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Donors give $96.3 million to SDSU

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego State University reported Monday that the recently completed fiscal year was its best ever for fundraising, bringing in $96.3 million from donors.

The multi-year Campaign for SDSU, which has a $750 million target, reached $602 million, according to SDSU. The university surpassed its original goal of $500 million last year, so raised the fundraising bar.

"The record fundraising of the past year is a testament to our community's strength and scope," said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman.

"It reflects the profound commitment of our generous alumni and community supporters, as well as the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and students in creating distinguished academic and co-curricular programs," he said. "This record-breaking year again demonstrates that when we work together as one community anything is possible."

SDSU reported that about one-quarter of the year's take was from estate gifts or pledges of future donations.

Since the Campaign for SDSU was launched in July 2007, more than 53,000 donors have contributed, including 111 who gave more than $1 million.

The Class of 2015 included 1,500 new donors. Recent graduates were asked to contribute at least $10 to SDSU's general scholarship fund when they picked up their caps and gowns, and 16 percent did so.

To date, the Campaign for SDSU has raised more than $291 million for academic programs, $105 million for student scholarships, $17 million for facilities and $72 million for support of Aztec athletics. The rest went to other areas.

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