The Gift Stop

The Gift Stop’s mission is to provide caring service to patients, visitors, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers with all proceeds to benefit UF Health and the University of Florida Academic Health Science Center.

Since its formation in 1980 as a nonprofit corporation by the Medical Guild and other founding partners, the Gift Stop has generated and distributed over $2.9 million dollars in net profits for these partners. The Guild’s share of the profits is directly related to the number of hours Medical Guild members volunteer in the shops and serve on its Board of Directors.  These profits allow the Guild to fund the following UF Health projects:

  • Awards, Endowments, and Scholarships
  • Special Project Grants (UF Health only)
  • Continuing Projects
  • Special Gifts

In 2013, the Board of Directors contracted Lori’s Gifts, Inc. to direct daily shop operations.  The store inventory includes an ever-changing array of unique gifts, including Gator items, flowers, balloons, snacks, jewelry, and everyday necessities.  In December 2017, our third shop opened at the UF Health Heart & Vascular hospital.


Volunteers have played essential roles in the daily operations and policy setting from the first day the shop doors opened in 1980.  Today, as then, volunteer hours translate into our share of the annual net profit

Gift Stop Flowchart

Reasons to Volunteer as the gift shop:

  • More volunteer hours = larger share of the profits
  • 20% (or more discounts)
  • Generate guild revenue
  • Spend time with old and new friends
  • FREE parking and flu shots
  • Learn new skills
  • Spend time helping others


For more information about volunteering, email Susan Graham

Volunteer Dollars (earned from July 2017-2018)

Volunteer Amount Earned
Karen Ache $86
Dodi Alexander $86
Linda Allegra $10,202
Beth Anderson $248
Pam Beck $811
Sandy Berger $8,012
Jenny Borchelt $1,923
Darlene Cappello $619
Patty Carek $1,662
Kay Custard $2,068
Beverly DeKosky $1,508
Michelle Donnelly $72
Suzi Graham $12,218
Marcia Greenspan $811
Joanne Licht $2,704
Shelley Melvin $190
Galatia Ramphal $86
Christine Riggs $25,882
Tina Rivkees $10,542
Susan Rout $13,840
Kathryn Seagle $7,984
Beverly Smith $2,823
Nancy Upchurch $40
Caroline Yale $10,774