2009-10 Philanthropic Annual Report

Overview of Philanthropic Support

Over the past three years, the California State University has averaged $357 million in gift commitments, including over $265 million designated in 2009-2010. Despite continued donor investment, giving to the CSU during 2009-2010 reflects the impact of the 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 almost $228 million—a 12.5 percent decrease from 2008-2009. 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 almost $141 million to enhance the margin of excellence in current university objectives:

  • $15.6 million for student scholarships
  • $43.9 million for academic programs
  • $9.9 million for applied research
  • $1.0 million for faculty compensation
  • $1.6 million for library operations
  • $14.5 million for athletics
  • $25.5 million for public service programs
  • $1.8 million for physical plant operations
  • $26.8 million for other university needs

To support the future capacity of the university, more than $19 million was contributed to build state-of-the-art libraries, technologically advanced laboratories, contemporary performing arts centers, and expanded athletic facilities. Additionally, donors added $50 million to university endowments, creating a lasting legacy of support. Fifty-three irrevocable deferred gifts accounted for $12 million in future support.

Of all charitable gifts received, 97 percent were designated to specific interests identified by the donor. Only $5.9 million received was unrestricted and available to be directed to the university’s most pressing needs.

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San Diego State University Library Benefits from $4 Million Pledge

Charles and Robin Luby are a San Diego couple who have been active volunteers over the past several decades, serving on the SDSU Alumni Association Board of Directors and supporting a number of campus committees. Mr. Luby, now retired from his career with General Atomics, received his bachelor’s (‘59) and master’s (‘64) degrees in chemistry from SDSU, and Mrs. Luby, a retired schoolteacher, also received her bachelor’s (‘61) degree in English from SDSU. At the Monty Awards event, which honors outstanding SDSU alumni for their contributions to the university, the region and the nation, the couple announced their $4 million commitment in support of the SDSU library. “We’re very much committed to making the university continue to be the best it can, and if there’s a way that we can help in what the goals are for the university, we’re going to do that,” Mrs. Luby said. The library is the most visited building on the SDSU campus, with outstanding book, journal and special collections. Library computers, printers, wireless connections, study rooms and media are in constant use. Around-the-clock hours and website access support a new generation of students.