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2008-09 Annual Report on External Support to the CSU

Benchmarking Performance

Three-Year History of Gift Commitments
by Group
Three-Year History of Gift Commitments by Group
2006/07 $323 million
2007/08 $440 million
2008/09 $365 million

As a system, the university seeks to raise gift commitments in excess of 10 percent of the state general fund allocation. To reach this achievement, campuses have been divided into three peer groups to benchmark performance related to philanthropic productivity. The eleven Group I campuses are striving to build the capacity to raise gift commitments
equivalent to 10 percent of the state general fund allocation. The eight
Group II campuses seek to raise between 10 and 15 percent of the state general fund allocation. The four Group III campuses endeavor to raise more than 15 percent of the state general fund allocation. The factors for determining peer groups include the number of
full-time professional fundraisers, the number of individual donors, and the endowment market value, which are outlined on appendix Chart III. These factors have been determined as the leading indicators for fundraising success.

Charitable Commitments as a Percentage of the State General Fund Allocation
  2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
Gift Commitments* $325,812,908 $441,740,420 $366,390,355
State General Fund $2,591,032,455 $2,803,801,463 $2,795,240,005
Total Gift Commitments as a %
of State General Fund Allocation
13% 16% 13%
Group I Average 8% 10% 9%
Group II Average 12% 12% 10%
Group III Average 19% 30% 24%
System Average 13% 16% 13%

*Includes gift commitments to Chancellor's Office.