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History of The Campanile Foundation

The Foundation takes its name from the landmark tower or campanile on the northwest corner of the original campus quad completed in 1931. Though reminiscent of a Mediterranean church tower, it did not hold bells originally, but was used to camouflage a 5,000-gallon water tank. In 1946, Senator and Mrs. Ed Fletcher donated chimes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the university and memorialize all SDSU students lost in war.

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A Valuable Campus Partner

In 1999, The Campanile Foundation incorporated as a philanthropic tax-exempt foundation and an official auxiliary of San Diego State. This move meant that the Foundation would play an important role in SDSU's long-term strategy and institutional commitment to increase private funding. To accomplish this goal, The Campanile Foundation and the SDSU Research Foundation have created an operating alliance to implement this philanthropic strategy in the most effective manner.

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Board Leadership

Providing leadership to The Campanile Foundation is a board of directors made up of highly qualified civic and business leaders. Activities and affairs of the foundation are conducted under the direction of the board. SDSU is fortunate for the gifts of time, talent and treasure offered by its directors, many of whom are alumni.

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