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CSI's Successful Major Gifts Campaign - a "Ringing Endorsement" of a Valued Community Asset

Twin Falls, ID

"Good causes always go begging in hard times - almost always. But not the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) Foundation's drive for scholarships," notes the Times-News MagicValley.com in an editorial published August 19, 2010. The editorial applauds the CSI Foundation for its successful major gifts campaign that raised $10.25 million in 18 months, adding that these efforts are particularly "remarkable" given the fact that the campaign began in 2009 just as the recession was hitting south-central Idaho's economy hard.

The editorial credits this success to all CSI does for its students and the community, specifically touching on the Foundation and College's contributions to student scholarship support and economic development and their value to CSI's eight-county service area.

This commitment to the community led to an overwhelming response to the College's major gifts campaign. CSI Foundation Executive Director and Campaign Manager, Curtis Eaton, explained that very few folks whom College fundraisers pitched to said 'no.' "Some people said, 'Come back later, and we'll see if we can do more.'" The response surpassed the Foundation's initial target of $7 to $9 million.

Funds raised during the campaign will go toward scholarships that will enable the College to increase accessibility.

Curtis Eaton commented, "We live in a very generous community that recognizes the value of education. The guidance we received from Ray Clements contributed to the success of the campaign and was personally rewarding to everyone who worked with him."

The Clements Group conducted a feasibility study for College of Southern Idaho in 2007 and Ray Clements, CG CEO and Managing Member, served as campaign counsel for their Building Our Futures Together major gifts campaign. For additional information contact Curtis Eaton, Executive Director, College of Southern Idaho Foundation at ceaton@csi.edu.


September 2010