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Public Benefit

Since our founding in 1857, the CSU has served the people of California and strives to fulfill our public mission to build a shared future through accessible, affordable and quality higher education. A century-and-a-half later, we’re more committed to our communities, regions and state than ever before.

Through the dedication and contributions of our donors, champions and partners, the CSU and its campuses are building strong and inclusive communities across the Golden State.

Bechtel Foundation Grants Support CSU Teacher Prep Efforts

The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation provided grants to 11 CSU campuses – totaling more than $10 million – to further expand the CSU’s New Generation of Educators Initiative. The grants will be used to broaden practice-based training to support new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards. For more than a century, the CSU has led teacher training in the state, conferring the largest number of education degrees and multi-subject credentials to California’s teachers.

Humboldt Alumna’s Bequest Boosts Future Teachers

Humboldt State alumna Alice Whitson left a $678,947 bequest to support future teachers. As the CSU and HSU work to reduce California’s critical teacher shortage, Whitson’s bequest will enhance the university’s Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential Program. A lifelong teacher, Alice attributed her success to the education she received at Humboldt State.

Gift Supports Computer Science, STEM Education in Salinas Valley

The Sally Hughes Church Foundation, which supports youth in the Salinas Valley, provided a $100,000 gift to Cal State Monterey Bay in support of its Communication Design program. The gift from the Sally Hughes Church Foundation provided funds to purchase new, state-of-the-art equipment in support of CSUMB’s trailblazing efforts to ensure that students from underserved communities have access to computer science and STEM education.

Claire Giannini Fund Provides Support to Teacher Pathway Program

The Claire Giannini Fund provided over $80,000 in support of the South County Teacher Pathway Program at Cal State Monterey Bay. Based in the university’s College of Education, the program is a collaboration between CSUMB and Hartnell Community College to relieve the high demand for high-quality, prepared teachers in the region.

The Giannini Fund grant provides iPads for students to increase their technological skills and supports faculty and local programming. The goal of the program – and the Giannini Fund grant – is to remove unnecessary barriers and further enable students to complete their teaching credential within five years.

Stuart Foundation Grant Creates Opportunity through Art

Cal State San Marcos professor of music, Dr. Merryl Goldberg, is on a mission to change public perception of the arts. With the help of a $200,000 grant from the Stuart Foundation, Dr. Goldberg and the university are able to fund the research-based initiative, ARTS=OPPORTUNITY, which focuses on improving K-12 arts literacy. Cal State San Marcos is one of only three organizations in California awarded the prestigious Stuart Foundation grant.

Chevron Supports STEM Education

California-based Chevron Corporation, a longtime supporter and partner of the CSU and its academic and research mission, provided a grant to expand the university’s pioneering initiatives that integrate engineering design into K-12 teacher preparation. Since 2014, Chevron has contributed $1.75 million to the CSU to improve STEM education and teacher preparation.

Chevron also contributed $250,000 to Cal State East Bay in support of its Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program. MESA, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students in the East Bay region so they excel in STEM and graduate with math-based degrees.

Anonymous Gift Provides Much-Needed Health Services to Fresno Community

A $125,000 anonymous gift to the Fresno State College of Health and Human Services Mobile Health Unit Program will provide much-needed health services to underserved individuals in the region. Designed to alleviate a shortage of primary care providers in the area while providing hands-on training for nursing students, the mobile unit travels around Fresno and surrounding rural communities each week, providing free education and screenings for heart and lung health.

CSUB, Dignity Health Partners in Vital Healthcare Access for Kern County

To help prepare more critically-needed Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) in Kern County, Dignity Health made a $450,000, three-year contribution to Cal State Bakersfield. FNP students at CSUB will be educated through the university’s Department of Nursing, the most-established program in the region for developing nurses and nurse practitioners. More than simply preparing students for a future in their desired field, this contribution to the program supports a larger effort of service to others in the community.

AT&T, Fremont Bank Gifts Further Hayward Promise

The Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative, led by Cal State East Bay, received two major gifts to help further its efforts to improve the lives and academics of more than 11,000 residents and 6,000 students in the ethnically diverse, low-income Jackson Triangle neighborhood. AT&T made a $500,000 gift – as part of its Aspire Connect to Success Competition – in support of the initiative. To date, AT&T has contributed over $750,000 to the initiative in the last three years.

Cal State East Bay also received a generous $300,000 gift from Fremont Bank in support of the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative. Fremont Bank’s gift will also support a new greenspace area in front of the university’s Student Administration Building.

Harold K. Brown Collection Documents Civil Rights Movement, African American Experience in San Diego

San Diego State established the Harold K. Brown Civil Rights and African American Experience Collection, which preserves historical photographs, documents and oral accounts essential to understanding the African American experience in San Diego and the United States.

The new collection is named in honor of Harold K. Brown, an esteemed alumnus, honorary degree recipient and the first African American administrator in the history of San Diego State. Brown, who first began his relationship with the university as a student in 1953, gifted the SDSU Library with correspondence, newspaper clippings, and audio and video assets connected with the civil rights movement in San Diego.

Mr. Brown also co-founded and chaired the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality in 1961. Despite being arrested and jailed for protesting discriminatory hiring, he continued to challenge unfair employment and housing practices by organizing demonstrations and sit-ins throughout San Diego. His oral histories have been recorded by the Civil Rights Oral History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.