2008-09 Annual Report on External Support to the CSU

Giving from Individuals

Individual Giving to the CSU
Individual Giving to the CSU
2006/07 $112 million
2007/08 $135 million
2008/09 $117 million

* Includes gifts from parents, faculty, staff, students
and friends of the university.

Gifts from individuals include giving from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university. In 2008-09, gift receipts from individuals decreased $18.5 million (or 14 percent) to $116.5 million.

The number of donors is a key indicator of success in attracting private support to the university. Despite the decrease in individual giving dollars received, the number of individuals giving to the CSU remained relatively stable, with 218,612 individual donors this year compared to 219,421 in 2006-07 and 221,410 in 2007-08.

In 2008-09, alumni donors made up 32 percent of individual donors and contributed over $44 million (or 38 percent of giving from individuals), with an average of $638 per gift. Alumni additionally supported the university with nearly $2 million in membership dues.

Dr. Charles Boyer, Dean (CAST) and Dee JordanWhen a retired CSU Fresno agriculture professor shared his enthusiasm for his college’s programs at a social gathering years ago, he never suspected that the result would be a $29 million cash gift from Hanabul “Bud” Jordan, his wife, Dee, and his brother, Lowell.

The Jordan family is from the East Bay, where Bud owned and operated a construction business headquartered in Hayward and where Lowell lived on the family ranch in Dublin, tending to the family’s cattle.

The Jordan family gift will be used for research and facilities for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (CAST). “This incredible gift will fund projects that the college had only just dreamed of,” President John Welty said. “It’s a rare and wonderful opportunity to make a profound impact on the college. We know we have outstanding, world-class agriculture programs. This gift will definitely establish Fresno State as the university of choice for top agriculture students.”