External support, a combination of philanthropic support and grants and
contracts revenue, exceeded $1.3 billion in 2004-05. This external support
represents more than $3,000 per student.
The CSU received private philanthropic support comparable to 11 percent of
the general fund allocation from the state of California.
Ninety-seven percent of all charitable gifts were designated by donors to
support specific university and student needs.
Giving from individuals surpassed $103 million, with nearly $64 million
contributed by friends of the university. Alumni provided more than $37 million
in support. Parents of current students contributed $2 million.
More than 116,000 alumni have joined alumni associations as members. These
association members contributed 57 percent of all charitable gifts received from alumni.