LONG BEACH - The Cal State University system last year saw a rise in individual donations, helping the 23-campus system sustain the number of overall donations at the level from the previous year, officials said Wednesday.
The rise in individual donations came from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends for a total of $107 million in the 2011-2012 year, a growth of $7.9 million, or 8 percent, from the previous year.
Donations from corporations and organizations, however, dropped from $141 million in the 2010-2011 year to $132 million last year.
Overall donations totalled more than $240 million for the second year in a row.
The highest individual donation was a pledge of $42 million from the Kellogg Foundation to Cal Poly Pomona. Longtime San Diego State donors Larry and Madeline Petersen donated $2 million of their estate to that campus' Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. Petersen, founder and president of LP Marketing, is an alumnus of San Diego State.
"All giving is welcome, but individual donors share a connection to the university that makes their gifts particularly unique and meaningful," Garrett P. Ashley, CSU vice chancellor for university relations and advancement said in a statement. "Their support sustains excellence in programs they deeply care about in areas that span innovation, teaching, research, athletics and arts."
CSU officials said fundraising is critical for maintaining quality programs but it cannot replace revenue lost to state funding cuts.
The top five causes that donors gave money toward in 2012 were:
Endowments primarily for student scholarships, $45.5 million
Academic enrichment, $43.1 million
Public service programs, $29.6 million
Donations dedicated to future programs, $22.3 million
Facilities (libraries, laboratories, arts centers and athletics), $20.8 million