A Portal to Tomorrow

Mary Curran"I believe that we will win," the trademark rallying cry of Aztec basketball fans, could also be the slogan of repeat donors to The Campaign for SDSU.

First-time donors give for any number of reasons, but those who make multiple gifts do so because they've observed the campaign's positive impact on student achievement, faculty research and campus initiatives like leadership programming.

That's the case with several donors who recently increased the planned gifts they made early in the campaign. Planned gifts, or legacy gifts, build the university's endowment, a key to growth.

Mary Curran, '82, a board member of SDSU's philanthropic auxiliary, the Campanile Foundation, said she was impressed by the university's "rapid progress in elevating itself" among public research institutions.

"I became more involved and more invested in SDSU's success," she said. "With 290,000 alumni, many of whom live in San Diego, the school plays a critical role in the success and health of the region."

Curran received her MBA from SDSU and joined Union Bank after seven years with Bank of America. Before retiring as executive vice president with Union Bank, Curran also helped arrange a large gift to SDSU from her employer.

Curran's personal philanthropy is in the form of annual gifts as well as a legacy gift, which will build the university's endowment, a key to future growth. She supports athletics, the Fowler College of Business Administration and the Guardian Scholars program. The latter provides full support for students who've experienced homelessness or have been part of the foster system.

As a TCF board member, Curran takes on the responsibility of advocating for SDSU with friends, other alumni and the San Diego community. In addition to her service as a TCF board member, she has been a mentor and a judge for SDSU's Venture Challenge competition, organized yearly by what is now the Lavin Entrepreneurship Center.

"The board is an amazingly committed group," Curran said. "We tell the university's story, and we're passionate about it. We're passionate about the future of SDSU."