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Activities: donations

Saturday, June 9, 2007

CSU fundraising on average 2007 numbers being tabulated

After a record-breaking year in 2006, Colorado State University fundraising officials say donations for 2007 are back to average.

Donations to the CSU Foundation for fiscal year 2007 have yet to be tallied, though Joyce Berry, vice president of Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, said she believes funds will be close to the five-year average of about $60 million.

The CSU Foundation is the university's not-for-profit fundraising arm. It raises money for an endowment that helps fund programs and faculty at CSU.

Berry said she could not release figures for the year to date until they are totaled later this month.

The fundraising office has a campaign to increase donation goals significantly within the next few years and has hired more staff to do so, she said.

"Last year was a really extraordinary year for us ... we want that type of extraordinary year to become a normal year," she said.

A $30 million gift by alumnus and oil businessman Ed Warner spiked 2006 fiscal-year donations to nearly $95 million - the best ever. Warner's donation went to the university's natural resources college, which now bears his name.

While donations fell back to average levels this year, fiscal year 2007 did see the largest donation ever given by a current student. Sami Bedell, who graduated in December, donated $80,000 for liberal arts scholarships and toward the Liberal Arts' Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity.

Berry said that, as usual, the College of Veterinary Science and Biomedical Sciences fared better than most schools in 2007. In 2006, the school pulled in $27.5 million, better than any other school on campus except for the Warner College of Natural Resources, according to university information.

The vet school has done well largely because of animal owners whose pets have been treated there, said Kathleen Henry, president of the CSU Foundation. Particularly large donations come regularly from Sheryl Crow and Norman Schwarzkopf, whose dogs were treated by the school's animal cancer center, she said.

With less than 10 percent state funding, almost 90 percent of the vet school's money comes from private donations and grants, said Paul Maffey, director of development for the College of Veterinary Science and Biomedical Sciences.

"The private gifts we receive are paramount to success. We wouldn't be able to do it all without them," Maffey said.

While CSU expects a less-than-outstanding year, the University of Colorado in Boulder reported raising a record $125 million in donations this fiscal year. School officials cited a return to public confidence after a series of scandals.