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President's Circle

The President’s Circle at Sacramento State is truly that – a “circle of very special friends” who are dedicated to ensuring a bright future for the University while giving the gift of education to the many talented students who choose to study here. These unrestricted gifts allow President Robert S. Nelsen to address emerging needs and remarkable opportunities with funds that are used like "venture capital." Currently, gifts to the President's Circle are used to support student-centered programs that have an immediate and direct impact, including:

  • The ASI Food Pantry
  • The Student Emergency Grant Fund
  • Student travel for study abroad 
  • Immersive and hands-on learning experiences

An Invitation

We invite you to be a part of the excitement! With an unrestricted annual gift, you can join the growing number of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and business and community leaders who are providing Sac State the flexibility to address emerging needs, special programs and other unexpected opportunities unsupported by state funding that will enhance the teaching and learning environment for our faculty and students, today and in the future.

Join Sacramento State in transforming lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Become a member of the President’s Circle today.

Benefits of Membership

To show our appreciation for your generous annual support, we offer the following benefits:

  • Invitation to annual President’s Circle events and other special gatherings
  • Inclusion on University’s annual Honor Roll of Donors
  • Within the President’s Circle, exclusive communication to members from President Nelsen throughout the year
  • Subscription to Torchlight newsletter, published twice a year by Sac State
  • Subscription to Sac State Magazine
  • Invitation to select cultural and athletic events

Membership Information

Annual membership at the levels noted below may be held by an individual, jointly by a couple, or by a foundation or corporation. Corporate matching gift programs may be used to qualify for membership. Your affiliation with the President’s Circle is accomplished through a tax-deductible annual gift.

Annual Membership Level

Annual Gift

Gold Circle


Silver Circle


Bronze Circle


*Gold and Silver circle members will receive additional benefits including invitations to exclusive dinners and engagement opportunities with the president.

To support Sacramento State by joining the President’s Circle, please contact:

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Tess M. Dyer
(916) 278-5184

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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.