from alumni, employees on the rise
large numbers of CSUS graduates and employees provided private support
to the University last year, highlighting a year that saw an estimated
$8.9 million in gifts and special revenues, according to the annual
report on external funding submitted to the CSU Chancellor's Office
In addition, CSUS generated $71 million in grants and contracts.
Outside funding is increasingly important to the University, especially
as the state struggles with budget troubles. As the mantra throughout
the CSU system goes: "CSU campuses are now state-supported
rather than state-funded institutions."
"Taxpayers provide funding for California public colleges and
universities, but we need increasing amounts of outside funding
to remain on the cutting edge of our academic programs," says
Robert Jones, CSUS vice president for university affairs. "Resource
development from non-state sources will continue to be central to
the University's capacity to serve its students, and through them,
the Capital Region more generally."
The CSUS report shows that gifts from alumni increased 30 percent
last year. Gifts from the campus community, meanwhile, increased
60 percent with 270 faculty, staff and emeriti providing support
to academic departments, scholarships and general university programs.
Among the corporations providing gifts of both cash and in-kind
support were SBC Pacific Bell, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Calgene,
Agilent Technologies and Panasonic. Major support from foundations
included gifts to the Charter Schools Development Center's projects,
an endowment in Chicano studies and $400,000 for the Hydrogeologic
Also last year, the University's Call Center was completed and took
responsibility for the annual fund campaigns of all seven Colleges.
That effort led to more than $220,000 in pledges.
The $80 million in total external support represents about one-quarter
of the institutional resource base for 2001-02, which was about
$322 million. About $194 million - including about $42 million in
student fees - was from the state's general fund.
Every CSU campus provides an external funding report to the Chancellor's
Office each year at about this time.
The Chancellor's Office reviews the information provided by the
campuses and typically makes minor adjustments. A combined CSU system
report on external funding is then presented early the following
year at a Board of Trustees' meeting.