SDSU received $71.5 million in private giving during the 2011-12 fiscal year, it was announced today. The fiscal year closed on June 30.
Support for The Campaign for SDSU, the university’s first university-wide fundraising campaign, is now at more than $330 million toward its goal of $500 million by 2014. Of that, $40 million has gone to support student scholarships. More than 38,000 donors have contributed to the campaign.
“This has been an extraordinary year in The Campaign for SDSU,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “The generous support of our alumni and community members is moving our educational, research and community service programs forward at a critical time in the life of our university. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to work with all of the members of our community as we transform our university and build the foundation for our future.”
In 2011-12, SDSU’s academic units raised more than $40 million for endowed professorships, program support and student scholarships, the most in the past three years.
For example, a nearly $500,000 gift this year from Price Family Charitable Fund created the Price Community Scholars program which will fund four-year scholarships for fifteen high-achieving freshman from City Heights.
One of the recipients, Isamaria Cortes was accepted to U.C. Berkeley and U.C.L.A. but said the opportunity to give back to her community as part of the Price Community Scholars program was one she could not pass up. The recipients will mentor middle school students from their neighborhood to support and motivate them to pursue higher education.
Other distinctive gifts for the 2011-12 fiscal year include:
The Campaign for SDSU is one of the most important university initiatives as funding from the state continues to decrease. Since 2007-08, SDSU has seen a reduction in state funding from $221 million to $103 million.
More information about the Campaign for SDSU is available at campaign.sdsu.edu.