About University Advancement
University Advancement consists of the Office of Development, MSU Denver Foundation, and Office of Alumni Relations. Its mission is to inspire impactful and innovative investments to support the mission of Metropolitan State University of Denver as it transforms lives, communities and higher education. Together these three divisions work to secure private gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations, while engaging alumni, donors and friends of the University through various campus and community activities. Whether your affinity is for student scholarships, capital projects, program support or any number of areas across MSU Denver, we will work with you to ensure your contribution meets your philanthropic goals.
Office of Development
The Office of Development leads MSU Denver’s efforts to secure private financial support for the University’s academic, cultural and community partnerships. Serving as liaisons between MSU Denver and its benefactors, staff members promote the University's strategic initiatives and priorities and identify individuals, corporations and foundations that can help the University achieve its goals.
MSU Denver Foundation
The MSU Denver Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit, direct-support corporation. Its mission is to promote the development and general welfare of the University by receiving, investing and administering private support.
The Foundation was originally established in 1965 to purchase a house for the first president of the University. In its early years, the Foundation functioned with informal bylaws and meetings "as needed." Following a period of dormancy during the 1970s, the Foundation resurfaced and developed the first set of formal bylaws.
In 1986, the Foundation began to define itself as an organization dedicated to promoting the University in the community and to raise funds for University departments, programs, and student scholarships. Each successive board has moved the Foundation toward greater prominence in University activities and within the Denver community. As the University has matured, so has the Foundation. Although it began as a board composed primarily of University alumni, the Foundation has grown to include community leaders, heads of foundations and CEOs from the most celebrated businesses in Colorado.
The Office of Alumni Relations engages MSU Denver alumni in a variety of ways and provides staff support for the Alumni Association. Staff members plan alumni social and networking events; design educational offerings; communicate and consult with chapter leaders; help to facilitate the creation of newsletters, calendars, invitations, surveys and other materials; and provide continual and creative ways for alumni to stay connected with MSU Denver.