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October 23, 2014

Why they give

annual-fund-logoThrough the Faculty and Staff Campaign, University faculty and staff can help Pitt thrive by contributing to any of more than 2,000 scholarship, fellowship and professorship funds. Payroll deductions are available, and donors of $1,000 or more are recognized through the Chancellor’s Circle program.

Annually, nearly 3,000 Pitt employees take part in the campaign, from every part of the University. Their backgrounds, and reasons for giving, are as diverse as the Pitt community.

In this periodic feature, the University Times is profiling Faculty and Staff Campaign donors.


BrodskyJeff Brodsky, Avinoff Chair of Biological Sciences in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has been contributing to Pitt’s Faculty and Staff Campaign for so long that he’s lost track of how many times he’s donated.

All he knows is that he’s been doing it for most of his 20 years at the University — and that the University Library System’s general fund is his fund of choice.

“My wife and I feel very strongly about the importance of having a terrific library system, which Pitt has,” Brodsky says.

It helps, of course, that Brodsky’s wife is a librarian in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system. “I’m a frequent user of the library system here,” he adds.

But he also has observed how often the library has been an aid to the graduate students whose work he oversees.

“I find that libraries were very unique assets to the University,” Brodsky says. And he plans to go right on contributing to the ULS.


For more information on the Faculty and Staff Campaign, go to

-Marty Levine

Filed under: Feature,Volume 47 Issue 5