“My life has been shaped by the willingness of others,” tech entrepreneur Rusty Rueff says. “If people hadn't taken the time to help me, I wouldn't be where I am today. So it's really important to me to do the same.”
Patti Rueff, Rusty's wife, agrees. “I got the volunteer gene from my mother, who taught me you should always give back, whether with your time or your money,” she says. “She didn't stop volunteering until she turned 82!”
After successful corporate careers that took them all over the world, the Hillsborough residents now focus on making a difference.
“We think about giving back like planting seeds,” Rusty says. “We don't always know what will sprout when we make a contribution, but we've learned if you nurture it, something good will grow.”
The Rueffs have planted many generous "seeds," including their recent $1 million gift to Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation. “There's really no place better to invest than in the core of your own community,” Patti says.