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Press Release Philanthropy

CSU Receives Record-Breaking $569 Million in Philanthropic Support


Donations for 2018-19 will support scholarships and academic success across the university.

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​​​​​​In 2018-2019, the California State University received $569 million in new gift commitments, including more than $370 million in gift receipts, with both figures surpassing previous all-time highs of $501 million and $339 million, respectively. Gifts were received from more than 268,000 individual donors—also the most ever.

Of all the charitable gifts for 2018-19, 98 percent are designated for current programs, endowments and capital projects at various CSU campuses.

“This record-setting philanthropic su​pport represents a forward-thinking investment in the CSU's capacity to drive California toward its brightest future and to create positive change in our communities," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “I offer my deepest thanks to our generous and visionary donors, who recognize the life-changing opportunities provided by a CSU degree."

Generous donations support students and power innovative academic programs and research by:

  • Supporting scholarships that empower thousands of students across the state to achieve their academic goals. This includes the new Aspiring Teacher Scholarship, which provides awards to more than 100 students at CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) and Fresno State to help address the shortfall of bilingual teachers in the Central Valley.

  • Enriching academic experiences beyond the classroom with hands-on student research opportunities

  • Bolstering programs that support student success, such as the Educational Opportunity Program and increasing enrollment for Native American students

  • Recognizing faculty excellence with awards that continue the success of innovative research, scholarship and equity-minded instruction

Philanthropic gifts also support programs that align with the CSU's larger strategic effort of Graduation Initiative 2025, which continues to demonstrate improved success measures for all students.

To learn more about how supporters and friends of the CSU contribute to the university mission, please visit the Donor Support 2018-19 website

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