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Why Give to FOCUS

Your generous support enables FOCUS to serve 3,000 students from nearly 200 independent schools, through our ten Area Ministries and more than a dozen National Programs.

Here's why FOCUS alumni continue to give to this important work:

Daphne Anthos

From the moment I walked into my first Middle School FOCUS Friday in New York City’s St. Thomas Choir School (as a terribly awkward 6th grader), I felt acceptance, love, friendship, and God’s grace pour out from the leaders and students. Throughout middle and high school, FOCUS continued to have a major impact on my faith and challenged me to own that faith. FOCUS provided me with many mentors and friends around the country who, even to this day, continue to ask the tough questions when I need to hear them – but with whom I’ve also shared many laughs over the years. I give monthly, because I support the mission of FOCUS and their staff. I want every student to know who God is and that they are loved and accepted by Him.

Drake & Sarah (Bush) Richey

We often say we wouldn’t have made it through high school without FOCUS. Our lives at a New England boarding school (where we first met – at a FOCUS meeting!) were busy, intense, and socially volatile; but the Christian message we heard through FOCUS was always the same. Whether through the encouraging words of a staff member over coffee or at an intellectual Bible study on campus, FOCUS reinforced our faith in the gospel. It provided a place for us to thrive – where we knew we were loved regardless of grades or athletic ability, where we formed some of our best friendships, and where we had a ridiculous amount of fun while learning about a God who loves us. We give to FOCUS because it is so important for students in independent schools to have that place to grow and explore their faith, and we want it to be there for our kids too!

Kelley Shepherd


FOCUS brought a consistent message of joy and peace to the ups and downs, anxiety and excitement of life at a boarding school. It was also a source of new friendships and deeper relationships at my own school. Both the message and the relationships are things I still cherish daily. I give each month to support FOCUS staff who continue to bring joy, peace, and deep relationships to independent school students – even now that my own boarding school days are just a memory.


Fellowship of Christians in Universities and School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Contributions to area ministries will be used first to fund the operating costs of the local area ministry, including costs associated with providing programs and administrative services at the national level, and excess funds may be reallocated to support other area ministries, or particular initiatives and continuing efforts of the ministry as a whole, at the discretion of the Area Sponsoring Committee and Area Director.