The California State University CSU Annual Report on External Support presented to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 27, shows continued strong financial contributions to the university despite worsening economic times in 2008-09.

At California State University, Fresno, gifts totaling $53.4 million were recorded by the Campaign for Fresno State – the greatest amount ever donated to the university in one year.

During 2008-09, Fresno State received the largest single cash gift in CSU history – $29.4 million from the Jordan family estate – resulting in the CSU trustees naming the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

During the “quiet” phase of the Campaign for Fresno State, gifts of $132.4 million were recorded, and the university’s first capital campaign entered its “public” phase in May 2009 with a goal of $200 million by June, 2012.

In announcing the public phase, Fresno State President John D. Welty said, “The gifts we receive through the campaign change the way we think about what we do and change our ability to think about the future.

“Never in our history have we had so many opportunities for progress within our reach,” he added. “Gifts large or small provide scholarships, equipment, tools, research programs, building enhancements and experiences for students and faculty that wouldn’t happen without donor support.”

Mary Anna Dunn, the university’s associate vice president for development, said, “It’s gratifying that to date over 21,000 donors have given to the campaign. With our centennial activities beginning in April, we look forward to connecting with new friends and reconnecting with alumni so that they can be proud of the vitality and vision of Fresno State.”

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