The CSU received almost $238 million in donations in
2002-03. An additional $64 million in future charitable
support was committed through pledges and testimentary
In addition to philanthropic gifts, the CSU campuses
raised additional funds through special revenue from
sources such as sponsored grants and contracts, bringing
total external support to nearly $841 million.
Corporations, Foundations, and
The CSU is raising about one dollar from external funding
for every three dollars of state support. The $841 million
raised by the campuses also exceeds the $738 million
the CSU collected from student fees in 2002-03.
Some $25 million of philanthropic support funding went
to student aid and to build scholarship endowments.
In the early 1990s, the CSU trustees encouraged campuses
to increase their efforts in fundraising. As a result,
voluntary support has climbed steadily in the last decade.
During that time, private donations to the CSU have
exceeded $2 billion, and all external support has totaled
more than $7 billion.