Colorado State University announces $1 billion comprehensive campaign

Monday February 15, 2016 0 comments Tags: Fort Collins, Colorado State University, Tony Frank, Brett Anderson


FORT COLLINS -- Colorado State University announced it will seek to raise $1 billion in a comprehensive fundraising campaign now under way and ending in 2020.

In 2012, Colorado State University celebrated the early and successful conclusion of its first comprehensive campaign. Now, less than four years later, the University is embarking on a far more ambitious quest, looking to raise $1 billion to invest in the never-ending pursuit of across-the-board excellence.CSU_logoUSE_1

State Your Purpose – The Campaign for Colorado State University” officially launched Saturday, Feb. 13, at the annual 1870 Dinner on the CSU campus.

CSU said the goal is to complete the campaign by 2020 to mark the 150th birthday of the university

“We’re incredibly proud of this campaign – the goals it embodies, the promise it holds, and its symbolism,” Colorado State University President and System Chancellor Tony Frank told the gathering of CSU’s most passionate donors.

“This isn’t a campaign that quietly questions our thinking about the future. This is a campaign that demands a declaration: State Your Purpose. That theme embodies the character of a university that is committed to continuous improvement, that rolls up its sleeves and redoubles its efforts, and that leaves no one behind as we move forward.”

Brett Anderson, VP of University Advancement, shepherded the first campaign to a successful conclusion despite the lack of an established culture of giving at CSU. He announced that in just over three years the new campaign already has raised more money – nearly $540 million – than the previous campaign raised in seven full years.

Anderson said he expects an even more enthusiastic response for this campaign from alumni, corporations, foundations and other supporters of Colorado’s only land-grant university.

“The first campaign took seven years and really changed the way people thought about Colorado State University and private support,” he said. “We are just three-and-a-half years into this campaign and the support has been tremendous. Our generous and committed supporters recognize that we are on a phenomenal trajectory as a university, and that private support is essential if we are to continue on that impressive course.”

Anderson said private support is more essential than ever as CSU continues to strive for across-the-board excellence. He said he expects private support to outpace state funding at CSU for the fifth consecutive year.

CSU raised $173 million in the 2014-15 fiscal year – the most ever raised by a single college campus in Colorado – while the state contributed just over $100 million.

“We are thriving because of the generosity of our amazing alumni and supporters,” Anderson said. “They see the path we are on, and they want to support a national leader. We are solving real-world problems and educating tomorrow’s leaders.

“Our first campaign woke up a group of people and got them reconnected with us and willing to invest in this great university. This campaign’s goal is to get even more people engaged to support the state’s flagship institution.”

Anderson outlined several primary goals of the campaign:

  • Dramatically increase the number of scholarships so CSU can continue to recruit outstanding students throughout the state, the country and the world.
  • Invest in world-class infrastructure – classrooms, labs, residence halls and events facilities – so CSU can achieve across-the-board excellence.
  • Provide resources to its exceptional programs so CSU can continue to attract the leading minds in the world to further research and teaching.
  • Significantly increase CSU’s endowment for the long-term financial health of the University.

“Raising a billion dollars would put us in an exclusive club – only a small number of universities have completed billion-dollar campaigns,” Anderson said. “It’s a monumental and meaningful task, and it’s also the ideal target when we looked at the needs of the institution to continue on our path toward excellence.

“If we want to continue on our journey to become the greatest land-grant university in the country, we need to successfully complete this campaign.”

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