of patients that fall outside the coverage of their insurance provider or other community resources. Begun in January 2024, this endowment will eventually be funded at $200,000 and is anticipated to generate annual support of $8,000 in perpetuity.

Our most significant fundraiser is The Gift Stop. The Guild, a founding partner of The Gift Stop, receives an annual disbursement based on Guild members’ volunteered hours. These funds are allocated for philanthropies for the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center, specifically Shands Teaching Hospitals and Clinics, Inc., and the UF College of Medicine.

Member donations comprise the fundraising that allows the Guild to fund projects outside the hospital and College of Medicine.

Details of the Guild’s giving tracked back to 1968 are detailed below:

Giving from 1968 – June 1, 2023

Special Projects Grants:  $855,157

College of Medicine Awards and Scholarships:  $582,295

Endowments: $650,000

Continuing Projects:  $362,780

Large Gift for 50th Anniversary:  $50,000 

The more money the Guild raises, the more funding there is for these and other innovative and worthwhile endeavors.

The Guild takes pride in controlling operational expenses so that 100% of your donation goes toward our philanthropic pursuits.

Thank you for your continued generosity!