Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 13, 2001

Cal Poly Fund-Raisers Win Third Straight International Award

Cal Poly has won a top award from the international organization of educational fund-raisers in recognition of private, corporate and foundation contributions totaling $24.6 million during the 1999-2000 year.

Cal Poly was one of only two universities of its type nationwide to receive a Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the campus's overall performance in development. This is the third consecutive year Cal Poly has won such an award.

"Since 1994-95 Cal Poly has increased its annual private support 112 percent," said Bill Boldt, vice president for university advancement. "And this year, as we proceed into the public phase of our $225 million Centennial Campaign, the CASE award gives us renewed incentive to continue building the resources that support the outstanding educational experience Cal Poly offers its students."

The money raised last year is part of the $134 million credited so far to the Centennial Campaign, which began counting Jan. 1, 1998, and was publicly launched in April of this year.

"The generosity of our alumni, parents and friends is, of course, the heart of Cal Poly's successful advancement program," Boldt said. "We also rely on the dedication and hard work of the University Advancement staff, the college deans and the faculty."

Institutions winning the CASE awards are selected on the basis of such criteria as the pattern of growth in total support, factors contributing to total support, the overall breadth of the program, the pattern of growth in each program area, the pattern of growth among alumni donors and other individual donors, the impact of the 12 largest gifts on total support, total support in relation to the alumni base, and the type of institution.

In selecting the winners, judges recognize programs that show solid growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indications of a mature, well-maintained program.

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