Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 28, 2002
Cal Poly Fund-Raisers Win Fourth-Straight International
Cal Poly has again won the top award from the international organization
of educational fund-raisers in recognition of its success in soliciting
private, corporate and foundation support. This is the fourth consecutive
year Cal Poly has won the Circle of Excellence Award -- currently the
longest consecutive winning streak in the nation for universities receiving
recognition for overall fund-raising.
Cal Poly was one of four universities of its type (public comprehensive,
non-doctoral universities) to receive a 2002 Circle of Excellence Award
for overall performance in educational fund raising. The award is part
of the annual recognition program sponsored by the Council for Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE) and a new co-sponsor this year, the
fund-raising services firm Wealth ID.
"The university is pleased to have been chosen again for this honor,"
said Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker. "We view it as an important
acknowledgment of the generous contributions we are fortunate to receive
from our numerous alumni and friends. Their continued strong support
is a further endorsement and vote of confidence for the outstanding
work Cal Poly faculty members carry out every day on behalf of our students.
This honor also recognizes our faculty members' and deans' earnest and
dedicated efforts to garner additional support for our educational mission."
The 2002 award recognizes fund-raising success in the 2000-2001 fiscal
year, during which gifts to Cal Poly totaled $43.2 million. The amount
also was the largest one-year total ever raised by a California State
"We're proud of our record of continuing to increase private support
for Cal Poly," said Bill Boldt, vice president for university advancement.
"Since 1994-95 annual private support for the university has risen
almost 400 percent.
"We're making excellent progress toward the $225 million goal of
our Centennial Campaign," Boldt said. "We're building invaluable
resources to support the outstanding educational experience Cal Poly
offers its students, and, even as it continues, the campaign is enhancing
that experience and providing concrete benefits. This is due, in large
part, to a dedicated team of volunteers and staff members."
The money raised last year is part of $162 million credited so far to
the Centennial Campaign, which began counting Jan. 1, 1998, and was
publicly launched in April 2001. The largest gift received to this point
in the campaign was Unocal's donation of its Avila Beach pier, valued
at $18 million and accompanied by a $3.5 million gift to maintain and
operate a new Marine Science Education and Research Center at the facility.
Support of students, one of the main focal points of the campaign, has
resulted in numerous new endowed scholarship programs, including the
Cal Poly Scholars program. The program, which offers full scholarships
to a select group of students, helps ensure that top-ranked applicants
make Cal Poly their first choice. Annually, each of the university's
six undergraduate colleges and Cal Poly's provost select one incoming
student for the scholarship.
Another area of the campaign's focus, faculty support, has created several
endowed chairs or professorships -- including the university's first
two chairs (funded at $1 million each), the Arthur C. Edwards Endowed
Chair for Coatings Technology and Ecology and the Unocal Chair for Environmental
Institutions winning CASE awards are selected on the basis of data submitted
in a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 institutions at all levels
of education. Judges look at 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 fund-raising programs that
show solid growth, breadth in the base of support, and other indications
of a mature, well-maintained program.
Contact: Bill Boldt (805) 756-1445