David S. Vogel and Thais Lopez Vogel are the visionary leaders and philanthropic force behind VoLo Foundation. The couple’s relationship with UCF traces back to when they met and raised six children in a home located behind the main campus. “UCF has always been a large part of our lives and being donors shows our confidence in the school’s high impact education and innovative research,” says Thais, co-founder and trustee of VoLo.

As a mathematician, David finds solutions to problems through data research, and for that reason the Vogels love to help nurture and inspire future mathematicians. The couple donates extensively to math- and science-base initiatives across the university. They have also hired many talented UCF grads at their private investment company and see firsthand the impact of their giving on students and the community.

Additionally, three years ago VoLo Foundation teamed up with UCF’s Sustainability Initiatives to establish and fund the Climate Correction Conference, which has since become a worldwide renowned annual event focused on climate action and solutions.

It is no surprise to hear Thais talk about the importance of being a positive example for future generations. “The young changemakers of today must be inspired and stay that way,” she says. “We are evolving toward a better future, and with our donations, UCF can continue our shared mission to impact positive change and empowerment through knowledge and opportunity.”

This article appears in IMPACT: The Magazine of the UCF Foundation (Read more here.)

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