Why I Give Where I Work

fs-giving-banner2-groveOf the top five reason students cite for dropping out of college, four are financial.

Over the next few weeks, you will be introduced to several of your colleagues as they share why they give where they work. This is all in an effort to make a college education possible for our students.

It was Sir Winston Churchill that said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

There are many reasons to give, and here are just a few that topped the list for these Valencians, who shared why they give where they work.

gustavo-halftone-180wGustavo Morales, professor, geology, West Campus:

“I give because I like to support all the fantastic work my colleagues do.”

james-halftone-180wJames Thomas, professor, English, East Campus:

“I give because I know exactly where my money goes: to help deserving students.”

laurie-halftone-180wLaurie Youngman, manager, employee support:

“I give because I believe in Valencia’s mission and want to show how strongly.”

donna-halftone-180wDonna Sovern, administrative assistant in the math office on Osceola Campus:

“I give because Valencia is a community of helpers, and I love helping our students.”


You can make a big difference in a student’s life.

Simply stated, Valencia is making a difference on a daily basis, because of you, our dedicated faculty and staff. With your generosity, more Valencia students will be able to achieve their dreams of degree completion — impacting not just them, but our entire community.

We ask that you share your passion for learning and student success and help increase faculty and staff giving to support those students who need it most.

You can join the team of more than 275 of your colleagues and give today. Simply complete the Payroll Deduction form to start your giving legacy.

If you have questions or would like more information on how you can support the “Why I Give Where I Work” campaign, contact Diana Ciesko, professor, psychology, or Josh Murdock, instructional designer — the Faculty and Staff Giving Committee Chairs, or Donna Marino, manager, donor stewardship.

Want to share why you give where you work? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

“Why I Give Where I Work” is a part of the faculty and staff giving campaign that was designed by a team of Valencia employees and honors the commitment of faculty and staff to student success while seeking to provide additional resources for faculty, staff and students who work together to realize educational goals. This campaign is focused on sharing the good work of the Valencia Foundation and encouraging faculty and staff participation based on individual interest and willingness to contribute. A faculty or staff member should not, at any time, feel pressured or compelled to give to the foundation.

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