“The collective generosity of thousands of donors has truly transformed the campus and greatly impacted the experiences of our students and our faculty.”

- Kim Tobin, CSU vice president for University Advancement


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Our Funding Initiatives


Growing CSU’s Endowment Assets  

Generous donations impact all that is CSU. From student access, to growing diverse and comprehensive academic programming, to building world-class learning environments and attracting the best and brightest faculty and researchers, your investment makes all the difference in CSU’s future. 

CSU students, alumni, friends and family from around the world have shown they are proud to be CSU Rams. In a single day in April 2018, 1,790 donors pitched in during Colorado State University’s Love Your State, Day of Giving to raise a record $732,596. These gifts supported scholarships, and Rams Against Hunger, a program that provides meals to CSU students experiencing food insecurity.

In addition, alumnus Michael Smith and his wife, Iris, created more than 100 scholarships for students in business, chemistry, and geosciences, and supported the construction of the new Michael Smith Natural Resources Building and the Iris & Michael Smith Alumni Center

Nancy (’82) and Curt Richardson, co-founders of OtterBox and Blue Ocean Enterprises, donated $8.1 million for the Nancy Richardson Design Center. The center will house design studios, fabrication/prototype/ideation labs, presentation spaces, and classrooms and computer labs, and challenge students and faculty to think differently when creating and innovating. 

Gifts of all sizes help create scholarships, support faculty, boost CSU’s research enterprise, and shape our physical campus. Investing in these areas lays the foundation for CSU’s next 150 years. 


Amount raised to support CSU’s world-class students, faculty, researchers, and facilities


Total donors since 2012



Number of scholarships created since 2012


Dollars donated to improve CSU facilities

Goal for 2020: Increase CSU Endowment Assets by $150 Million