Clayton State University surpassed any other fundraising year in its history by raising a record $4.1 million in private gifts and pledges for the fiscal year ending in June 2018. This is the second consecutive year the University has topped its annual goal, doubling the goal set for the year.
“To all of the donors who supported Clayton State University this year I say THANK YOU! Private support has a direct and immediate impact on our students and their success,” says Kate Troelstra, vice-president of University Advancement.
Of the $4.1 million, a total of $923,459 in cash was raised for the Annual Fund, which supports scholarships, programs, and the ongoing needs of the institution.
Both endowed and annual scholarships received a sizable boost in contributions over the previous fiscal year with more than $896,000 raised to provide students the financial support to finish their studies and graduate on time. In 2017, nearly $405,000 was raised for annual and endowed scholarships.
Greater In Mind, Clayton State’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, is close to reaching its goal of $12 million with over $10 million in gifts and pledges already raised.
A number of significant partnerships established in the fiscal year helped the University reach this double-digit milestone in the comprehensive campaign.
A $500,000 gift from the Coca-Cola Foundation is providing 50 scholarships each worth $10,000 to cover tuition and fees for two years, as well as fund an experiential learning opportunity for first-generation students, as well as female students interested in STEM.
MailChimp awarded the University $300,000 for the creation of Launch Pad. This one-of-a-kind program in partnership with Clayton State’s College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) will foster a relationship flow between the technology sector and the classroom and will provide scholarships to students.
And a $12,000 gift from the John & Mary Franklin Foundation will allow CIMS to invest in the latest analytics software for the University’s cybersecurity curriculum.
“This level of giving is an enormous testimony to friends and supporters who demonstrate a belief in the value of investing in students, faculty, and staff of Clayton State University,” said Dr. Tim Hynes, president of Clayton State. “We know that these efforts will continue in the coming year. At the same time, we are grateful for that faith and support, as well as thankful for those same faculty, staff and students, whose daily efforts provide evidence of dreams made real.”