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Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This section answers the questions most commonly asked of our volunteers. Follow one of the links below to learn more. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. Think of the times you have met bright, young people and thought, "If only they had a chance to achieve their potential." UTBEF empowers those children through donations from people in our community who have the ability to fund scholarships and classroom programs. We have the potential to make a difference in the life of every child. Specifically, we offer mini-grants at the elementary and middle school level and scholarships at the high school level.

  2. Look no further than UTBEF if you want to make a difference in our community's ability to educate our children. We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you who want to get involved. Visit our How To Help section to find out ways to donate, volunteer, or collaborate on a fun fundraiser.

  3. We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. As a volunteer organization, we are able to target more dollars to grants and scholarships. Our IRS Form 990 is available for review, as required by law. Click this question to visit our Financials. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. FDACS's toll-free number is 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)

  4. If you would like to donate and assist in continuing our mission please on the title "How can I make a donation?"

  5. What is your organization's privacy policy?

    What is your organization's privacy policy?Our organization takes our privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. View our Privacy Policy page by clicking the link in the page footer.

  6. Partnerships with the Hillsborough and Pinellas education foundations help us to target students by specific criteria set forth in our scholarship application: GPA (2.5+), Leadership Skills, Community Service, and Financial Need. Once provided with candidate applications, our scholarship committee carefully reviews each application using a point system tool. We award $2,000 scholarship to one recipient at each of our 5 high schools: Alonso, Countryside, East Lake, Leto, and Sickles. Click this question to see more details about our scholarship criteria and selection process.

  7. Businesses and individuals sponsor 10 elementary and 5 middle schools through our STAR Mini-Grant program. These grants fund unique projects to recognize student achievement and citizenship and support classroom academics. Grants are awarded in November and December by our STAR committee. There is not an application process, and the funds are spent on an underfunded area of need. Sponsors and schools are recognized at the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Awards Dinner. Click this question to see more about this exciting program.