University of South Alabama employees have given $1 million in gifts and matching funds to the Faculty Staff Annual Fund Campaign, the most donated since the fund began a decade ago.
The amount was twice as much as this year’s goal of $575,156. The giving included more than 120 leadership-level gifts of at least $1,000.
Joe Busta, USA vice president for development and alumni relations, said the response “astounded us.”
Last year, donations surpassed $600,000.
USA officials said the donations come at a time when employees have gone without raises because of the state’s across-the-board spending cuts.