The 23 campuses of the California State University stand as beacons of inclusive excellence, where students receive a high-quality education from world-class faculty— much of which is driven by donor support.
Despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, donors are contributing historic amounts to our campuses, keeping vital funding for safe, sustainable, state-ofthe-art facilities for learning, research, creative expression and engagement.
Projects funded this year will ensure that CSU students have the world-class academic and social support needed to maintain progress toward their degrees, while providing a new and enduring source of pride for the communities we serve.
A new student union that will transform Fresno State's campus and provide important learning resources will be built, thanks to a $10 million gift from entrepreneurs Lynda and Stewart Resnick.
The largest student-life investment in Fresno State history, the Resnicks' gift supports the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Student Union, which will achieve LEED Gold-equivalent certification and will be noteworthy for its energy efficiencies.
The facility will serve as a hub for students, accommodating the campus' growing enrollment far into the future.
The Resnicks previously established Wonderful Education in 1994, which provides an agriculture-focused early college pathway and has awarded classroom grants across 165 schools, as well as a remarkable 2,350 college scholarships.
A portion of the Resnicks' most recent donation creates the Wonderful Scholar Center within the new student union, a dedicated space where scholarship recipients will receive tutoring and counseling from college-success specialists.
A donation of land in unincorporated Placer County from entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad will become the site of the Sacramento State Placer Center.
The 300-acre development will be a full-service employment, entertainment and education center, serving one of California's fastest-growing regions. It will have office and commercial space, along with state-of-the-art research facilities for faculty and students.
When completed, the Sacramento State Placer Center will accommodate as many as 500 full-time students.
CSU San Marcos has renamed its Foundation Classroom Buildings to the Viasat Engineering Pavilion, in acknowledgment of a $1.5 million pledge from the telecommunications firm Viasat and its employees.
The pledge is in line with the company's larger philanthropic priorities—promoting excellence in science, technology, engineering and math. Based in Carlsbad near the CSU San Marcos campus, Viasat made the gift to recognize the growing need for a diverse engineering workforce in north San Diego County.