In five short years, Giving Tuesday — held annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving — has become an international movement that celebrates and supports the best spirit of the holiday season: giving and philanthropy for those in need.

The California State University is especially grateful and proud of the myriad ways in which our alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, champions, supporters, and friends have given regularly in support of our students, values and mission. In fact, giving to the CSU reached a record half a billion dollars in 2016-17.

"When you choose to contribute to the California State University, you give our students access to personal transformation and the opportunity to make a lasting impact in our communities," says Lori A. Redfearn, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Systemwide Advancement at the Chancellor's Office, in Long Beach.

Today, November 28, campuses across the CSU will host events and campaigns to promote and support the diverse programs, people and impact of the university. Here are just a few of the ways your donation can help students:

Chancellor's Office

The CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement is the signature scholarship award given every September to one CSU student from each campus. These students have demonstrated superior academic performance and exemplary community service in addition to overcoming significant personal hardship.

Give now to the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.

CSU Chico

Support the Chico State Basic Needs Project, which addresses student food and housing insecurity; donate to your favorite Wildcat athletes; or give to the Miles for Teaching Fund, which provides gas money to student teachers commuting miles to rural schools. Several Tower Society leadership donors are providing matching gifts, too.

Give now to the Chico State Basic Needs Project.

CSU East Bay

Pioneers for H.O.P.E (Helping Our Pioneers Excel) serves students facing homelessness, food insecurity, and other crises. Services range from offering daily essentials such as food and hygiene kits for men and women to providing emergency housing and financial assistance. "This program aims to … do our best to build a sustainable program that will end these insecurities within our campus community," says Alex Baker, case management coordinator at H.O.P.E.

He notes, too, that a little goes a long way: "If you cannot donate a lot, that is fine, because everything helps. We have been running a 'change for change' campaign with H.O.P.E. piggy banks that every staff and faculty member has, and we collect change and donate it to the program and it helps out tremendously."

Give now to Pioneers for H.O.P.E.

CSU Fullerton

Donations will be matched up to $10,000 to support the Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies (SAFE), which helps students who cope with hunger and homelessness. SAFE provides meal vouchers and temporary housing assistance, emergency funds, and an app that shows students where they can get excess or donated food from on-campus events and locations. Titan Athletics, CSUF Associated Students Inc., Auxiliary Services Corporation, Student Housing, Student Affairs, Information Technology and Aramark will match donations.

Give now to SAFE.

CSU San Bernardino

Campus President Tomás D. Morales will match any Giving Tuesday donations to the school dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000.

Give now to CSU San Bernardino from your mobile phone.  

Sonoma State

Help grow the SSU Fire Relief Fund to assist the many victims at Sonoma State affected by this year's wildfires; donate to make it easier for students to buy books through "Wolfbucks for Books"; or contribute to the Heart of SSU Alumni Scholarship. 

Give now to Sonoma State.

Stanislaus State

Boost the crowdfunding campaign for the Stan State Campus Cares Food Insecurity Fund. Stanislaus State is will also contribute 50 percent of the Campus Cares donations collected from October 16 through December 31, 2017, to the Sonoma Fire Victims Fund to help our sister campus in Sonoma.

Give now to Stanislaus State.