Annual Giving

Continued support from our alumni and friends

Every gift to Sacramento State is important, and Annual Giving allows us to combine several gifts to make the greatest possible impact.

Our Annual Giving donors are students, parents, faculty, staff, friends and alumni who want to help Sacramento State provide a margin of excellence through a tax-deductible gift to the University. You can make your annual gift as an unrestricted donation, which enables the University to respond where the need is greatest.  Or you can support the area of the University that is of most interest to you, such as a department, a program, a College, the University Library or Intercollegiate Athletics.

Annual Giving programs include:

For more information on Annual Giving programs, please contact:

Sharon Takeda
Executive Director of Annual Giving and Special Projects
(916) 278-3922 

studentsAnnual Fund gifts enable the University and its Colleges to address emerging needs.

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Sac State Fund

Giving where the need is greatest

In the fall semester, Annual Giving raises unrestricted funds through the Sac State Fund, money that goes to the places on campus where it is needed most. The Sac State Fund benefits students and academic programs throughout Sacramento State such as scholarships, library materials, multicultural programs and technology upgrades for computer labs and classrooms.

This undesignated support, referred to as “annual fund” dollars, is one of the most important fundraising priorities for the University, as Sacramento State has few other sources of flexible funding. Annual Fund contributions to the Sac State Fund allow the University to act quickly to address campus needs and take advantage of special opportunities.

Annual Fund

Giving to the causes you care about

In the spring, you have the opportunity to support the campus program that means the most to you. Each of our seven colleges reach to alumni and friends—by phone and direct mail to share inspiring stories about students and programs and to offer an easy means to contribute to the College's success.

Student Calling

Today's students connect with alumni

The Student Calling Program enlists some of Sacramento State’s most outgoing and enthusiastic students to call on alumni, parents and friends to raise funds for the University. The Student Calling Program calls twice a year—in the fall to raise money for the Sac State Fund and in the spring to raise money for seven individual Colleges on campus .

The Student Calling Program not only generates much-needed funding for the University, but it gives students an opportunity to work on campus in a job that richly enhances their educational experience and communication skills. Students are interested in learning about ways you have been able to apply your Sac State education to career opportunities. They also will give you an update on the latest activities and events at Sacramento State. In addition, your student caller might also tell you a little about themselves and even ask for your advice.

When a student calls, he or she will tell you where they are calling from and the purpose of their call, and they will confirm your address in our database, access to which is strictly regulated. They also can apprise you of potential opportunities for matching gifts from your employer about which you might not be aware.

Carole Dawson

Carole Dawson ('86) has made a habit of contributing to campus annual giving programs.

Alumna’s quest to make things better provides basis for support

As a civil engineer, Carole Jeanne Samuelson Dawson’s job boiled down to finding solutions to problems. She takes the same approach to her community involvement and philanthropy.

“I’ve always wanted to try and fix things,” Dawson says. “That’s the way engineers think.”

From her work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to her service to her hometown of Monterey, Dawson ’86 (Civil Engineering) was dedicated to troubleshooting and coming up with necessary accommodations for various projects.

It’s also the thought process behind her charitable giving, which includes faithful support of her alma mater. Dawson’s contributions to Sac State include gifts to the Ken Kerri Endowment Fund, the Sac State Fund and the College of Engineering and Computer Science Annual Fund.

As a contributor to the Sac State Fund, Dawson provides unrestricted funds to help the University in areas where the needs are most urgent.Her contributions to the Ken Kerri Endowment Fund enable the civil engineering program to attract top students to Sac State and provide support for students and faculty. It holds a special meaning for both Dawson and her husband Mike, who is a retired civil engineer himself.

“In the current economic climate, with continuing federal and state funding cuts to higher education, I feel it is more important than ever to invest in education by donating to my alma mater, Sac State,” Dawson says.

Kerri was one of the professors Dawson said made a lasting impression on her, along with professors Ralph Hwang and Susan Holl.

Even in her undergraduate years she participated in activities that benefited the community. She says her involvement with the Tau Beta Pi honor society at Sac State planted the roots for her civic engagement.

“We worked in the tutoring center and helped other students with homework,” Dawson says. “It was great leadership training.”

Dawson was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.Among the hands-on engineering projects that left a lasting impression were the concrete canoe competition and the egg drop.

“We had to design a container or a parachute to protect the egg and then drop it from the top of the engineering building,” she explains. “That and the concrete canoe races at Lake Natoma are two things that stick out in my mind.”

Dawson came to Sac State well-versed in writing after earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. After earning her civil engineering degree she worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Monterey and the City of Seaside. She put her writing talents and engineering know-how to work as a grant writer and secured more than $8.5 million in federal aid and grant funds for Monterey.

Both of the cities recognized Dawson with official proclamations. When she stepped down from her post with Monterey in 2000, then-mayor Dan Albert proclaimed that: “Carole Dawson, P.E. is worth her weight in gold.”

She and her husband currently reside in the Alta Mesa neighborhood of Monterey and both are active in the community. Carole contributes to the Alliance of Monterey Area Preservationists and is treasurer of the League of Women Voters of the Monterey Peninsula.