The California State University
is the leader in providing a high-quality, affordable higher education to
meet the ever-changing needs of California. While the CSU depends on state
funds to support many core educational functions, the university
increasingly relies on the generosity of private donors to enhance the
teaching and learning experience.
External support helps our universities open access to a broad and diverse
student population, build technologically advanced libraries and classrooms,
and support innovative teaching models and partnerships. In 2003-2004,
donors committed more than $283 million in new gifts, new pledges and
new testamentary provisions in support of these efforts. This new
philanthropic activity builds a pipeline of support that helps the CSU
have enormous impact on California’s economic, social and cultural
Recognizing the needs of a growing student population, alumni and friends
provided more than $13 million for student scholarships and invested more
than $51 million to enhance the physical space required to serve the
CSU’s 409,000 students on its 23 campuses. Additionally, faculty garnered
$52 million in support to help prepare the job-ready graduates that are
criticalto the state’s knowledge-based economy.
Looking to the future viability of the CSU, donors committed nearly $39
million to university endowments, creating a lasting legacy of support.
Of all charitable gifts received, 97 percentwere designated to specific
interests identified by the donor.
In addition to charitable support, the CSU received more than $1 billion
in operating grants and contracts revenue. Federal grants exceeding $684
million included student financial assistance grants such as Pell,
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and Work Study.
A college education goes beyond the classroom. A college education is
about the infinite possibilities that can transform a person’s life. We
are grateful for the support of individuals, corporations and foundations
who understand that the California State University is about changing
lives, but it is also about changing the state and the state of things.