Celebrating a Culture of Giving.

The growing culture of giving continues to transform our university.  Thousands of students receive scholarship funds.  State of the art facilities enhance the campus landscape.  Lives are changed as a result of groundbreaking research.  With the help of our donors, SDSU has become the great university that it is today. 

That is something worth celebrating.

Donor Celebration

The Foundation’s Donor Celebration pays tribute to some of the university’s most generous and faithful benefactors. We now have more than 1,700 donors within our 10 lifetime giving societies. At the April 26 event, the Foundation honored 224 donors that moved into new lifetime giving societies that range from $25,000 to $20 million.

In closing remarks to the audience of 750, President Barry Dunn used two recent examples to drive home the significance of the theme, “ASP!RE: Imagining our Potential,” and the power of philanthropic giving.

“I want you to think about the meaning of those words on the screen. First, Imagining our Potential.  Nearly two years ago, I used the words “Imagine” or “Imagination” 18 times in my inaugural address.

I had no idea how we’d do it, but I shared my vision of providing access to a higher education for those young people living on the nine Indian reservations in our state. I witnessed what a higher education did for my mother, Sara, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. I want her story to become the norm -- not the exception.

Within a year of my inauguration, we had enough commitments in private gifts to build an American Indian Student Center and offer our first scholarships through the Wokini Initiative.

Now, the word ASPIRE. Five years ago, a young man from Britton, South Dakota enrolled at South Dakota State. He showed promise, but not enough for a scholarship. He joined Coach Stig’s team as a preferred walk-on.

Back then, I’m sure Dallas Goedert’s aspirations were to simply make the team. At this very moment, the National Football League is holding its draft. (Goedert was chosen 49th overall by defending champion Philadelphia Eagles).

Did Dallas always ASPIRE to play in the NFL? Maybe. Tens of thousands of young men do.  He had the potential. He had the physical skills. He had the drive and determination.  Coach Stig and supporters of our football program gave him the opportunity.

I am so grateful for the donors that invest in our American Indian students. That invest in Dallas Goedert. And invest in everyone that comes to SDSU in pursuit of their dreams.


Annual Club Celebration

The members of our Annual Giving Clubs provide a foundation of steady support for SDSU.  These donors contribute $100-$5,000 annually, providing a stable funding source for scholarships, faculty support, and academic success. 

This annual event provides an opportunity to honor these essential Annual Giving Club members. 


Giving Societies

Want to learn more about our Lifetime Giving Societies and Annual Giving Clubs?