Chevron Gift Reception. Photo by Dennis Steers.
What Makes Us Different
Our Learn by Doing Model
Cal Poly's College of Engineering is world-renown and a major provider of engineers and leaders for our national economy. Our "learn by doing," polytechnic program emphasizes a hands-on education, which has proven extremely successful in producing engineers for industry and graduate degree programs.
The Cal Poly Engineering Difference
- Students are immersed in engineering when they arrive on campus.
- There are more that 80 labs supporting undergraduate engineering education.
- Many students participate in cooperative work and summer intern experiences
- Industry representatives - often alumni - engage students in "real world" projects.
- Students are required to complete a capstone senior project.
Employers and industry agree: College of Engineering graduates are better prepared for the workforce and for leadership in technology and business because of their hands-on experience and their ability to work collaboratively in teams and across disciplines.
Donor Impact Stories
Strategies for Giving
The College of Engineering offers a wide variety of giving opportunities. You may give an non-designated gift to the college, or you may request that your funds be used to support specific needs, programs, or projects. There are many ways to give that meet your needs and support the College of Engineering.
Whether you give directly to the college or through some other vehicle, your gift helps ensure that the college continues on its path of excellence.
Unrestricted gifts to the College of Engineering and/or the Departments
Undesignated gifts provide maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of the college or departments. For instance, funds may be used for faculty development, such as keeping abreast of technological innovations, or to support student clubs and projects, or to provide needed maintenance and administrative support.
Employer Matching Gifts
You can double the impact of your personal gift to the college through an employer matching gifts program. To see if your company offers this benefit, visit Cal Poly's online directory of matching gift companies at Cal Poly Matching Gifts.
Endowments are funds established by a donor and invested by Cal Poly to support for a specific program. Annual income from the endowment is used to fund the activity. Endowments fund student scholarships, provide for laboratory maintenance, or establish funds to promote a specific activity. The minimum amount required to establish an endowment is $25,000.
Awards fund an activity annually without establishing a permanent endowment. The minimum amount required to create an award is $3,000. Once created, the donor typically makes the gift annually for an ongoing impact.
Endowed Chairs/Endowed Professorships
Endowed chairs allow the college to attract and retain the best faculty members. Annual income from these funds provides for research, professional development, grant-seeking work and student projects. Funds may be used for research or laboratory access, or to obtain the latest technological teaching tools needed to enhance the curriculum.
A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament. There are different kinds of bequests. For each, you must use very specific language to indicate the precise direction of your assets, and to successfully carry out your final wishes.
Creating a Charitable Trust
A charitable trust allows you to receive full benefits of a tax deduction, and generates income for you. It is also a vehicle for avoiding capital gains taxes and diversifying assets.
For questions or more information, contact our Advancement Office.
Our Greatest Needs
The Challenges of Leading-Edge Engineering Education
In order to meet the challenges of the future, we must provide the tools to achieve excellence, including the following.
- Laboratory Endowments: We must provide state-of-the-art facilities conducive to learning and supportive of innovation and "real world" engineering projects.
- Gifts of Equipment and Technology: Access to cutting-edge equipment prepares students for immediate productivity after graduation, while also expanding possibilities for innovative projects and collaboration with industry.
- Endowments for Curriculum Excellence: To ensure that our students are prepared to address the challenges of a growing world with shrinking resources, we must keep abreast of technological issues and specializations. Private support ensures that Cal Poly's engineering curriculum reflects new directions in industry.
- Scholarships/Endowed Professorships: Endowed professorships help attract and retain outstanding faculty. And we can continue to attract top-notch students by offering applied research project sponsorships and establishing endowments for student scholarships.
You Can Make a Lasting Difference
To learn what Cal Poly needs and how you can help, contact our Advancement Office.
You may make a secure gift online and direct it to where ever you like!
To designate your gift on the online form, follow the screen directions to indicate your gift amount, giving preference, and payment method.