Supporting Important Ocean Efforts



The IOI-USA is hosted at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science but depends solely on outside funding for all operational and program expenses. The IOI-USA is fiscally sponsored by the USF Foundation which is the private, not-for-profit corporation chartered pursuant to Florida law as the legal conduit for the solicitation, acceptance, investment, and distribution of all private gifts made to the University of South Florida and its affiliates.


We welcome and greatly appreciate your support. To make a credit card donation, please click here.  To make a donation by check -- please make it out to the USF Foundation with IOI-USA in the "purpose" line. Mail your contribution to USF Foundation, USF Gibbons Alumni Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave., ALC 100, Tampa, FL 33620-5444, phone: 813-974-3423.


The Foundation is guided by a Board comprised of business and community leaders who are vitally interested in higher education and the impact of USF’s research, teaching, and public service in the greater Tampa Bay region and throughout the world. The Board directs the receipt and administration of private funds, properties, and services contributed for the benefit of USF. It accepts gifts in support of activities directly related to the mission of the University of South Florida, including cash, property, securities, bequests, and trust and life income agreements. The Board has a fiduciary responsibility to comply with the restrictions imposed by donors on all operating and endowment funds. The Board also has a legal responsibility to manage the funds in compliance with the laws of the State of Florida and other applicable laws.