USEED 

Your ally in the age of online fundraising.

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Startup Hustle Meets Education

A certified B-corporation on a mission to transform philanthropy through innovative products and services.

Innovative Technologists

We have a passion for building scalable solutions for enterprise institutions. We understand the unique challenges of cause-based fundraising at scale, and we are excited to work with innovative philanthropists to build the next generation of online fundraising.

Passionate Educators and Philanthropists

We know the challenge and growing pains when it comes to volunteer management, first-time fundraiser education, and scaling outcomes while maintaining current costs. Our passionate team of strategists and educators are excited to partner with your institution.

Our Story

Our Roots

USEED was founded in 2011 by two young alumni passionate about helping student entrepreneurs increase funding for their ideas. However, in their research and countless all-nighters fueled by energy drinks, Matt Racz and Tim Walsh learned that there was a bigger system in need of a fundraising facelift - the colleges and universities themselves. If they could help universities increase funding at scale, not only would student entrepreneurs have access to more money and community engagement, but so would sports teams, faculty researchers, student organizations - everyone!

New Terrain

At the time, crowdfunding had just stepped onto the scene, so no reliable solution existed for higher education yet. Instead, options were limited to technology and systems that 1) didn’t integrate with fundraising offices’ current databases, workflows, and goals or 2) were clunky, ugly, and all-around not fun to use.

As it turns out, building the technology and systems that were both integrated and cutting edge was really, really hard. We created before we knew the rules of the game. We made assumptions. We failed. But with fire within us, we still stand unified with colleges and universities around the world in extracting the countless stories that make them wholly and fully “them.”

Growing and Joining Forces

Along the way, we collected our passionate and brilliant CEO, Ross Sylvester, who dreams a future for higher education brighter than the sun, two life-long friends and investors, Edoardo Bugnone and John Moore, who are helping to accelerate our growth by providing deep wisdom with every opportunity we have, and a handful of colleagues-turned-friends and friends-turned-colleagues who are working day-to-day to realize our collective dream.

Mission and People Obsessed

Today, our small but mighty team of entrepreneurs, educators, and technologists remain focused on creating a reliable, predictive infrastructure for colleges and universities to transform the giving experience through beautiful, user-friendly technology and real-life, real-time human services.

We’re with you, higher education, and we can’t wait to see what we get to build together.

Meet the Team

The Team

Matt

Matt Racz

Co-Founder, Chief Customer Officer
Tim

Tim Walsh

Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Ross

Ross Sylvester

Chief Executive Officer
Brian

Brian Walsh

Platform Success Manager
Robcole

Rob Cole

Director of Product Engineering
Kristen

Kristen Gluch

Director of Content Marketing
Kirk

Kirk Harbaugh

Director of Partnerships
Cameron

Cameron Kinney

Director of Customer Success
Shanna

Shanna Delaney

Director of Business Operations
Paul

Paul Racz

Director of Campaign Success
Chris

Chris Torrenzano

Director of Marketing
Angelo

Angelo Cordon

Senior Developer

Board Members

John

John Moore

Chairman
Edoardo

Edoardo Bugnone

Investor/Director
George

George Semb

Board Member
Matt

Matt Racz

Founder/Director
Ross

Ross Sylvester

CEO/Director

Advisors

John

John Moore

Area of Focus: Scale
Edoardo

Edoardo Bugnone

Area of Focus: Strategy
George

George Semb

Area of Focus: Education
Robkeen

Rob Keen

Area of Focus: Finance
James

James Ryan

Area of Focus: SaaS
Anna

Anna Wang

Area of Focus: Philanthropy
Christy

Christy Moss

Area of Focus: Annual Giving
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