On the heels of the announcement that The Campaign for SDSU has surpassed $400 million, San Diego State University has been recognized for its exceptional development program by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
SDSU is one of two schools to win the 2013 Educational Fundraising Award for overall performance for public research and doctoral institutions with endowments under $250 million. The University of California, Santa Barbara was also recognized in this category.
“It is such an honor to be recognized by CASE for the success of our development program,” said Mary Ruth Carleton, vice president for University Relations and Development at SDSU. “Since the Campaign for SDSU launched in 2007, every member of our department has been committed to helping the university grow. I am so proud of our staff for their hard work and dedication.”
Exceptional development program
Since 1959, CASE and its predecessor organizations have recognized exceptional development programs for their overall performance and improvement in fundraising. SDSU’s program was chosen for showing solid program growth, breadth in the base of support and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.
“San Diego State University was selected by a volunteer panel of judges for overall fundraising performance based on three years of data,” said Brian Flahaven, director of legislative, foundation and recognition programs for CASE. “Out of 412 eligible higher education institutions, SDSU was one of 68 institutions nationwide selected to receive this well-deserved recognition.”
Led by the 32-member Campanile Foundation Board, SDSU’s University Relations and Development division works together with alumni, parents, donors and the community to generate the external recognition, support and financial resources the university needs to carry out its mission and achieve its aspirational goals. The department includes professionals with experience in fundraising, marketing and communications, alumni engagement and gift administration.
Universities that received 2013 Educational Fundraising Awards in other categories include University of California at Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, University of Wisconsin-Madison and others. A complete list of the 2013 winners can be found online.
The Campaign for SDSU
The Campaign for SDSU is the university’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. It was launched to create new opportunities for student success and to help SDSU continue to develop as a leading public research university.
Since it began in 2007, more than 41,000 gifts from alumni, friends, faculty, staff, parents and community partners have been donated including 76 gifts of $1 million or more.
The Campaign has raised more than $200 million for SDSU’s eight colleges to establish faculty endowments and support academic programming. Another $55 million in gifts support students through scholarships, internships and research opportunities.