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The Faculty & Staff Campaign for the University of South Florida is a fundraising effort that allows you, the employees of USF, to make a gift to the area of your choice at the University. These gifts stay at USF, and make a lasting impact in each area that you choose to support.
Stephen Rushton Associate Professor, College of Education USF Sarasota-Manatee

"Working with a team of people who I really did sense genuineness about, it made it more real to me; I think it became more personal, that's opened up my heart in a different way."

For Stephen Rushton, giving is a personal decision which has to come from within. A couple of years ago, Dr. Rushton was asked to serve as the chairperson for the Sarasota-Manatee campus Faculty & Staff Campaign for the University of South Florida, an opportunity that changed his outlook on giving. "Being a part of that team really helped me to want to give in a way that I really hadn't prior."

For Dr. Rushton, he felt that the team operated with a wholeness and a genuineness about them which provided a conducive environment for giving. "Specifically, I think one of the things that stands out in my mind, was going and connecting individually with people; we really made an effort to talk with people one on one..." This sincerity and authentic approach resonated with the employees of Sarasota-Manatee as they capitalized on the opportunity to give to the new Campus Center. The building served as a real catalyst, first because of the matching opportunity (for certain funds that were donated, there was an equal match from the state) and also because the employees were contributing to an area that they would be able to enjoy daily.

Dr. Rushton saw the personalization of giving up close and personally, and it allowed him to see the Faculty & Staff Campaign and giving to USF in a different way. "Working with a team of people who I really did sense genuineness about, it made it more real to me; I think it became more personal, that's opened up my heart in a different way."

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54% of USF employees have participated in the Faculty & Staff Campaign.THANK YOU!