Chapter 1004.28, F.S. provides for universities to create a direct support organization ("DSO") where an entity is to be organized and operated exclusively to receive, hold, invest and administer property and to make expenditures to or for the benefit of a state university. In addition, Chapter 267.1736 F.S. directs UF to authorize a direct support organization to assist the university in carrying out its dual historic preservation and historic preservation education purposes and responsibilities for the City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County, and the state under Chapter 267.1735 F.S. To this end, the University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc. (UFHSA) has been created.

The UFHSA is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, literary and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.

In particular, the UFHSA is organized to ensure the long-term preservation and interpretation of state-owned historic properties in St. Augustine through historic preservation initiatives and education programs of the University of Florida that will be responsive to the state's needs for professionals in historic preservation, archaeology, cultural resources management, cultural tourism, history, and museum administration and will help meet needs of St. Augustine and the state through educational internships and practicums. In furtherance of these goals, the UFHSA is organized:

  • To preserve, restore, reproduce, maintain, operate and exhibit ancient or historical landmarks, locations, sites, monuments, buildings, remains or other property of historic or antiquarian interest, value, beauty, scientific interest, recreational utility, or other unusual features, within the City of St. Augustine, or surrounding areas, and to gather and disseminate information in connection therewith;
  • To assist, promote, provide for, establish, maintain or operate museums or other places for exhibits and for the use of such objects, books and documents; and also to collect and preserve artifacts, relics, books, documents and exhibits of historical, educational, scientific, or other interests to scholars, students and other interested persons;
  • To promote research and education and further useful knowledge in the realm of science, history, literature, music and art; and in connection therewith, to research, prepare, publish and procure, for the use and benefit of the general public, books, reports, articles, pamphlets, brochures, documents, maps, photographs, films or other video media, sound recordings, and other products of similar nature in furtherance of the protection and preservation of and the dissemination of information about historic sites and properties, as well as persons, places, events, conditions, objects, patterns, behaviors, records and times pertaining to Florida history;
  • To the extent permitted by law, to solicit, raise, accept and receive grants, gifts and bequests of money or property from the federal government, state government, foundations, business entities and individuals and to hold or dispose of the same in accordance with the instructions of any donors thereof, and to invest and reinvest the same, and to employ the income from such investments as well as the principal in furtherance and for the achievement of its corporate purposes;
  • To acquire, hold, manage, administer, operate, pledge, sell, rent, lease, or in any manner, dispose of, deal or trade in property of any kind, class and description wherever located, including, without limitation, real estate, goods, merchandise and tangible and intangible property.