CSU donations hit record $172.3 million for fiscal year

FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University announced on Tuesday that private donations to the Fort Collins campus from alumni and other sources hit $172.3 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, breaking a record for the fourth year in a row.

At a time when private donations to the school continue to exceed support from the state, CSU saw its best-ever alumni participation at 10.34 percent. The latest total exceeded the previous year’s record mark of $143.3 million by nearly $30 million.

The largest donation was a $42.5 million gift from John and Leslie Malone to create a new center for the study of regenerative medical therapies for animals and people within the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The year’s total also included $10 million — including $5 million from Bob and Kitty Wilson on behalf of Columbine Health Systems and $5 million from UCHealth — toward construction of a new $59 million medical center on campus.

The donated funds provide resources for scholarships, academic programs, research, athletics, outreach and construction.

“We are exceedingly grateful to all the alumni and friends who came forward this year to support our university and its mission to serve Colorado and the world,” CSU president Tony Frank said in a prepared statement. “The generosity and vision of our donors helps Colorado State reach for new heights, break new ground in teaching research, and create an even better environment for learning and discovery.”