The Campaign for Fresno State
The Campaign for Fresno State generated resources to establish programs, support research, endow scholarships and build new facilities for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and the community.
The final figure of the campaign totaled $214,222,190, more than 7 percent above the $200 million goal set in 2005. “The campaign is an incredible success,” said Fresno State President Emeritus John D. Welty. “It demonstrates that thousands of people and organizations are willing to invest in the university and the future of students today and for years to come.” The Campaign for Fresno State was the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the campus’ 102-year history and among the largest in the system. During the nearly eight-year campaign, 34,629 donors made a total of 163,212 gifts. Donations ranged in size from $25 gifts from alumni just embarking on their careers to multimillion-dollar gifts. Highlights of the Campaign for Fresno State include:
- $29.5 million from the Jordan family to the Ag One Foundation in support of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
- $10 million from William Lyles and his family to the Lyles College of Engineering
- $10 million from the Table Mountain Rancheria to the Henry Madden Library
- $6 million from an anonymous donor to establish the Beck Endowed Scholarship FundThe Bernard Osher Foundation Keeps Benefiting the CSU
Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University
In a time of plummeting state support for public higher education, San José State University aspires to be a global, urban university that prepares students to thrive in the 21st century.
To fulfill this ambition, the university embarked on Acceleration: The Campaign for San José State University, a groundbreaking, seven-year campaign to change lives, power Silicon Valley and re-engage those who love San José State. Acceleration was the first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign in the university’s 156-year history. With the unprecedented commitment of San José State’s alumni, friends and community members, the university surpassed its $200 million goal by nearly $9 million in support of four campaign priorities: Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship; Investment in Students; Gateway to Silicon Valley and the World; and Support for Existing Programs. The huge success of Acceleration has positioned the university to continue to reinvent public higher education. It will be recorded as one of the most important milestones in the history of San José State.
$3 Million Gift Supports Global Studies at San Diego State University
A man whose honors include the U.S. Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart and a Commendation medal for counter-espionage work during WWII has donated a large gift to San Diego State’s international and area studies programs. The $3 million gift from Charles W. Hostler and his wife, Chin-Yeh, is a continuation of their decade-long support for the College of Arts and Letters and its Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs, a campus forum for the discussion of critical global issues. “The Hostler’s support of the Institute on World Affairs has enabled us to bring to life the things and people our students are studying,” said Paul Wong, dean of the College of Arts and Letters. “Charles and Chin-Yeh Hostler have become great champions of our efforts to give our students the best experiences possible...” In 2010, Mr. Hostler’s achievements were recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. As a tribute to his continued support, the university named the new west building of Storm Hall as the Charles W. Hostler Building.
San José State University Receives an $8.7 million Bequest
Students in the San José State journalism school are getting a career preparation boost through generous support for equipment, technology and facility upgrades and innovations, as well as faculty development.
In the 1950s, San José State journalism school founder Dwight Bentel hired Globe Printing Co. to print the new student-run newspaper, The Spartan Daily. For 20 years, this business relationship endured and a great friendship was formed between Global Printing owners Jack and Emma Anderson and the school that would leave lasting reverberations at SJSU, in the Silicon Valley media community and beyond.
With Emma’s passing in March 2012, the Andersons left $8.7 million of their estate to San José State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Their generous gift will propel the school into an exciting and dynamic future in the mass media and related fields.
The school’s vision is to become “recognized internationally as the nimble, adaptive and innovative leader in new media and social media research in higher education, which reflects the energy and determination of Silicon Valley to invent new solutions for challenges in the 21st century,” says JMC Director Bob Rucker. “When the school’s strategic plan was written, I had no idea we would be getting such a wonderful gift.”
This bequest will help keep the school on the forefront of an ever-evolving industry. It is a fitting purpose for the Andersons, who always encouraged innovation and advancement.