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University Support

As the resource and support needs of the CSU and its campuses continue to evolve, strong university support is vital to our current and long-term success.

This year, powered by our incredible donors and leaders, the CSU welcomed new gifts and campaigns – and celebrated with several campuses for surpassing their giving goals.

Rising in the East: Cal State East Bay’s First Campaign Strikes Gold

Fresh off the inaugural year of its first-ever comprehensive campaign, Cal State East Bay has received more than half of its $60 million goal. Titled Rising in the East: The Campaign for Cal State East Bay, the cross-community effort will allow the university to gain prominence as a K-12 STEM education leader and extend the reach and impact of programs like the Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative.

Entering its second year, gifts to Rising in the East have already funded two endowed professorships, a faculty excellence fund, facility renovations and over $5.5 million in new student scholarships.

Alumnus Don B. Huntley Donates Pistachio Farm to Cal Poly Pomona

At a November 2016 ceremony, alumnus Don B. Huntley was recognized for his planned gift of a 475-acre pistachio farm to Cal Poly Pomona. To recognize this transformational gift and Don’s generous legacy, Cal Poly Pomona named the Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture in his honor.

A long-time champion of the university and its Learn by Doing ethos, Don has supported research and student scholarships, donated hundreds of pieces of art from his western art collection and funded the creation of an on-campus vineyard.

James M. Rosser Hall Naming Recognizes Legacy of Generous Leadership

Cal State LA dedicated James M. Rosser Hall, formerly known as Wing B of the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex, in April 2017 to honor the legacy of scientist, educator, philanthropist and president emeritus James M. Rosser. During his 34 years of leadership, Dr. Rosser transformed Cal State LA into a beacon of academic excellence and helped shape the city of Los Angeles into a model of diversity and inclusivity.

Faculty and Staff Giving Initiative Raises $130,000 for Cal State Bakersfield

For the second consecutive year, a faculty and staff giving initiative at Cal State Bakersfield raised more than $130,000 from the campus community, increasing awareness for the CSUB Foundation and highlighting the university’s most vital needs.

Crowdfunding Platform Creates New Fundraising Options at Humboldt State

A new crowdfunding platform launched at Humboldt State highlighted creative fundraising opportunities and engaged campus partners in successful fundraising initiatives. Four projects were tested in 2016-2017, including a successful $20,000 campaign to fund repairs on Humboldt State’s research vessel, the Coral Sea.

Tower Society Sends Chico State Gift Commitments to New Heights

Chico State’s focus to engage its alumni, parents and friends through the Tower Society provided the university with record support of more than $14 million in gift commitments.

Transform Tomorrow | The Campaign for Chico State passed the 50 percent mark in their efforts to raise $100 million by 2020. Progress was made in advancing the three campaign priorities of building cutting-edge facilities, empowering student success and investing in people.

Record-Breaking Campaign for SDSU Concludes With Gifts from Community Leaders

The record-breaking Campaign for SDSU concluded on June 30, 2017, with $815.17 million raised to increase the university’s endowment, ensure future growth, support current students and faculty, and enhance academic programming at San Diego State.

The campaign’s initial goal of $750 million was reached in October 2016, when San Diego Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler and his wife, Alexis – both SDSU alumni – made a $25 million matching gift to name the Fowler College of Business. SDSU then went on to raise an additional $65 million before the campaign came to a close on June 30, 2017.

In total, more than 74,000 donors contributed to The Campaign for SDSU, including 53,200 first-time donors. The university also received more than 211,000 individual gifts, including 140 gifts of $1 million and above. Faculty and staff giving amounted to more than 10 percent – $88 million – of the $815 million raised.

Campaign for CSUSB Makes Big Strides to Record Goal

Cal State San Bernardino raised over $9.2 million in philanthropic support for 2016-17, just a year after entering the public phase of the Campaign for CSUSB. This year’s philanthropic efforts saw longtime donors and new friends of CSUSB meeting the ever increasing need for support to the university’s most vulnerable students. By June 30, 2017, the university had already raised over $39 million – 78 percent – of the Campaign for CSUSB’s $50 million goal.

Moving Forward Together at Cal State San Marcos

With eighteen months remaining in its comprehensive campaign, Forward Together, Cal State San Marcos closed the 2016-2017 fiscal year reaching 76 percent toward its $50 million campaign goal. Since launching the campaign, Cal State San Marcos has more than doubled its average annual giving and extended its pipeline of support with multi-year pledges and deferred giving. This year, the university secured $4 million in planned gifts.