2008-09 Annual Report on External Support to the CSU
2008-09 Annual Report on External Support to the CSU

Overview of External Support

Over the past three years, the California State University has averaged $378 million in gift commitments, including over $366 million designated in 2008-09. Donors continued to invest in student success
and academic excellence despite a prolonged recession.

Gift commitments include new gifts, pledges and testamentary provisions recorded during the period. This accrual method of reporting reflects the hard work of academic leaders, professional fundraising staff and countless volunteers who assist in the CSU’s fundraising success.

Charitable gift receipts, a combination of new gifts and pledge payments, totaled greater than $260 million—a mere 1 percent decrease from 2007-08. This cash method of reporting indicates resources that have been received and invested in the CSU’s students, faculty and programs.

Within these gift receipts, the CSU received $173 million to enhance the margin of excellence in current university objectives:

  • $15.2 million for student scholarships
  • $77.2 million for academic programs
  • $9.6 million for applied research
  • $2.5 million for faculty compensation
  • $1.6 million for library operations
  • $14.4 million for athletics
  • $23.8 million for public service programs
  • $1.9 million for physical plant operations
  • $26.7 million for other university needs

To support the future capacity of the university, almost $25 million was contributed to build state-of-the-art libraries, technologically advanced laboratories, contemporary performing arts centers, and expanded athletic facilities. Additionally, donors added $39 million to university endowments, creating a lasting legacy of support. Irrevocable deferred gifts accounted for just about $17 million in future support.

Of all charitable gifts received, 98 percent were designated to specific interests identified by the donor. Only $6.5 million received was unrestricted and available to be directed to the university’s most pressing needs.

In addition to charitable support, the university received over $1.5 billion in operating grants and contracts revenue. This included $268.5 million in one-time stimulus funds from the 2009 Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Federal grants reported include student financial aid of $423 million in Pell Grants, $11.5 million in State Educational Opportunity Grants, and $16 million for work study programs.