Cal Poly Pomona launched The President’s Circle to recognize donors gifting $2,500 annually to strengthen more than 100 programs and resources that boost student success, including scholarships, classroom technology and the Veteran’s Resource Center.
Alumna Mardis Jackson (’80, management and human resources) started donating to Cal Poly Pomona after she graduated to give back to a university that strengthened her knowledge and skills, and led her to become Principal at Options in Design Inc., a furniture refurbishment company located in Paramount.
“Donations from alumni and anyone else who feels in their heart to contribute to Cal Poly Pomona are so important because it allows current and future students opportunities that they may not otherwise have had,” says Jackson, chair of The President’s Circle. “It’s important to me to give because I got so much from my education here, and I’m really honored to have been one of the people asked to be part of The President’s Circle.”
President’s Circle members can receive special communications, VIP invitations, recognitions and opportunities to engage with the university community. A President’s Circle reception is planned for April 3, 2019 in the new Student Services and Administration Building.
Donations can be designated to specific university programs and resources, or the Bronco Fund, which provides more flexibility in how funds are distributed and reaches students in all majors and backgrounds, including urgent needs such as meal assistance emergency grants and short-term emergency housing.
Alexandria Griffin, a third-year major in Business Administration focused on International Business and Marketing, works as a fund raiser for Cal Poly Pomona, calling campus community members to advocate for numerous university programs that she says keep students well-rounded. She is also secretary of the Student Philanthropy Club.
“A lot of our donations impact students’ everyday life, programs that round out the experience of being a college student rather than just being here for an education,” Griffin said. “I really like doing my job because maybe not everybody can afford to go to school on their own and I’m helping them out in a way.”
Some Cal Poly Pomona resources expanding students’ college experiences that are enhanced by donations are the Cultural Centers and the Living Library. The Cultural Center recently held a screening of “Crazy Rich Asians,” where singer-songwriter Kina Grannis answered audience questions and discussed being Asian in the music industry. The Living Library allows community members to sit down with students at the university library and have discussions about their life and lived experiences.
“These events are educational and interesting, and opens students’ eyes to different cultures and creeds,” Griffin said. “When people donate, it means a lot to us. We really are grateful.”
Visit www.cpp.edu/presidentscircle or contact Tania Mistry, Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving, at 909-869-4963 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on The President’s Circle and how to donate.