​​The California State University continues to reach new heights of philanthropic support. History-making generosity through the past year broke previous records, affirming donors’ lasting confidence in the CSU’s ability to transform lives, families and communities.

In 2019-20, the university received more than $641 million in gift commitments and $408 million in gift receipts. Both totals mark fundraising records that were set, in part, by multiyear campus comprehensive campaigns closing in the last fiscal year. Rising in the East at Cal State East Bay, BOLD Thinking at San Francisco State and The Power of Doing: The Campaign for Learn by Doing at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo surpassed ambitious goals, raising a combined $1.07 billion during their respective durations.

Record generosity in 2019-20 resulted in more than $408 million in gifts received from donors. Of that total 2 percent—about $8.7 million—is unrestricted. The remainder is designated by donors to support specific university efforts. 

​Donor-designated support of $222 million for current programs included: 

  • $72.2 million for faculty support and academic enrichment; 
  • $41.6 million for public service programs; 
  • $34.1 million for student scholarships; 
  • ​$15.4 million for athletics; 
  • $6.9 million for equipment and facility improvements; 
  • and $52.2 million for additional university priorities. 

For long-term capital projects, campuses received $43.1 million for major facility construction and renovation. 

Endowments grew by $94.6 million in new contributions, which provide support in perpetuity. More than half of endowment gifts are designated for scholarships. 

Donors committed an additional $40.1 million in irrevocable deferred gifts. ​​​

Charitable Gifts by Source

charitable gifts by source

Charitable Gifts by Purpose

charitable gifts by purpose

Endowment Market Value

endowment market value

$65 Million
Endowment Distribution