The inaugural One Purpose funding drive came to a conclusion Oct. 9 after more than 170 volunteers reported pledges totaling more than $516,000, every penny of which will be awarded as scholarships in the Fall 2015 to California State University, Stanislaus students who show academic excellence.
One Purpose scholarships are intended to encourage those students to reach their full potential and continue their pursuit of higher education, while also ensuring the strength of the future workforce in the region.
The campaign lasted six weeks, and in the last two weeks volunteers were inspired and motivated by two matching gifts totaling $100,000 from John and June Rogers, who also served as chairs for One Purpose.
During week six, volunteer Dan Leonard, of Modesto, reported a $10,000 donation from Bronco Wine Company and Kaiser Permanente of Modesto. Modesto law firm Herum Crabtree Suntag gave a gift of $5,000, reported by volunteer and leader Karna Petrulakis.
Donors Matt and Maria Swanson made a $250,000 gift in July to establish the endowment, which will supplement the money raised by volunteers each year.
More than 700 donors gave money to One Purpose, more than half of whom were new donors to the University.
“It is incredibly meaningful that many of the pledges made through One Purpose are building new relationships and new affinity with the University,” said Jacqueline Holt, director of annual giving at CSU Stanislaus. “Our community is making an investment in student success that will inspire our future leaders and benefit our region.”
Curtis and Sally Souza of Turlock, who led a team of One Purpose volunteers, said that while they are active in a variety of community fundraisers, this experience has been particularly meaningful.
“This campaign has created a synergy — it really is a collective energy for a common cause,” Curtis Souza said. “It is very empowering to have the opportunity to give back and be involved in giving students the opportunity to be successful.”