The Fort Lewis College Foundation reported Tuesday that it has seen a 33 percent increase in fundraising contributions - from $1,901,032 to $2,534,202 - from June 30, 2008, to this year.
Colleges and universities around the state have seen a decrease in funding, but Fort Lewis was able to buck that trend and raise money despite the economy, the report said.
The foundation said the two main factors for an increase in the number of donors is more efficiency in foundation operations and a strategic approach to fundraising operations.
"Under the guidance of Executive Director Margie Deane Gray, (the foundation) has developed a sound strategic plan and is sticking to it," said James Foster, president of the foundation's board of directors.
The $633,170 the foundation raised will be used for student scholarships and campus projects.
The fundraising effort in the last five years has helped to more than double the payout of scholarships to students from $500,000 to $1.3 million. The foundation also has been able to raise
$4.5 million in a major campaign for the college's new student union building. The goal of the foundation has been to raise $5 million for the building, and $1 million contributions by the Ottens and Kresge Foundations have helped the foundation come just within reach, the report said.