2011-12 Philanthropic Annual Report

Donor Features

Entrepreneurial Thinking at SDSU

Larry and Madeline Petersen

Longtime San Diego State University donors Larry and Madeline Petersen decided to bequeath $2 million of their estate to the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program. (A gift from the couple created the program over a decade ago.) Mr. Petersen, Founder and President of LP Marketing and an alum, believes he learned the brand of innovative thinking that "stays with you for life" while a student at SDSU. The Peterson's generous bequest will generate new opportunities for the center to expand and develop links with each of SDSU's seven colleges - in short, to teach every student to think like an entrepreneur.

The Bernard Osher Foundation
Keeps Benefiting the CSU

Bernard Osher Foundation

Both Bernard A. Osher, Founder and Treasurer of the Bernard Osher Foundation, and Barbro Osher, Chairman of the Board, were recognized by the CSU Board of Trustees for their support of higher education with honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters. The Osher Foundation has contributed more than $150 million in gifts to member institutions of California's three higher education systems: the California State University, the University of California and the California Community Colleges. This year, seventeen CSU campuses received $500,000 each to establish a scholarship endowment as part of the ongoing Osher Initiative benefiting students transferring to the CSU from a California community college. These grants represent the second phase of the initiative. "Once the Foundation began its endowed scholarship program for California's community colleges, we became ever more aware of the challenges facing students who wanted to continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree," noted Mary Bitterman, Foundation president. The timing of this support aligns with the CSU's priority initiative with community colleges to develop more than 450 associate degrees for transfer that guarantee admission to the CSU and expedite progress to a baccalaureate degree.

Clinical Teacher Preparation

Clinical Teacher Preparation in California Project

The California State University received several significant donations for the Clinical Teacher Preparation in California project. Donations included gifts of $350,000 from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, $52,500 from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and over $530,000 from The James Irvine Foundation. Funds from these foundations support the two-year project, which initiates a range of innovative clinical approaches for preparing future teachers and seeks to significantly improve both the preparation of novice teachers and the learning of all students in a broad range of settings, thereby contributing to closing achievement gaps. The project focuses on establishing collaborative partnerships for preparing new teachers that involve the CSU, other universities, school districts, and schools.