Philanthropic Support
$311 MILLION in charitablegift receipts

Private support is critical to the CSU’s success. This past year, our charitable gift commitments were the highest ever in CSU history. This support represents an essential investment in the future as we prepare the engineers, artists, healthcare workers, teachers, entrepreneurs and scientists of tomorrow. The impact of philanthropy at the CSU is both meaningful to the student who otherwise might not be able to attend the university and to the social and economic prosperity of California.

In 201​​​5-16:

  • Ch​aritable gift commitments reached a new high of nearly $489 million.
  • Gifts from individuals totaled $166.9 million.
  • Individual donors increased to an all-time high of 242,057, an increase of nearly 11,000 over the prior year.
  • Alumni donors increased by 5,500 compared to the prior year. Gifts from alumni made up 38 percent of individual giving, with $62.7 million in contributions.
  • Gifts from organizations totaled $144.3 million, including $68.4 million from foundations.
  • $55.2 million from corporations, including 2,976 matching gifts, were received.
  • Donors contributed more than $311 million in charitable gift receipts—cash, securities, in-kind contributions, irrevocable future commitments and private charitable grants.
  • Total endowment market value reached $1.4 billion systemwide.​
23 California State University Campuses

Auxiliary Organizations​

Auxiliary organizations are entrepreneurial and serviceoriented, providing a wide array of support services, programs and facilities that further the educational mission of the CSU. Approximately 90 self-supporting auxiliary organizations operate without State General Fund money and are organized on each campus as separate legal entities.

In 2015-16:

  • Aux​iliaries managed $4.1 billion, representing 23 percent of the CSU’s $17.5 billion combined total assets.
  • Auxiliary revenues reached $1.8 billion, representing 18 percent of the $9.7 billion combined total revenues.
  • Auxiliaries managed $547 million, representing 23 percent of the $2.4 billion combined total contracts and grants revenues.

CSU auxiliary organizations fund many student co-curricular activities, administer research programs, fundraise, operate student unions, offer recreational programs, coordinate commercial enterprises and develop public-private partnerships on behalf of the university. For more information about CSU auxiliaries, visit auxiliary.calstate.edu.