Campus: CSU East Bay -- November 7, 2005
A Record-Breaking Year for Private Support
A record $8.2 million in private support was raised by California State University, East
Bay during the last fiscal year, more than three times the amount raised the previous year.
The total raised as of June 30, 2005 reflected gifts, pledges and private grants from
corporations, foundations and nearly 2,000 individuals, including more than 1,300 alumni.
In addition to the 44 percent increase in gifts and commitments, the university also
reported receiving bequest intentions currently valued at more than $2.5 million.
Gift receipts, which are gifts and payments on prior year pledges, were more than double
the previous year's total.
"One of the most exciting things about this record level of giving is that it comes from so
many different sources," said university President Norma Rees. "It demonstrates that there
is broad and growing support for developing Cal State East Bay as a truly regional
university. Now, our challenge is to build on this momentum."
"Private giving is an important element in the university's future," said Bob Burt, vice
president for University Advancement, the principal fund-raising office of for Cal State
East Bay. "We can't rely on the state budget to meet all of our needs for scholarships,
technology, new buildings and upgraded classrooms and laboratories."
The largest gifts helped complete the fund-raising campaign for the Wayne and Gladys Valley
Business and Technology Center, now under construction and scheduled to open in the fall
of 2006. The Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation contributed $5 million toward the 67,000
square-foot, $27.7 million project, and the Kresge Foundation added a $600,000 challenge
One of the elements contributing to the record-breaking year was the launch of a secure Web
site enabling donors to make contributions using their credit cards at the "Make a Gift"
link on the home page of virtually every academic department at the university. The main
Web link is "Giving to CSUEB" and is located on the university home page at
As the Business and Technology Center campaign neared completion last year, President Rees
launched a university-wide dialogue that led her to select new fund-raising priorities. The
university is now focusing its fund-raising efforts on increasing contributions for
scholarships, math and science education and research, facilities and technology, and the
Cal State East Bay Leadership Fund. The Leadership Fund receives all unrestricted gifts
supporting the university and its departments and programs.
"With these new priorities now in place we can demonstrate to corporations, foundations,
friends of the university, and our 90,000 alumni that the university has set a precise
course for its future development," said Tim Silva, chair of the Cal State East Bay
Educational Foundation. The foundation works in partnership with University Advancement to
oversee private giving to Cal State East Bay and the investment of its endowment funds.
"We look at this record-breaking year as a starting point," Silva said. "The new fund-raising
priorities will help us build on this success."
Contact: Kim Huggett, Dir. of Public Affairs, (510) 885-2032, or Barry
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