Giving from Corporations and Foundations

The CSU has developed strong relationships with organizations over the years that have significantly increased its ability to generate grants and gifts. In 2001/2002, income from corporations and foundations exceeded income from individuals for the first time. Combined income from all organizations, including corporations, foundations and other organizations—such as campus-related organizations, alumni associations, religious or community organizations—totaled nearly two-thirds of all voluntary support to the CSU.

Of all giving categories in 2001/2002, giving from corporations showed the greatest increase (31 percent) and reached the highest total dollar value ($102 million) of all sources of support to the CSU. Significant corporate gifts included the donation of the Avila Beach pier to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (valued at $18 million) and four major gifts of software valued at over $4 million each. Gifts-in-kind are often provided by corporations to support the equipment or capital needs of a campus and are included in the gift totals.

Overall, corporate giving in 2001/2002 represented a substantial 40 percent of all voluntary giving to the CSU.

Private charitable foundations including family foundations contributed nearly $50 million to the CSU in 2001/2002. Foundation giving increased significantly two years ago and has maintained a consistently high level since then. Although giving from foundations nationally was stagnant as a result of disappointing stock market conditions, the CSU was able to increase total support from foundations by 7 percent. One major factor in the increase was the successful fundraising program at San Diego State that raised $19 million from foundations.

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Last Updated: January 23, 2003