The CU Foundation is an independent, nonprofit foundation whose sole mission is to support the people, places and programs of the University of Colorado’s four campuses. Having an independent, nonprofit foundation results in greater fundraising efficiencies and benefits for the University by assuring proper stewardship of private gifts, managing assets strategically, engaging volunteers as informed advocates, and ensuring confidentiality of donor records.
The State of Colorado provides less than 6 percent of the University’s operating budget, down from 25 percent in 1990, so private support is more important than ever.
How are gifts spent?
Can donors choose where their gifts go?
Who does the CU Foundation solicit?
The Annual Giving program is focused on gifts of all sizes, small or large, and is executed via a call center; mailings; and occasional broadcast emails. The Annual Giving program reaches out to alumni, donors, and parents of CU-Boulder students. “Friends” (individuals who are not alumni or CU-Boulder parents) are not solicited by the Annual Giving program.
However, if a friend of the university attends selected university events, or is otherwise approached for a gift on an individual basis, they may be contacted directly by a CU Foundation development officer.