Colorado State University shatters previous annual fundraising record

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Alumni, friends and other donors continue to support Colorado State University in record fashion, smashing the one-year fundraising record for the third consecutive year.

Alumni and friends donated $143.3 million in private support for CSU’s 2013-2014 fiscal year, shattering the previous record set in 2012-13 by nearly $31 million. CSU has established fundraising records every year since completing its $500 million comprehensive campaign in 2012, raising $537.3 million.

“CSU alumni and friends have again shown their commitment and confidence in this great university. I believe this is the most money ever raised in one year by any single campus in the state of Colorado, and the highest number of alumni donors in the history of CSU,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “We are tremendously grateful for every gift we have received this year, which will allow us to continue to provide a truly world-class education to the next generation of leaders.”

In addition to the record total, CSU also set standards for number of donors (33,716) and Alumni Association membership, and had the best alumni donor participation (10 percent) in more than a decade.

As always, CSU donors supported programs across campus, creating scholarships, funding building projects, supporting faculty and providing money for community outreach. Among the notable contributions are a $6 million gift from the Malone Family Foundation to the Orthopaedic Research Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; a $2 million gift from RE/MAX founders Dave and Gail Liniger to establish the Liniger Honor, Service & Commitment Scholarship; and the grassroots support of 130 donors who enhanced the Student Crisis Grant.

The Malone Family Foundation gift will establish the Leslie A. Malone Presidential Chair in Equine Sports Medicine and will expand the Orthopaedic Research Center’s pioneering Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Program by supporting an additional faculty member and resident.

The Liniger Honor, Service & Commitment Scholarship helps military combat veterans cover expenses beyond what their educational benefits cover. The funds help close the gap between the GI Tuition Assistance Bill and the real cost of attending school. The scholarship further enhances CSU’s status as a top military-friendly school.

The Student Crisis Grant provides small grants to students to meet fundamental human and crisis needs. The fund has helped students buy plane tickets home for family emergencies, or overcome any number of unforeseen emergency financial needs.

“The importance and impact of private giving to Colorado State University cannot be overstated, and we are enormously proud of the support and confidence our donors have invested in CSU,” said Tony Frank, CSU president. “These fundraising numbers – along with our record enrollment, rising national rankings, and the success of our graduates and faculty – all indicate that CSU is on the right track in delivering an outstanding education at a reasonable cost. Clearly, our donors realize the value of their investments in Colorado’s flagship university.”