Colorado State University-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare and Russell DeSalvo, chair of the CSU-Pueblo Foundation, announced August 31, 2016 the successful conclusion of the three-year On the Move capital campaign with 13,517 pledges and gifts received totaling more than $28.4 million. The CSU-Pueblo Foundation exceeded the $25 million goal of the campaign by nearly $3.5 million.
At the campaign news conference/celebration in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom, DeSalvo provided a variety of statistics illustrating the success of the campaign, which sought to advance the University through additional scholarships, facility enhancements, and the addition of six new sports. The components of the campaign for Colorado State University-Pueblo included $15 million for academic scholarships, $5 million toward the renovation/expansion of the Occhiato University Center, and $5 million toward athletics expansion and enhancements.
According to CSU-Pueblo Foundation Chair Russell DeSalvo, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation exceeded its goal thanks to gifts and pledges of $28,449,472. He reported that donations to the campaign came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of the individual donors, more than 34 percent were alumni of the institution. As part of a faculty/staff giving campaign, 100 percent of the faculty from the Hasan School of Business and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences donated to the On the Move campaign.
The campaign attracted 2,018 new donors who gave nearly $1.7 million is particularly significant to the future of the institution. Of those new donors, 497 gave more than one gift during the three-year campaign.
Approximately 58 new scholarship funds were created as a result of the campaign. Every year since the launch of the On the Move campaign, the CSU-Pueblo Foundation has increased the funding awarded to CSU-Pueblo student scholarships. In 2013, the Foundation awarded $1.18 million in scholarships. In 2014, the Foundation increased scholarship awards to $1.53 million, and then again to $1.68 million in 2015. The CSU-Pueblo Foundation has continued the trend this fall, awarding a record-breaking $2.5 million to deserving CSU-Pueblo students for fiscal year 2016.
Campaign totals by giving area are as follows:
Athletic Scholarships: $3,203,258.68
OUC Renovation: $2,383,051.10
Misc. Restricted Gifts: $8,323,645.83
Unrestricted Gifts: $229,975.24