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Guide to Giving

We understand that giving is personal. There are multiple ways to maximize your impact on the causes you value most by making a gift to Sacramento State. Below you'll find tools and resources you can use to easily make a gift to Sacramento State.

Ways to Give

  • Online Giving

    Use our secure form to make a credit card gift online. You can search for the area or program you would like your gift to support, and even make gifts to multiple areas in a single transaction. Please consider scheduling monthly or quarterly recurring gifts. Recurring donors are our backbone and it's the easiest way to ensure your continued impact. Make your gift today.

  • By Mail or Phone

    To support any college or program, you can make a gift via check or credit card. If you would like assistance making a credit card contribution, please call our Development Office at (916) 278-6989. Indicate the area you would like to support in the memo line of donations by check. For your convenience, or to include credit card information, simply download and complete this gift form.

    Make checks payable to:
    The University Foundation at Sacramento State
    Development Office
    Sacramento State
    6000 J Street MS 6030
    Sacramento, CA 95819

  • Stocks & Securities

    Maximize your gift and your tax benefits by making a gift through stocks and/or securities. Please contact the Development Office for electronic transfer instructions by phone at (916) 278-6115 or email.

  • Employer Matching

    If your employer or your partner’s employer has a matching gift program, your gift to Sacramento State may be doubled or even tripled. Your human resources office can supply you with specific instructions about the process for matching gifts.

    Check our online database to see if your company matches gifts to Sacramento State.

  • Employee Giving / Payroll Deduction

    Many Sacramento State faculty, staff, and emeriti faculty and staff are already enjoying the convenience of using payroll deduction to give to Sacramento State. Each pay period, your gift is automatically deducted by the State Controller and allocated to the area you have selected to support. Complete and submit a payroll deduction form and then rest assured, knowing the compounded impact you are making with your recurring support. Emeriti faculty and staff can establish payroll deduction from their monthly retirement. The minimum gift is $5 per pay period, per program.

  • Planned Giving

    By including Sacramento State in their estate plans through, friends of the University can provide life-changing opportunities to the students of the future, while enjoying benefits of the present — including potential tax savings and life-income possibilities. Need help planning your legacy? Explore our online resources or contact us to learn more.

  • Pledges

    Allow donors to promise a gift and make payments over time, which sometimes enables contributors to give more generously than otherwise possible. Payments can be made using cash, credit cards, securities, or other kinds of assets, over a period of up to five years.

  • Gifts-in-Kind & Gifts of Property

    You can also support Sacramento State by donating your personal property or real estate to the University. Gifts-in-kind are items of tangible personal property or other physical assets that are of value to the University such as artwork, books, or equipment, etc. Gifts of real property — such as land, farms, personal residences, and rental or commercial property — can provide relief from capital gains taxes, eliminate property expenses, and benefit the University's long-term philanthropic goals.

    Gifts of real property also include cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin (BTC), and may be made by establishing a donor-advised fund (DAF) through a sponsoring organization that accepts gifts of cryptocurrency. The DAF would then convert your gift into dollars for transfer to The University Foundation.

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Scholarships are among the most rewarding ways to give to Sacramento State because of the direct impact they can make on students’ lives. They also provide opportunities to inspire and honor our ambitious students. Join us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About The Campaign

What is a campaign?

A comprehensive campaign is a university-wide approach to solicit gifts that support the university's vision. In this case, the University's vision is to expand its suite of services for student support, provide faculty and students greater access to knowledge through research, and bridge the University's partnership with the community for improved regional success.

Where do the funds go? Who receives funding?

Funds raised go towards providing additional student services (library services, health and wellness programs, counseling center services, etc.), academic and research opportunities (Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex, Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, etc.), expanding our role in policy making and leadership in California, and doubling scholarships for qualified student scholars.

General Questions

Who can I contact for more information?

University Advancement staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you might have. Contact Us

What is University Advancement?

The Division of University Advancement serves Sacramento State by raising awareness, building and strengthening lifelong relationships, and inspiring philanthropic support of the university and its mission, programs, initiatives, and students.

University Advancement includes the following units: Development, Annual Giving, Principal Gifts, Campaign, Advancement Services, and Alumni Relations.

How is my gift used?

Gifts to Sacramento State are used to support students, University programs and faculty. Donors can designate a destination for their gift, or give to programs like the President’s Circle or the Dean’s Circle, in which funds are used to meet the University’s and Colleges’ most pressing needs. Gifts must always be used in accordance with a donor’s wishes and may not be reallocated to other programs without prior consent of the donor.

What are current-use funds?

Current-use funds are fully expended during a short period of time and have an immediate impact. These funds may also be designated toward supporting a long-term project such as a building fund.

Where does my gift go?

Simply stated, your gift goes where you designate it to be used.

Private support to Sacramento State is given through The University Foundation at Sacramento State, which serves as the primary philanthropic auxiliary for the University, actively supporting the mission of teaching, learning and service by acquiring and managing financial and other resources for the University.

Gifts made to the University Foundation at Sacramento State for the benefit of the University are voluntary investments from individuals, corporations and philanthropic foundations. They are deposited through a 501(c)(3) organization.

The University Foundation, through its exercise of trust and fiduciary responsibility, gives donors additional confidence that their gifts will be used in accordance with their wishes and to enhance programs rather than replace state support.

What is an endowed fund?

Endowed funds are invested and maintained in perpetuity and have a long-term impact.

These funds earn investment income — such as dividends, interest, and capital appreciation — and each year a percentage of the annual income is distributed to support the specific purpose designated by the donor. The remaining income is added to the endowment principal to help preserve the purchasing power of the endowment over time. In this way, endowed funds provide a stable income for the University and support the University’s mission.

Donors can establish an endowment in any college, school, or program at Sacramento State and name it in honor of any person or organization they choose — including themselves or a loved one. These funds also create a highly visible link between the honoree and the university and serve as a lasting tribute to the namesake.

Donors build strong ties with the beneficiaries of their endowment, sharing in the achievements made possible by their gifts. Endowments are permanent. As such, they are a meaningful way to honor a person's legacy. Additionally, generations of a donor’s family often see the long-term benefit of the endowment on the University and numerous beneficiaries.

Are My Gifts Deductible — and What Is Sac State's Tax ID Number?

The University Foundation at Sacramento State is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts in support of the University’s mission, goals, and programs are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult with your tax attorney or financial advisor to determine if your gift is tax-deductible.

The federal tax identification number for the University Foundation at Sacramento State is 94-3001359.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my gift?

Yes. When you make an online gift, an electronic gift receipt will be sent to the email address provided when making the gift. For gifts made via mail, phone, or in person, after we process your transaction, we will mail you an official tax receipt letter for your records.

What are the fees associated with giving to Sacramento State?

The University Foundation at Sacramento State does not have employees or overhead expenses, but does have regular business expenses for processing, auditing, reporting, and reinvestment in fundraising initiatives. The University Foundation has two gift fees as mandated by the CSU Chancellor’s Office for auxiliary organizations.

The first fee is 3%, charged upfront to all incoming gifts. The second fee is an annual charge to endowment and expendable accounts, not to exceed 1%. The endowment charge typically comes from the investment earnings. Expendable gift funds typically earn less in annual returns because of the zero-risk-tolerance investment policy, and as such, only earnings, not to exceed 1%, are charged as gift fees to expendable accounts.