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Cal Poly Pomona Receives Largest Cash Gift in CSU History

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Bestows $42 Million Donation

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(July 26, 2010) –Cal Poly Pomona is the recipient of a $42 million gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the university announced today. The gift is the largest such donation in the history of the California State University.

"The Kellogg Foundation has been a remarkable benefactor for Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU," Chancellor Charles B. Reed said. "This gift will make an extraordinary difference in the lives of countless students, and we are extremely grateful that they have chosen us for this unprecedented showing of generosity."

Support from private donors provides a margin of excellence that helps the CSU have enormous impact on California’s economic, social and cultural prosperity. This specific gift from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will be utilized to bolster the university's ability to serve underrepresented communities in Southern California, including first-generation college students and their families, military veterans and emancipated foster youth.

“This will be transformational,” Cal Poly Pomona President Michael Ortiz said. “With these resources we will be able to change lives and contribute to the economic growth and prosperity of the region. The CSUs have long been the gateway to opportunity for generations of Californians, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is helping to ensure that the gateway remains open.”

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Kellogg's family share a rich history with Cal Poly Pomona. In the 1920s, breakfast cereal pioneer established a winter home in the rolling hills of what is now the northern edge of the campus. He invited the public to the ranch to enjoy performances by his prized Arabian horses, which he lent to Hollywood for use in movies. In 1949, two years before Kellogg's death, the foundation deeded the land to California’s state college system for use as a campus, reflecting his belief that “education offers the greatest opportunity for really improving one generation over another.”

The university, originally an extension of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, became independent in 1966, and over the years the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has supported numerous endeavors, including scholarships, enhancement of the university's Interdisciplinary Applied Knowledge department, and support for the study of emerging technologies that address issues related to food systems, the environment and other natural resources.

Prior to the Kellogg Foundation gift, the largest cash gift to the CSU came in 2000 when PepsiCo pledged $40 million to the Save Mart Center at Fresno State.

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