Community Outreach

UF Colleges With a Conscience

The Warrington College of Business has always embraced its mission of serving the population at large through the training of ethical and skilled business people who help drive the economic engine of our state and nation. The College extends this philosophy to the local community and beyond by providing faculty, staff, and student volunteers with opportunities for community outreach in programs that educate, perform research, raise funds for charitable organizations, and provide other support services. These programs have the capacity to make a lasting impact on not just those who are served, but also on our students, faculty and staff, through the generosity of their actions. This spirited involvement enhances the lives of participants, and builds strong relationships and lasting connections with the community and the world.

UF Office of Community Relations

PO Box 113158
111 Tigert Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-3156
352.392.4567



Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center

Innovative programs allow the College, through student involvement, to attain meaningful Social Impact and Sustainability, in both the classroom and experiential learning opportunities. Visit the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center.

  • GatorNest Program

    Coordinated teams of students conduct eight-week business planning projects for university, local, and state clients. Projects might consist of primary or secondary market research, competitor analysis, marketing plan formation, or financial forecasting. Email (ted.astleford at warrington.ufl.edu) Ted Astleford and visit GatorNest/ for more information.

  • Faculty Service

    Ted Astleford offers one-hour consulting sessions to local startups. Please 3mail (ted.astleford at warrington.ufl.edu) to discuss in detail.

  • Innovative Social Impact Initiative

    The Innovative Social Impact Initiative at the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center challenges students to develop the skills and strategies of successful business leaders, while inspiring them to become engaged citizens of our increasingly global community. Students learn to become social entrepreneurs, that is, to think innovatively about social problems and empower themselves to create change, and use business strategies to solve social, ecological and economic problems around the world. Social entrepreneurs have been around for some time–though we have only recently started calling them "social entrepreneurs." Some examples of the diversity of these innovators, and of their organizations and missions, include Gandhi (Indian National Conference), Martin Luther King (Southern Christian Leadership Coalition), Muhammad Yunus (Grameen Bank), Wendy Kopp (Teach for America), Matt and Jessica Flannery (Kiva), and Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield (Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream).

    The Center launched this program in 2005, and students have worked as consultants with many nonprofits, with over 200 Social Entrepreneurship students (both graduate and undergraduate) having spent more than 4,000 hours working to help organizations and agencies (more than 30) in the local community be more innovative and sustainable. An Honors section has been added, totaling an additional 600+ hours of service contributed locally.

  • Young Entrepreneurs for Leadership & Change
    Summer Program for High School Students

    Since summer 2007, when the pilot Summer Program launched, about 40 participants have completed more than 175 hours of community service. The students also take two courses (Exploring Entrepreneurship and Social Problems & Solutions), and participate in activities and events to learn about leadership, entrepreneurship, and social entrepreneurship–all while living, learning, eating, sleeping, and playing on UF's campus for six weeks. In summer 2008, the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center also partnered with the Ashoka Foundation & the National Education Association, as YELC hosted the Lorax Challenge Sustainability Bootcamp Weekend. Attendance at the Bootcamp was the prize for winners of the Lorax Challenge, a national competition. More than 500 teams entered proposals to solve environmental problems, and the best five teams were selected to participate in the Bootcamp weekend at UF.

  • Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP)

    VEP provides rigorous entrepreneurial learning and development opportunity for service disabled veterans and those who have uniquely distinguished themselves in the military. VEP is designed for veterans interested in starting a new venture as a means to financial independence and for veterans who have an existing business for which they would like to increase profits.

    Learn more about VEP or contact program director Dr. Michael Morris (michael.morris at warrington.ufl.edu) for more information.

  • Entrepreneurship & Empowerment in South Africa (EESA)

    Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa (EESA) is a life-changing experience, where students help historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs in the townships around beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. This special program is open to upper level undergraduate and graduate students regardless of their major.

    Learn more about EESA or contact program director Dr. Michael Morris (michael.morris at warrington.ufl.edu) for more information.

  • Starter Space Partnership

    The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business and Starter Space, a Gainesville incubator, have partnered to help promote entrepreneurship throughout Gainesville’s growing startup community. The parties combine efforts to facilitate student learning, assist entrepreneurs as they conceptualize and implement their ventures, and encourage students and others to launch their ventures based in Gainesville.

Fisher School of Accounting

  • Adopt-A-Street Program

    The Fisher School of Accounting Council is one of more than 50 organizations participating in this program created by the City of Gainesville. The program addresses the problem of roadside litter in Gainesville as organizations beautify two-mile sections of selected city streets.

  • Relay For Life

    The Fisher School of Accounting Council annually participates in this UF event supporting the American Cancer Society. The event is the world’s largest movement to end cancer.

  • Climb for Cancer

    This camp brings UF athletes and sponsors together to raise money for the families of children with cancer.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

    Fisher students annually prepare hundreds of tax returns for low-income families for free. Students receive hands-on experience in accounting while helping families save more than an estimated $150,000 in tax preparation costs. Students endure multiple training sessions by IRS representatives and must pass a certification test to participate.

UF Enactus

The University of Florida Enactus team was founded in 2000 with only 10 students. Today, there are over 40 Enactus leaders and 800 volunteers passionate about creating a difference in their communities. UF Enactus offers students the opportunity to put the skills you learn in the classroom into practice while serving your community. Our leaders are energized by the opportunity to work with our local community to make a difference in their lives. We are fortunate to have a large network of supportive business partners who assist us in our projects and provide valuable training on topics such as project management, result measurement, and effective delegation.

  • Chomp Out Hunger

    This program makes a tangible impact in education and food security in Alachua County Public Schools through the implementation of student-run food pantries.

  • Day of Difference

    Day of Difference is an Enactus Legacy project that takes place every Fall and Spring semester. Enactus has been hosting Day of Difference for over eight years. The project partners with Junior Achievement to reach underprivileged students in the Gainesville community. The project aims to improve the quality of life of young elementary school students by teaching them success skills, entrepreneurship values, and ways to navigate our free enterprise system.

  • Enactus Student Consulting

    Enactus Student Consulting provides students the opportunity to actively work with and consult local business owners. In addition to gaining actual consulting, analytical and teamwork skills, volunteers are able to develop an understanding of what it takes to start and run a small business. After a training session, students will meet with a business owner and work with a team to develop potential solutions to the unique obstacles each business faces.

  • Food for Thought

    Food for Thought is a community wellness project using gardens as the central focus to target the nutrient and economic need in an area. We are partnered with the Walgreens Community Wellness Challenge to address these needs through a four week workshop series, with the end result being a new garden in the community.

  • heART

    heART’s mission is to empower children to follow their passions and use those passions to make a difference and to encourage creativity, fun, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles. This project addresses the attitudes and lives of pediatric patients in Shands while fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network.

  • Inspire. Innovate. Initiate.

    This program’s mission is to empower our participants by educating them on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, ethics, sustainability and social skills. By providing them with the resources they need to learn and develop valuable skills, they can use excel in their careers.

  • Investing in Your Future

    The mission of Investing in Your Future is to educate underprivileged students in Gainesville to understand financial opportunities and motivate them to reach greater career aspirations than they would have before. We currently work with the Reichert House to teach at-risk male teens different skills to help them prepare for the real world.

  • Smart Money Management Summit

    This program provides a powerful financial education experience to college students approaching graduation, during which they will learn vital financial habits such as managing debt, investing, and planning for long-term milestones.

  • TRUing Project

    TRUing empowers our participants by developing their professional, entrepreneurial, and financial literacy skills as well as their technical ability to repair bicycles. We teach homeless men and women how to repurpose/refurbish bicycles that we collect from the local area. These bikes are then sold, giving our participants access to income.

  • Uncap Opportunities for Women

    This program empowers women in our community to improve their quality of life for themselves and their families by advancing the efforts of a Gainesville-based organization that serves women. This is a grant funded project by The Coca-Cola Foundation to help our Gainesville community-based organizations that target women in need. This project addresses the need to help women through the empowerment of the organizations that do so much for them.

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