Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- June 20, 2000

Cal Poly Wins Second Straight International Fund-Raising Award

Cal Poly has for the second consecutive year won a Circle of Excellence in Educational Fund-Raising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, an international organization dedicated to helping institutions advance their educational programs.

Cal Poly was one of two California State University institutions -- and one of 43 nationwide -- to receive the award for superior overall fund-raising performance.

"Cal Poly has increased its annual private support from $11.6 million in 1994-95 to $23.5 million in 1998-99 -- a 103 percent increase," said Bill Boldt, vice president for university advancement. "Cal Poly's growth can be attributed to the development of a strong advancement team at the university and college level ... a team that has worked collaboratively to raise private support from individuals and corporations."

The winning institutions are selected on such criteria as the pattern of growth in total support, an evaluation of what contributed to the 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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