A record number of donors with cumulative giving to SDSU
ranging from $50,000 to $10 million were honored Thursday night at the
Foundation’s Donor Celebration.
donors – comprised of individuals, companies and organizations – have
given a combined $48 million to SDSU. The City of Brookings became the
seventh member of the Charles L. Coughlin Society, which recognizes
commitments of $10 million or more. The City of Brookings was a lead
investor in the Performing Arts Center and has committed $6 million to
the expansion of that facility.
crowd of 940 people was treated to two performances that featured 80
student singers, dancers and musicians, including the Pride of the
Dakotas marching band drum line and 60 members of the SDSU Concert
Choir. The evening included a video tribute to President David L.
Chicoine and Provost Laurie Stenberg Nichols, who will leave their
leadership roles at the university next month.
It was announced that, since 2007, private donors have committed
$420 million to the university through the SDSU Foundation. That
equates to an average of $124,000 a day between January 1, 2007 and
April 24, 2016.
The Gene and JoAnn
Goodale family was named the 2016 Philanthropic Family of the Year. It
was also announced that gifts are being accepted to name two signatures
spaces within the new Alumni Center that will be named in honor of
longtime supporters of the Alumni Association and Foundation.
Lead gifts have already been made to honor former Executive
Directors Keith Jensen and V.J. Smith by naming the board room after
The entertainment space in the
new Alumni Center will be named Woster Celebration Hall in honor of Jim
and Penny Woster. Gifts that people make to honor Jensen, Smith and the
Wosters will be used for construction of the Alumni Green. The project
is a two-block development across from the Campanile that consists of a
new Alumni Center attached to the Lohr Building, that serves as home to
the SDSU Foundation, and a University House.
Construction is scheduled to begin in June.