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Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and other charitable organizations.

  • Retired Professor Opens Math Teachers Fund Through Planned Giving
    Velma Merriline Smith's hands were shaking long before she was officially diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016. Smith, a math professor at Cal Poly Pomona for more than three decades, made sure her students...
  • Alumni Bequest Supports Rose Float
    Dale, Class of '77 & Tina, Class of '85 Wong met at Cal Poly Pomona while building the Rose Float. That was in 1979 when Tina was a Freshman. Dale was a Grad Student and the Assistant Electronics Chairman...
  • Alumna Makes Bequest to Huntley College of Agriculture
    Ann Gregg graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1980 and majored in Ornamental Horticulture She worked at the Ornamental Horticulture Production Unit as the Landscape Forman. As a commuter student, Ann...
  • Alumnus Making Bequests to Cal Poly Pomona
    I recently chatted with Ken Simmons, Class of 1972, and member of the Kellogg Voorhis Legacy Society. I asked what has inspired him to make a bequest to Cal Poly Pomona. Here are some of his comments...
  • Philanthropic Purpose: Rundback Supports Student Success
    Carol Nevin Rundback does not measure her contributions to Cal Poly Pomona based on the dollar amount she gives. The value of her gifts come from the success of students who have received her work-study stipends and...
  • Sue & Steve Hess Pay it Forward
    Both retired industry professionals and donors to the college for more than three decades, husband and wife Steve ('76, mechanical engineering) and Sue Hess, who earned her bachelor's in math at UC Riverside in 1975, have pledged...
  • Alumnus and Wife Find Joy in Supporting the Programs They Love
    Donations are often as unique as the individuals who give them. That's certainly true for Gerald and Cybel Maio, who recently pledged a generous estate gift to support Cal Poly Pomona in two very different ways.
  • Patrons of Modern Architecture Secure a Legacy of Learning
    Not many people had a math class like the one Steve Dodge took in high school - the kind that connected numbers and design, sparking a lifelong appreciation of modern architecture.