Cal Poly Pomona began laying the groundwork for its first major comprehensive fundraising campaign in the midst of the Great Recession. Many people were worried; they said it couldn't be done. We are so glad to report that despite the challenges of the state budget and the struggling economy, people believe in the power of higher education, and they believe in us. With the support of our community, we have raised more than $104.9 million toward our $150 million goal. We've climbed to No. 2 in the entire 23-campus California State University system in fundraising.
You can already see the impact of the campaign throughout the campus, starting with the recipients of more than $5 million in scholarships this past academic year. It is visible at the 16-acre John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, which became carbon neutral thanks to two large solar panels from Amonix Inc. University benefactors helped the College of Business Administration open a technologyenhanced business complex this fall.
What made it possible? To me, it comes down to the recognition that Cal Poly Pomona is an effective instrument for change. As you have seen in the preceding testimonials, the university is helping families in Pomona, opening the doors to higher education for promising young people, expanding clinical research methodology, and so much more.
We thank the numerous individuals and companies that have supported Cal Poly Pomona in the 2011-2012 academic year. Thank you for believing in us and making what was previously considered impossible, possible.
While we celebrate how far we have come, we recognize there is more work to be done to reach our campaign target. We need your help to cross that finish line. So, my question for you is, what else do you want to make possible? The Division of University Advancement stands ready to help you be that instrument for positive change.
Scott C. Warrington
Vice President for University Advancement