​2015-16: Our Legacy Year

A legacy of philanthropic support continues to grow throughout the California State University. This past year, the CSU has seen increases in philanthropic support with an all-time high of $489 million in charitable gift commitments, thus furthering our systemwide efforts and educational mission to provide access to opportunity for all Californians.

On campus and across the system, our eyes are focused on the horizon.

Over the past year, we witnessed firsthand the power of 1,000 Hornets, CSUN Rising, and SB Strong. We saw campuses ready to Transform Tomorrow by moving Forward Together.

We were introduced to Stan State – and ​reintroduced to its wildly successful One Purpose scholarship campaign, now in its second year.

We celebrated as Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal State San Bernardino received the largest gifts in their respective histories – gifts that will transform and shape the futures of hundreds of thousands of students and alumni.

We honored the legacy of a distinguished Cal Maritime alumnus, his wife and family – all lifetime Keelhauler supporters – through a new endowed scholarship fund.

We thanked current and emeritus faculty and staff for their gifts to Fullerton, Sacramento State and San José State, which will fund endowed scholarships for students studying journalism, Asian and Asian American studies, government, history, environmental studies and Californian literature.

We stand forever grateful for the numerous gifts from systemwide and campus foundation board members to fund mobile Fab Labs, establish endowed faculty chairs, expand STEM education ​and provide endowed scholarships for student-athletes.

We established two new centers at San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona – funded by members of the community –​ dedicated to studying and supporting diaspora communities throughout California and the country.

Indeed, this past year, we witnessed, celebrated, honored, established, thanked and have been introduced to a lot. These gifts and stories – through your continued generosity and support – have charted our course forward and further illustrate our shared intent to go to the horizon, and beyond.

Because of your support, the CSU has worked to find solutions to our most demanding challenges, from protecting California’s citrus crops to detecting gravitational waves in our universe and from working to ensure the basic needs of all students to setting audacious goals with our own Moon Shot through Graduation Initiative 2025.

For all this, and more, we thank you.