From helping student veterans to former foster youth to student athletes, the fifth annual Campus Campaign aims to bolster a wide swath of campus departments, initiatives and programs.
Yellow and green buttons bearing “9,813” and symbolizing philanthropy will be sent to Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff members for the launch of the campaign on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The buttons denote the number of gifts made to Cal Poly Pomona in the 2015-2016 academic year and highlight each person’s valuable role in philanthropy. The Campus Campaign, which ends Jan. 27, seeks to tap faculty, staff, emeriti and students.
“Philanthropy provides critical funding for scholarships and educational opportunities that students otherwise might not have,” says Kayhan Ahmadi, director of leadership annual giving. “At state-assisted universities like Cal Poly Pomona, donors help pave the way to student success. Their generosity and commitment are invaluable.”
Last year, the gift amount from faculty, staff and emeriti jumped a robust 41 percent, totaling $384,742.
For Marwa Mhtar, a senior majoring in anthropology, scholarships made the difference in being able to attend Cal Poly Pomona. She is a McNair Scholar, a Presidential Scholarship recipient, co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee and co-founder of Emerging Scholars, which is a scholarship aimed at low-income first-generation students.
“Students with my background, statistically speaking, almost never get that opportunity to go to college,” Mhtar says. “I look up to the donors who gave so much to me, and maybe that money they gave wasn’t a lot to them, but for me it’s life-changing. Donors are the reason I am able to go to school.”
Donors supported a myriad of programs in 2016, including the purchase of an electric cart to allow the Division of Student Affairs to get veterans with disabilities around campus, scholarships for the Renaissance Scholars program to help former foster youth, scholarships for student athletes, a landscape architecture project in the College of Environmental Design and community outreach programs at the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center.
“Philanthropy impacts students in many ways,” says Mike Pedro, the newly appointed coordinator of Undocumented Student Services, which part of the Division of Student Affairs. “First, students are better able to pay for essentials including tuition and books. Secondly, students understand how people care for them and their success.”
For convenience, faculty and staff can participate in a regular a payroll deduction that allows gifts to be made over a 12-month period. Monthly deductions accumulate and can turn into a significant gift. The minimum amount mandated by the state is $2 per month.
Donors also can make a gift annually or several times a year by check (made payable to the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation Inc.), cash, credit card or online at www.cpp.edu/give. A recurring gift can be set up through the website.
The Campus Campaign is being held in conjunction with Student Philanthropy Week, a series of events and outreach efforts from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27 to raise awareness among students about the pivotal role donors play in their education. Activities will include writing thank-you notes to donors and giving away slices of pie to symbolize that one-third of the university’s budget is derived from donations.
For questions about the campaign, contact Ahmadi at (909) 869-4970 or firstname.lastname@example.org.