Donors play a critical role in bolstering CSU students to advance in their journeys of learning and discovery, and to achieve their academic goals—no matter their background or circumstance—by providing the holistic support that is foundational to their success. As the nation's largest and most diverse four-year public higher education institution, the California State University is a leader in providing an affordable, high-quality education to students from all walks of life. Donor support has been instrumental in meeting students' basic needs, ensuring their health and well-being and providing transformative opportunities for campus engagement that sustain their forward progress.
A gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Louise Shakarian reinforces Cal State Long Beach's position as a leader among universities in promoting student success and wellness. In addition to providing resources to enhance and expand existing campus student success programs, Shakarian's gift creates new services to support the academic progress, health and wellness of students with special needs. In recognition of the gift, the campus Student Success Center was named the Shakarian Family Student Success Center.
In one of the largest single donations ever made to San Diego State, a $15 million commitment from philanthropist Dianne L. Bashor will go toward the construction of a new stadium at San Diego State Mission Valley.
In addition to the multiple-use stadium, the gift will modernize SDSU Mission Valley and provide a 400-room hotel and a much-anticipated river park with more than 80 acres of public open space.
The field at the new Aztec Stadium was named Bashor Field in recognition of the first-time donor.
One of the nation's top beach volleyball programs has a new home, thanks to multiple donors' generosity.
The recently completed 35,000-square-foot Mustang Beach Volleyball Complex at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo features five regulation-size NCAA beach volleyball courts, seating for up to 250 spectators, a state-of-the-art LED video scoreboard positioned on the south side of Mott Athletics Center, lights and an outdoor shower.
Sixteen donors contributed a total of $2.55 million for the construction of the facility, which helps coaches recruit and develop top beach volleyball student-athletes and further cement the Cal Poly beach volleyball program among the most competitive in the NCAA.
Stepping up to provide critical resources to students in need, the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation donated $1 million to San Francisco State's Career Services & Leadership Development program and the HOPE Crisis Fund.
Career Services & Leadership Development offers students skills training and leadership development workshops, while the HOPE Crisis Fund provides emergency funding to students dealing with unexpected crises so that they can continue working toward their degrees.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the HOPE Crisis Fund has received more than 1,300 requests totaling $2.4 million from students in need.
Among the many students helped by the fund is Juthaporn Chaloeicheep, who had her work hours cut at a hospitality staffing agency during the COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult for her to pay rent, buy food and take care of her young son. The fund helped her to stay on track through her last semester and earn her bachelor's degree in liberal studies.