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  • Sac State Next Gen

    Sac State Next Gen

    Meet Sac State Next Gen: A diverse group of young professionals who serve as ambassadors for philanthropy at Sacramento State. 

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  • Global Adventure

    Global Adventures President’s Circle support helps students study abroad

    When selecting a Study-Abroad destination, Shatesha Morris could have chosen any country. Her friends gently urged her to spend the year in a popular spot like France or England. But ease and familiarity are not her priorities. With this in mind, she chose to study at the University of Ghana-Legon, where she is grateful to experience language barriers and unfamiliar food, different types of people and transportation.

    It is exactly these types of experiences that President Robert S. Nelsen wants for students. In fact, he is committed to helping students overcome financial barriers in order to study abroad.

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  • Observatory

    A new home for science students

    The future of science education is here. Sacramento State will break ground for a new Science Complex, the campus’ first newly constructed academic building since Mariposa Hall in 2000.

    Learning and study spaces designed to promote peer- to-peer interaction, teaching labs featuring the latest technology and equipment, and an observatory and planetarium created with the community in mind, combine to create a hub where discovery happens. And it will position Sacramento State as a regional resource for science and technology knowledge.

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  • Strength in Numbers

    Strength in numbers: Donor support propels students toward success

    It is enough to keep students up at night. Concerns like, “How do I pay my tuition and living expenses? Where on campus can I go for support and understanding?” But thanks to generous donor and campus support, there are programs in place that help to ease their minds and keep them on track to graduate.

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  • Scholarship focuses on first-generation students

    One of the more touching moments during the University’s Commencement ceremonies is when the President asks students how many are the first in their family to graduate. As the first in her family to attend college, Colette Coleman can relate.

    “I thought that was really impressive and showed that Sac State was making a difference in the community,” says the emerita speech pathology and audiology professor who taught at Sac State for 30 years.

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  • Highlights of 2015-16 in Philanthropy: Campus sets fundraising record

    In 2015-16, donors gave more than ever in support of students and programs at Sacramento State. Alumni, business partners and community leaders, along with other friends of Sacramento State continued to show their support for the University providing more than $18.3 million in philanthropy.

    This also represents the sixth straight year the campus met or surpassed its fundraising goal. Gifts to Sacramento State create opportunities for student success, foster engagement between the University and the community, and provide inspiration for others to make a difference.

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  • Scholarships help make students’ academic dreams come true

    A classical guitarist. The son of Vietnam War refugees. A first-generation college student. A grandmother.

    The lives of Sac State scholarship recipients are as varied and distinctive as our University’s generous donors. But a common thread is woven between those who provide for a scholarship and those who need it most. In many cases, the value of a scholarship is not only monetary, it is a step toward fulfilling a dream. One that for some students, has existed for generations.

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Where to give

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Featured Priorities

Learn how giving to Sac State provides opportunities for students, improvements to our campus and a positive ripple effect throughout our communities.

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Colleges and Library

Donor contributions allow the University to offer the affordable, high-quality education that is not possible through state funding alone.


Student Support and Scholarships

Private gifts help us offer the support systems—scholarships, mentoring, peer-group programs, etc.—that are so vital in making students' dreams of a college degree a reality.

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Sacramento State’s student-athletes strive to achieve greatness in competition and in the classroom. 

Giving Guide

Your support of Sacramento State provides life-changing opportunities for our students, preparing them to be leaders in their professions and communities.

Donor contributions allow the University to offer the affordable, high-quality education that is not possible through state funding alone. It strengthens our ability to offer access to talented faculty who are at the top of their fields, to hands-on learning that translates to real-world applications and to leadership opportunities that motivate well beyond graduation.

You can direct your support to programs and students across campus.