Record Year for Fundraising

Record Year for Fundraising

By Tony Phifer

If you’re wondering how donations to Colorado State University can impact your life, look no further than the College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

The college raised a record $42.6 million during the 2013-14 fiscal year – part of a record-breaking total of $143.3 million raised at CSU. The donations included a $10 million anonymous gift to the Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center; $6 million from the Malone Family Foundation for equine orthopaedics; and $3 million to the Equine Reproduction Laboratory from longtime friends Bud and Jo Adams to sustain CSU’s famed fertility clinic.

Those gifts will support CSU’s extensive work in translational medicine – research that is focused on curing cancer, improving orthopaedic care and advancing reproductive science in both animals and humans.

“We are grateful to all our donors, who understand that private giving has a special place in supporting excellent teaching, research and clinical service,” said Dr. Mark Stetter, a veterinarian and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Each gift, large or small, contributes to our ability to fulfill our quest to help animals, people and the planet.”

CSU’s record total – nearly $31 million more than the previous record – includes five gifts of $5 million or more and 31 gifts of $1 million or more. In addition to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences̕ record total, Warner College of Natural Resources ($19.6 million), Engineering ($19 million) and Agricultural Sciences ($8.7 million) also raised significant totals.

At Warner College of Natural Resources, for example, gifts of $1 million or more helped support geosciences, wildlife and conservation programs, and funded an endowed chair.

The total also helps fill gaps created by ever-shrinking state support. The $143.3 million is nearly 50 percent more than the $97.1 million CSU received from the state in 2013-14.

“Thank you to our wonderful and committed donors who have again shown their confidence in this great University,” said Brett Anderson, vice president for University Advancement. “This record is about you – our alumni and friends who put your money where your pride is, and understand that a gift to CSU is a gift to support world-class education. We believe this is the most money ever raised in one year by any single campus in the state of Colorado, and I could not be more proud of the direction CSU is headed.”

As always, CSU donors supported programs across campus, creating scholarships, funding building projects, supporting faculty and providing money for community outreach.

Students such as Lee Cooper directly benefited from donor generosity. Cooper, an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army who was deployed to Iraq and Africa, graduated in May with an MBA from CSU’s College of Business.

Like thousands of Armed Forces veterans, Cooper was looking to take advantage of his GI Bill of Rights benefits when he enrolled at CSU. Although his GI benefits covered most of his expenses, the husband and father of an 11-year-old still found himself worrying about finances.

That’s when he learned about the Liniger Honor, Service & Commitment Scholarship. Established in 2013 thanks to a $2 million gift from RE/MAX founders Dave and Gail Liniger, the scholarship provides money to students who served in combat to fill funding gaps not covered by GI benefits.

“When you’re going to school, and you have a family, you always feel like you’re living on the edge,” Cooper said. “The Liniger Scholarship really helped with some financial concerns and relieved some anxiety while I was working on earning a degree. I’m very grateful for the help.”

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