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Looking Back at Philanthropy in 2017

Strengthened by The Campaign for SDSU, the university looks forward to 2018.
By Coleen L. Geraghty

2017 marked the successful finale of San Diego State University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign with a total of $815 million raised over 10 years to support SDSU’s growth as a top public research university.

Gifts from 74,000 donors are already at work supporting scholarships, new faculty positions, academic opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and new programs that enhance student life and leadership activities on campus.

The names of contributors who gave $100,000 and more to the campaign are now enshrined publicly on The Campaign for SDSU Donor Wall at the southern end of Campanile Walkway. The wall was unveiled in November.

New heights

The Campaign for SDSU raised $190 million for scholarships alone, including $152 million for endowed scholarship funds, which will grow with investment.

Campaign funding also endowed the Susan and Stephen Weber Honors College; created the Zahn Innovation Platform to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation on campus; established the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center; and created new programs supporting diversity and the arts.

For the second consecutive fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), SDSU raised more than $100 million in philanthropic giving to support students, faculty and the continued excellence of an SDSU education.

The year ahead

Although The Campaign for SDSU has concluded, the university will continue to rely on private giving to expand its mission of scholarship, research and community service, said Mary Ruth Carleton, vice president for University Relations and Development.

“With the support of our donors, we are working to advance excellence at SDSU,” she said. “Private giving helps our faculty to develop their research, and our colleges to create new curriculum relevant to a rapidly changing world.

“Private support also enables our students to study abroad, develop skills through internships and mentorships and take part in undergraduate research. We are grateful for the opportunities provided by our donors,” Carleton said.

In 2018, SDSU will continue to raise matching funds for a $25 million gift to the Fowler College of Business from San Diego Padres executive chair and co-owner Ron Fowler and his wife, Alexis Fowler.

SDSU also offers naming opportunities for spaces and labs in the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex, scheduled to open Jan. 16.

The EIS Complex is a key piece in SDSU’s drive to move ahead as a top public research university. Not only does it enhance the university’s current research and teaching capabilities, it also increases SDSU’s ability to attract the best and brightest researchers and students.