2009 Facts About the CSU

Parent and student at Graduation

External Funding

In 2007-08, the CSU received nearly $442 million in philanthropic support. This voluntary support includes gifts and pledges from alumni, parents, other individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. CSU campuses also raised additional funds through operating grants and contracts totaling more than $1.1 billion. Total external funding for the CSU was over $1.6 billion in 2007-08.

Selected Sources of Gifts
 Alumni & Parents $52 million
 Other Individuals $83 million
 Corporations, Foundations, Others $128 million
 Local, State & Federal Government Funding $1.1 billion

The CSU is raising about one dollar from external funding for every three dollars of state support. The $1.6 billion raised by the campuses exceeded the total from student fees collected by the CSU in 2007-08.

In the early 1990s, the CSU Trustees encouraged campuses to increase fundraising efforts. Since then, voluntary support has grown steadily, alumni association membership has reached 165,000, and campus endowments have grown to $854 million.