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July 23, 2015

Why They Give: Bill Young

Through the Faculty and Staff Campaign, University employees 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.

The University Times has been profiling some Faculty & Staff Campaign donors.


young“I’ve always wanted to be a big supporter of education because I think education is the big equalizer,” says Bill Young, director of communications services. His 26 consecutive years of giving to Pitt’s Faculty & Staff Campaign includes the support of Pitt Magazine and the PittFund.

“I see the enthusiasm of the students and faculty and how much the University is changing them,” he says.

Young especially enjoys getting to see his gifts in action: “Every day, I get to talk to students. I get to see how excited they are to be here. It’s just a feeling of satisfaction … that hopefully in a small way my contribution is helping a student or a researcher or reaching out to alumni.”

He sees alumni as some of Pitt’s greatest advocates, and appreciates how the alumni magazine reaches out to them: “It’s a way for others to be told about what is going on at the University.”

—Marty Levine

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