The CSU has developed strong relationships
with organizations over the years that have significantly
increased its ability to generate grants and gifts. In 2001/2002,
income from corporations and foundations exceeded income from
individuals for the first time. Combined income from all organizations,
including corporations, foundations and other organizations—such
as campus-related organizations, alumni associations, religious
or community organizations—totaled nearly two-thirds
of all voluntary support to the CSU.
Of all giving categories in 2001/2002, giving from corporations
showed the greatest increase (31 percent) and reached the
highest total dollar value ($102 million) of all sources of
support to the CSU. Significant corporate gifts included the
donation of the Avila Beach pier to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
(valued at $18 million) and four major gifts of software valued
at over $4 million each. Gifts-in-kind are often provided
by corporations to support the equipment or capital needs
of a campus and are included in the gift totals.
Overall, corporate giving in 2001/2002 represented a substantial
40 percent of all voluntary giving to the CSU.
Private charitable foundations including family foundations
contributed nearly $50 million to the CSU in 2001/2002. Foundation
giving increased significantly two years ago and has maintained
a consistently high level since then. Although giving from
foundations nationally was stagnant as a result of disappointing
stock market conditions, the CSU was able to increase total
support from foundations by 7 percent. One major factor in
the increase was the successful fundraising program at San
Diego State that raised $19 million from foundations.