What is Phil?

“Phil” is short for philanthropy. We use the nickname “Phil” to refer to anyone who makes a gift to support the university, as well as those who benefit from private support. Philanthropy has far-reaching effects on campus—donations help provide scholarships to deserving students, recruit and reward the best and brightest professors, and make cutting-edge technology available for researchers and clinicians. It also keeps our athletic programs robust, enhances our libraries collections, and so much more. Private support touches everyone on this campus. We all are Phil, in one way or another.