Challenge: Design a fundraising strategy for Colorado State University (CSU) Spur, opening in Denver this January, that builds on existing work with their campuses, creates clear processes and policies, and identifies potential funding sources for their various public-facing outreach and educational programs.
Gimme More: The fundraising plan will create long-term strategies and structure, will help align development efforts across all three CSU campuses (CSU, CSU Pueblo, and CSU Global) to maximize efficiency, will put transparent policies and procedures in place, and will leverage this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with donors for the Spur campus. Funding will ultimately support programs designed to engage young people in topics and careers in STEM and the arts, and inspire Spur visitors to apply their talents to global challenges in food, water, health, and sustainability.
Mentor: Jocelyn Hittle
Bio: Jocelyn Hittle is the assistant vice chancellor for the Colorado State University System’s emerging Spur campus, part of the north Denver redevelopment of the National Western Center. She oversees the design, construction, and program development of the new campus, which focuses on inspiring life-long learners around topics of food, water, health, and sustainability. Previously, Jocelyn worked as the associate director of PlaceMatters and with the Orton Family Foundation. Jocelyn sits on the board of Groundwork Denver and on the Coors Western Art Advisory Committee, and she is part of the Urban Land Institute Sustainable Development Council and Colorado ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative. She has a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton, an MBA from Colorado State University, and a master’s in environmental management from Yale’s Environment School.