Donate & Support

There are a variety of ways in which you can support the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and the Panama Canal Museum Collection.  Support from private donors like you is essential to continue to build the collections – both print and electronic – and provide outstanding services to students and faculty. When you make a gift to the libraries you support the entire University of Florida and help insure that students and faculty have materials needed for success. Your gift does make a difference!

We’re always looking for support for strategic initiatives such as our Oral History Campaign, which will provide funding to create and publish oral history interviews for years to come. An example of a successful past campaign was the creation of the Albert H. Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery in 2017 which would not have been possible without the support of many generous donors. Please view our Honor Roll of Donors for that Gallery campaign.

Please view our Gift Planning Guide for more information. For assistance, please call the Office of Development at (352) 273-2505.

Panama Canal Museum Collection Endowment (017605)

Supports the care and maintenance of the Panama Canal Museum Collection, including cataloging, digitization, preservation and processing of the collection; planning and conducting local, traveling and online exhibits; hosting events; acquisitions of related materials to enhance the collection and making the collection available to global access. We are currently raising funds to support our Oral History Program.

Panama Canal Gallery Exhibit Fund (020869)

[The UF Foundation page for this endowed fund currently is not live. Until the page has been fixed, please contact the Office of Development at (352) 273-2505 if you wish to donate to this endowment. Thank you!] Supports exhibits that highlight the history of the Panama Canal, with emphasis on the Canal Zone and its people, including materials from the Panama Canal Museum Collection. The fund will support exhibits featured during Panama Canal Society meetings and reunions and exhibits in the Nahmad Panama Canal Gallery, as well as corresponding online exhibits. It may also support traveling exhibits to museums, libraries and other venues interested in displaying materials from this unique collection.

Friends of the Panama Canal Museum Collection (017863)

Supports the digitization, preservation and processing of the collection; provides for global access through local, traveling and online exhibits. More information about the PCMC Friends and their activities is available on the Friends of the PCMC page.

Bequests and Estate Planning

In addition to the opportunities above, consider including the Panama Canal Museum Collection in your estate plans. Planned gifts, including bequests and living trusts, support the collection in perpetuity and strengthen our research services and education programs. For more information, please contact the Office of Development at (352) 273-2505 or visit UF Gift and Estate Planning.