The spirit of giving remains strong at Cal Poly Pomona with the fourth annual Campus Campaign raising over $140,000 for colleges, departments, programs and student scholarships.
The campaign has totaled 1,733 gifts and raised $141,429 thus far from the campus community, including current and former faculty and staff and emeriti. Last year’s effort at this juncture yielded 1,498 gifts that tallied nearly $140,930.
The increase in gifts does not come as a surprise to Kayhan Ahmadi, director of Leadership Annual Giving.
“This says a lot about our campus community that many of our faculty and staff make gifts,” says Ahmadi. “Our donors believe in our mission and want to expand opportunities for our students. Their giving fuels our mission and I’m inspired by their generosity.”
This year’s Campus Campaign, which was launched Feb. 15, was held in conjunction with Student Philanthropy Week, a series of events and outreach organized by current students designed to raise awareness of philanthropy and the donors who give to Cal Poly Pomona.
Students also wrote messages of appreciation to University President Soraya M. Coley. She and her husband have established the Ron and Soraya Coley Endowment Fund and have pledged $100,000 to it. In addition, students, administrators and faculty members thanked donors in a student-made YouTube video.
Contributions can go toward a specific college, department, scholarship fund or program.
Gifts also can be made to areas of greatest need, which include the University Library (to fund the special collections, exhibitions and public programming), scholarships (71 percent of students receive financial aid) and the Division of Student Affairs (to support programs such as Renaissance Scholars and the Veterans Resource Center).
Another contribution method is 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.