Cal State hums – Fundraising a priority

California State University raised a record-high $881.6 million in donations last year, the second straight year the 23-campus system posted a record increase in its fundraising, the Associated Press reported Jan. 24.

The total raised included more than $250 million from alumni, individuals and corporations, and more than $630 million from sponsorships, bequests, contracts, grants and endowments.

“Fundraising has become an institutional priority at all campuses, said Douglas X. Patino, vice chancellor for institutional advancement.

In the early 1990s, the university system encouraged campuses to boost their fundraising. Last year, the system raised $860 million.

The biggest increase in donations was among alumni, individuals and corporations, which nearly tripled their support from less than $100 million in the last seven years.

San Diego State University raised the most, $39.6 million, an increase of more than $7 million from the previous year.

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