Small campaigns on CSU campuses led the university’s fundraising efforts. These campaigns vary in application and intent, but are united in their overall mission to build capacities for excellence, connect people and communities, and provide holistic approaches to university support.
A newly-opened planetarium at California State University, Sacramento has enjoyed broad community support through the “Seat Under the Stars” campaign, where a $1,000 donation to support the building’s operations earns the donor’s name permanently affixed on the back of one of the building's 120 seats. The centerpiece of the new Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex, the planetarium offers high-definition 360-degree tours of the solar system. It will serve Sac State’s students and faculty as well as the community at large, welcoming schoolchildren and hosting stargazing shows and presentations on topics from astronomy to history.
Matching donations from a longtime friend and benefactor of California State University San Marcos have propelled the annual Giving Day fundraiser to new heights. Thanks in large part to CSUSM Foundation Board Member Jack Raymond’s commitment to doubling individual gifts, the university’s Giving Day achieved unprecedented success in 2018, with nearly 1,500 gifts made in a 24-hour period. In total, the university raised $448,955 on Tuesday, November 27, 2018—an astounding increase of 2,877 percent over the inaugural Giving Day just three years earlier.
A cadre of parents has pooled its efforts to establish California State University Maritime Academy’s first-ever parent fundraising committee. Motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the quality of life for cadets, the parents dedicated their efforts to create a more inviting and comfortable waterfront. Anticipated enhancements include providing additional shade, comfortable seating, installation of power and lighting and the extension of existing walking paths.
A $220,000 gift from the Dr. Richard Grossman Community Foundation will allow students at California State University Channel Islands to benefit from therapy and service dogs. The donation will fund two campus therapy dogs, along with five individual service dogs for student veterans with post-traumatic stress. “Doc,” the first campus therapy dog, arrived on campus in October 2018 to help relieve students’ stress about things like studies and exams. But after the Borderline bar shooting and fires that caused campus evacuations, Doc’s responsibilities multiplied and a calendar was created so that students could sign up to walk him.
A bronze statue honoring a longtime California State University Maritime Academy faculty member and master of the Training Ship Golden Bear now stands in the university’s Alumni Plaza, thanks to donor Capt. Greg Turner of the class of 1972. The bronze statue, created by noted sculptor Jim Callahan and titled “The Navigator,” honors Capt. William Aguilar, class of 1934.