From the early days of our founding over 50 years ago, the community has demonstrated the value of philanthropic investment in New College’s unique education.
The Foundation of Florida’s Honors College
The New College Foundation provides the necessary private funding to enable New College to continue providing an outstanding liberal arts and sciences education to high-achieving undergraduates from Florida and elsewhere. Through outright gifts and pledges and deferred giving, the New College Foundation raises critical funds for scholarships, faculty positions, academic programs, new buildings, student and faculty research and travel, and endowments, with more than $100 million in public and private funds raised since 1980.
The Foundation also works with the community and alumnae/i across the world to provide research opportunities, internships, career advice and networking to New College students. The Foundation serves as a link to the broader community via its alumnae/i association, library association, and an ongoing series of public lectures, performances, and other events.
The New College Alumnae/i Association is part of the New College Foundation. Nearly 7,000 alums are proud to be a member of the Novo Collegian Family. To learn more about the exciting activities in which are alums are engaged, visit our NCAA page.
To view the Foundation’s most recent IRS Form 990, click here.
The New College Alumni Association was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit association adjunct to the New College Foundation, Inc.Read more here
The New College Foundation has a dedicated group of board members that serve to help guide and support the New College Foundation and its efforts to fund and support New College of Florida.Read more here
The Keating Center
The Keating Center is a 7,500 sq. ft., $1 million Mediterranean-style building which is the permanent home of New College Foundation and the New College Alumnae/i Association, with office space for 17, a conference room, study, catering kitchen, reception hall and an adjoining outdoor plaza on a one-acre site.
The center is gratefully named in honor of Ed and Elaine Keating of Longboat Key, longtime New College backers, and generous philanthropists whose wide-ranging support has helped countless local groups including the Asolo Performing Arts Center, the Asolo Theatre Festival Association, the Florida West Coast Symphony, The Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, the Ringling College of Art and Design, the Sarasota Opera Association, the Florida Studio Theatre, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Ballet of Florida and many others.
Elaine Keating has served on the New College Foundation board since 1996, and served as chairman of the student affairs committee. The Keatings contributed $600,000 toward construction of the new center, in addition to their ongoing annual support of the college. SMRT of Sarasota, a specialty firm in educational, healthcare, public safety and government projects, designed the building.
Captain Ralph E. Styles Memorial Flagpole
The flagpole outside of the Keating Center was dedicated on Friday, June 12, 2009, to honor World War II naval hero and New College pioneer Capt. Ralph E. Styles.
Styles, who served as the College’s first director of planning during the 1960s, was a decorated submarine commander during World War II and one of the country’s last living survivors of Pearl Harbor. He also was a lifelong and generous supporter of New College and its students.
He passed away in October 2008 at the age of 98. Following his death, friends and family members approached the College about placing a lighted flagpole on the campus to honor his memory.