Hundreds support USF Health service projects through crowdfunding

Three USF Health service projects received more than $40,000 in gifts from more than 275 donors through the University of South Florida’s new Herdfunder crowdfunding platform this academic year.

The Ybor Youth Clinic provides services to underserved youth in an environment tailored to meet their specific and unique needs. Services include testing for and treating sexually transmitted diseases for teens and young adults in the Tampa Bay area. The clinic saw more than 2,000 patient visits last year.

This year’s “Gauntlet for Global Health” to support USF Health Nicaragua exceeded its goal to fund medical supplies, medications and care at its clinic serving the impoverished Cedro Galán community. A small local team operates the clinic year round, and USF Health students and faculty coordinate trips to provide additional care each semester.

In the fall, a team of USF Health faculty brought 10 tons of medical supplies and provided care to Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. One hundred donors supported the relief effort on HerdFunder.

Though this year’s fundraising campaigns have ended, gifts may still be made through the HerdFunder site and will be applied for ongoing and future activities for the programs supported by these funds.