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Bill Bright (right) receives the Templeton Prize, 1996

Founded in 1951 at the University of California, Los Angeles by Bill Bright as a ministry for university students.<ref name ="NYT Obituary"/>

1972: EXPLO '72, a conference featuring evangelism and discipleship training, premiers in Dallas with 80,000 in attendance.

1974: EXPLO '74 premiers in Seoul, Korea, training 300,000 in evangelism and discipleship.

1976: Launched a $1 million advertising campaign that featured ads and bumper stickers saying "I Found It!"<ref name="LeaveSouthland"/> along with an 800-number.<ref name="NYT Templeton">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

1996: Bill Bright is awarded the $1.1 million Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, and donates the money to promote the spiritual benefits of fasting and prayer.<ref name="NYT Templeton"/>

2001: Bill Bright stepped down as leader of the organization and Rev. Steve Douglass would become president.<ref name ="NYT Obituary"/>

The New York Times reported in 2011 that Cru has 25,000 missionaries in 191 countries.<ref name = "NYT name change"/>

On July 19, 2011, it was announced that Campus Crusade for Christ in the United States was changing its name to Cru in order to overcome existing barriers and perceptions inherent in the original name.<ref name = "NYT name change"/>

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