2007-08 Annual Report on External Support to the CSU

2007-08 annual report on external support to the csu


The California State University received a record $442 million in gift commitments during 2007-2008. The results underscore the continued confidence among donors in the CSU's ability to graduate nearly 90,000 students each year and provide them with the knowledge-based skills they need to obtain a promising future.

Gift commitments include new gifts, pledges and testamentary provisions recorded during the period. This accrual method of reporting reflects the hard work of academic leaders, professional fundraising staff and countless volunteers who assist in the CSU's fundraising success.

Charitable gift receipts, a combination of new gifts and pledge payments, totaled $263 million. This cash method of reporting indicates resources that have been received and invested in the CSU's students, faculty and programs.

Within these gift receipts, the CSU received $135.5 million to enhance the knowledge development and academic experience of today's students:

  • $19 million for student scholarships
  • $42 million for academic programs
  • $8.5 million for applied research
  • $1 million for faculty compensation
  • $1.5 million for library operations
  • $13.5 million for athletic programs
  • $24 million for public service programs
  • $2 million for physical plant operations
  • $24 million for other university needs
To support the future capacity of the university, over $32 million was contributed to build state-of-the-art libraries, technologically advanced laboratories, contemporary performing arts centers, and expanded athletic facilities. Additionally, donors added over $70 million to university endowments, creating a lasting legacy of support. Irrevocable deferred gifts accounted for nearly $21 million in future support.

Of all charitable gifts received, 98 percent were designated to specific interests identified by the donor. Only $6 million received was unrestricted and available to be directed to the university's most pressing needs.

In addition to charitable support, the university received nearly $1.2 billion in operating grants and contracts revenue. Student financial assistance in the form of Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and Work Study programs accounted for much of the $743 million received in federal grants.


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