August 04, 2009 12:00AM
With one year remaining in its 10-year, $120 million capital campaign, Pittsburg State University is on track after surpassing the $100 million mark this July.
University Development Director Scott Roberts said despite the turbulent economy, fundraising efforts for "The Campaign for Pittsburg State University: Continuing the Legacy" have been strongly supported by alumni and constituents across the nation. Despite a national 2 percent drop in giving during the 2009 fiscal year, the number of large gifts at PSU increased significantly. Pitt State had more than 12,500 donors last year, and saw a 14 percent increase of gifts over $20,000.
The campaign has included multiple highlights, including a $10 million gift for the future fine and performing arts building, as well as millions of dollars in "gifts-in-kind" such as industrial equipment for the College of Technology. Nearly 20 percent of the total amount raised since the beginning of the campaign has come in the form of planned giving commitments through the PSU Heritage Society.
"When I speak with development professionals at other institutions, I consistently hear how incredible they think private support is at PSU, and they're right," Roberts said. "We're fortunate to have such loyal and committed constituents. Without them, PSU would not be what it is today."
The PSU Foundation has provided funds for campus enhancement projects including new buildings such as the Student Health and Student Recreation Centers, as well as student scholarships. Since the campaign began, more than $15 million has been received and awarded for scholarships.
The capital campaign was formed in 2000 by the PSU Foundation, with campaign priorities set under the leadership of former PSU President Tom Bryant.
"Pittsburg State has always been a leader amongst its peer institutions in soliciting and receiving gifts to enhance the university," said Dr. Brad Hodson, vice president for university advancement. "The campaign is an extension of the work that's been going on at PSU for decades and decades."
For more information on making a gift to PSU, contact University Development at 620-235-4768 or go to http://www.pittstate.edu/office/development/index.dot?host_id=37.