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A Helping Hand

The Cal Poly Food Pantry provides free and nutritious food to the Cal Poly community.

A Cherished Cal Poly Tradition that Spans Generations

2024 Will Mark 75 Years That Cal Poly Rose Floats Have Showcased Learn by Doing to the World

Inspiring a Brighter Future: CSM Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative Launches

Alumni entrepreneur donation supports the CSM Innovation Initiative, offering students a variety of resources and networking opportunities to advance entrepreneurial inspirations.

Building Leaders from Within

Students looking for a way to give back to their community can start their search at Cal Poly’s Leadership and Service department, which offers a multitude of ways to experience meaningful and purposeful opportunities.

Set Up for Success: How a New Student Grant Can Help Launch Careers

The Cal Poly Student Professional Development Fund aims to support students who demonstrate financial need in attending and participating in a variety of opportunities that could aid their career exploration.

Alumna Makes $1M Gift to Sustain MATE Family Culture

When Cindy Shurtleff started studying metallurgical engineering at Cal Poly, she joined a tight-knit group of aspiring engineers and supportive professors who have stayed connected for close to 50 years.

A Light That Won’t Fade: Julie Valentino Detro

The Julie Valentino Detro scholarship benefits students during their most challenging times, and honors the memory of a life-long friendship that began at Cal Poly 50 years ago.

Separate Paths

How Cal Poly Helped a Power Couple Launch Two Startups That Have Become Giant Success Stories – and Why They’re Paying It Forward

Cal Poly Alum Gives Back To Program That Energized His Career

Ronald Allen recently decided to fund a scholarship for students in the City and Regional Planning department to “pay it forward.”

Once a Journalist, Always a Journalist

This dedicated group of Cal Poly journalism alumni share a passion for supporting Cal Poly and ensuring the future of quality journalism.

CSM Ambassadors Help Teens Experience Marine Science Through Outreach

The Santa Rosa Creek Foundation supports student scholarships, field trips, Learn by Doing Labs and summer camps for Tulare County high school students.

Entrepreneurship For All

A Fresno High School and the CIE Are Increasing Educational Access for Low-Income Students

A Rodeo Legend's Legacy

Cotton Rosser is credited with helping to establish the annual Poly Royal Rodeo event at Cal Poly. The $5 million Cotton Rosser Rodeo Endowment honors his distinguished dedication to the sport while supporting the future of the Cal Poly Rodeo program.

From The Gridiron To The C-Suite

CEO Manvir Sandhu’s Love of Football Helped Pave Way For His Success

Thank You for the Music

Family and friends remember Professor Emeritus John Russell with a scholarship endowment.

From First Generation to Family Tradition

The Sakamoto family has a long history with Cal Poly. Now they are giving back to help provide opportunities for others.

Lives Well-Lived, a Legacy Left Forever: George and Tonny Murray

Former Cal Poly Professor George Murray and his wife Tonny Murray established a scholarship fund which benefits students in the Materials Engineering Department.

Former Cal Poly Baseball Standout Gives Back

Jason Maas, who was drafted by the New York Yankees, supported the effort to create the Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse.

Big Picture Philanthropy

In the 1990s David Aaker literally wrote the book on modern marketing and its strategic value. Now, he’s turning his attention toward making an impact on Cal Poly students from underserved backgrounds.

Former Cal Poly Provost is a Strong Advocate for Student Athletes

Dr. Kathleen Enz Finken is a dedicated supporter of the Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country team.

Supporting the Mustang Family One Dream at a Time

The Kostalnick family has found a way to give back to the Cal Poly community they call home.

CAFES Learn by Doing Endowment

Funding for the Future of Learning: In 2009, 11 innovative industry leaders and philanthropists came together to form the Learn by Doing Endowment to support the college’s renowned tradition of excellence.

KCPR: A Cal Poly Institution

Alum Len Filomeo, former Chief Engineer for KCPR, offers his thoughts on his time at KCPR and why he continues to support the station.

The Future of Organic Agriculture

Grimmway Farms Donates $5 Million to Cal Poly College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences to Establish the Center for Organic Production and Research.

A Practical Approach

IBM Executive Bill LaFontaine Wants to Inspire Others Who Have Benefitted from Cal Poly with a $50,000 Matching Gift

A Family of Mustangs

Matt and Sheri Fay are proud alumni, proud parents and proud donors to Cal Poly.

The Katherine and Eric Johnson Accounting Discipline Scholarship

After paying her own way through school, OCOB alumna Katherine Johnson wanted to help a new generation of business students with similar needs.

A Thirst For Good

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE) students re-fabricate a water drill that will be used in developing nations.

Leading by Example

This former three-year captain of the Cal Poly Softball team sets an example for current players both on and off the field.

Tech for All

Alumna Katrina Dickson wants to support more diversity in STEM.

Still Rooting for Cal Poly Students

Phonathon donations add up to make a big difference

Learn by Doing Takes Root in the Oceano Dunes

The Horticulture and Crop Science Department was awarded a four-year, $820,000 grant in December 2019 to help restore native plant habitat at Oceano Dunes.

Stu and Jan Bartleson's Lasting Legacy

Stu and Jan Bartleson donated their 450-acre avocado and lemon ranch in southern San Luis Obispo County to Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences that summer, providing a legacy of Learn by Doing for generations of students.