GivingTuesday Donations Boost Club and Student Activities Funding Requests

November 01, 2017

Juan Ortiz Salazar, a materials engineering and political science senior, hoped to attend Congressional Visit Days in Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Material Advantage, a national student program for materials science and engineering, the event serves to educate Congress about the importance of research in materials science, engineering and manufacturing.

Happily, Salazar was able to represent Cal Poly in the nation’s capital because the College of Engineering provided travel funds that came primarily from gifts made to the college on GivingTuesday, the 24-hour national day of giving.

In 2015-16, the college dispersed $15,000 in #GivingTuesday gifts to individuals and groups, such as Engineers Without Borders, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Radio Frequency Identification Club, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. The money helped fund student travel and registration costs for conferences and competitions.

This year, a new online system makes it even easier for clubs and students to submit funding requests. Out of the $37,000 raised during #GivingTuesday and additional gifts this year, $18,000 has been awarded, including the travel grant to Salazar.

“The kinds of expenses that we are targeting include travel, materials and supplies,” said Chris Apple, the student club liaison for the College of Engineering. “Individuals, clubs and instructionally related activities may all apply for funds.”

To make a request, students need only submit an application posted at

“We have caps for disbursement to undergraduate students and larger groups because with requests running three times ahead of available donor-provided funds, we are shooting for as broad a benefit as possible,” said Apple.


Photo caption: Cal Poly student Juan Ortiz Salazar met with Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during Congressional Visit Days in Washington, D.C.