The Power of Doing

Get an update on the fundraising campaign that will help Cal Poly bring Learn by Doing to future generations.

A graphic that reads "Campaign progress $645,238,551 of the $700,000,000 goal"

This past spring, Cal Poly announced The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing. It’s a comprehensive multiyear philanthropic campaign focused on raising $700 million by 2021 to power the future of Learn by Doing.

The university will use funds from the campaign to build state-of-the-art facilities, expand student-faculty research, and enhance project-based learning opportunities. Other goals include increasing scholarships like the Cal Poly Scholars program, which recruits high-achieving, low-income students from California high schools while providing support through financial, academic and community resources.

The campaign is already off to an historic start, as the 2018-19 fiscal year was the second-most successful fundraising year in Cal Poly history. Last year’s goal was to raise $80 million, but ultimately 15,604 individual donors gave more than $117 million. This includes two transformational gifts from separate anonymous donors, one for $50 million and one for $20 million.