With more than 405,000 students on 23 campuses, the
California State University is the largest university in the United States and has
an extremely significant impact on the economy of the state and the regions where
its campuses are located. The CSU prepares more than half of the graduates entering
the workforce in all of California’s leading industries and about 80 percent of the
graduates that serve the people of California, such as teachers and nurses.
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. Philanthropic support helps promote student
success, improve instructional facilities and advance applied research. In 2004-05,
donors committed more than $285 million in gifts, pledges and testamentary provisions
to expand the margin of excellence that is achieved beyond the state’s investment.
Recognizing the needs of a growing student population, alumni and friends provided
more than $30 million for student scholarships and invested more than $37 million
to build technologically advanced libraries, laboratories and classrooms. Additionally,
academic programs and faculty support garnered $62 million in contributions.
Looking to the future viability of the CSU, donors added more than $42 million to
university endowments, creating a lasting legacy of support. Of all charitable gifts
received, 97 percent were designated to specific interests identified by the donor.
In addition to charitable support, the university received more than $1 billion
in operating grants and contracts revenue. Of the nearly $688 million received from
federal grants, more than 50 percent was dedicated to student financial assistance
in the form of Pell, Supplemental Educational Opportunity and Work Study grants.
This support helps the university open access to a broad student population.
We are grateful for the support of individuals, corporations and foundations who
understand that investing in the California State University and its students has
an enormous impact on California’s social, economic and cultural prosperity.