Raise the Torch
The Campaign for Florida State

Campaign Overview

Join us and other Florida State supporters from around the state, the nation and the world as we Raise the Torch for Florida State, for our communities and for the future.

With the recent designation as a preeminent university for the state of Florida, along with our impressive national standings among top-tier public universities, Florida State is truly great. And with great power comes great responsibility—the responsibility to provide our students, tomorrow’s leaders, with the best education possible.

Though Florida State has changed considerably since its first comprehensive campaign, Investment in Learning, launched in 1991, the University’s core values have remained intact.

These values are best represented by the University’s three-torch seal, out of which grew the flame of inspiration for Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State.

What is Raise the Torch?

Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in University history.

With a goal of more than $1 billion, Raise the Torch seeks to implement bold ideas that will continue to distinguish Florida State as a preeminent university and positively affect the future for students, faculty and alumni.

Why Florida State?

With its enduring legacy of excellence and world-class education, Florida State is considered one of the nation’s elite research universities.

Raise the Torch: The Campaign for Florida State, will allow our University to improve the student experience, serve as an economic engine for the state through research and job creation and improve the quality of life for society as a whole through the production and dissemination of knowledge and ideas that will benefit all of us.

Why Now?

Florida State is poised to reach unprecedented heights, and private support will allow the University to attract outstanding faculty and students who will affect positive change worldwide.

Success goes beyond awards and national rankings—although we’re proud of the accolades we receive. Success can also be measured by how many lives we’ve changed for the better, the real and substantive ways in which people benefit from our research, or how the quality of life in entire communities is improved thanks to outreach and volunteer activities spearheaded by Florida State students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Imagine what Florida State can accomplish with more resources. We can build on our proven success. Working together, we can lift Florida State University to greater heights—and the transformative power of bold ideas will push us higher than ever before.

How Will Campaign Funds Be Used?

Raise the Torch funds will support a variety of strategic projects that will

Inspire, Engage and Transform the Next Generation of Students

Power a Great University to New Academic Heights

Encourage Innovation, Creativity and Discovery

Improve the Public Good.

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How Will Raise the Torch Transform Florida State?

From increasing the value of an FSU degree to supporting life-changing research, Raise the Torch will transform the student experience and the University’s ability to effect change worldwide.

How Long Will the Campaign Last?

Raise the Torch is slated to end June 30, 2018.

Can My Raise the Torch Contribution Go to My Chosen College?

Yes, your donation can go directly to your preferred college or fund, or you may choose to support an important campaign fundraising priority, such as the Champions Campaign.