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AUDIO: "It Starts with State" fundraising total released


SIOUX FALLS , S.D. (KELO AM) - The total raised through “It Starts with State,” the largest higher-education fundraiser in state history, has reached over 224.8 million-dollars.

     Vice President for Development for the SDSU Foundation Keith Mahlum says the goal was to raise 200 million dollars over six years.

     Mahlum says every corner of the Brookings’ campus has benefited from the generosity of donors.  He says scholarships are extremely important to attracting and retaining the best students possible.  It's also important that faculty members have the resources they need to teach students and do research on the Brookings' campus.        

     Mahlum says almost 23-thousand individual donors contributed to the campaign and over 7-thousand of those donated for the first time.