Giving Programs

Sacramento State offers a number of ways to connect with, and support, the University including:

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.

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Dean's Circle

Gifts to the Dean’s Circle are an investment in the leaders of tomorrow, building upon the academic excellence of Sacramento State by giving our Deans the resources to make the most of emerging opportunities that will benefit our students, our faculty and our Colleges.

The Dean’s Circle is a dedicated group of engaged donors who share a commitment to supporting students and academic programs at Sacramento State. As an extension of our campus community, these alumni and friends help provide funds that touch all aspects of the College—scholarship support, equipment purchases and technology upgrades, guest lectureships, faculty professional development and more.

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Cheerful students, graduation

Legacy Circle

The Legacy Circle was established to recognize alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and supporters who have included Sacramento State in their estate plans through gifts of cash or securities, trusts, real estate, retirement plans, insurance, or other forms of planned gifts.  The University recognizes this group as an essential partners in its future.  Membership is extended to those who make any of the following commitments:

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Sac State Next Gen

Meet Sac State Next Gen: A diverse group of young professionals (generally between the ages of 21-40) who serve as ambassadors for philanthropy at Sacramento State and beyond. We are committed to investing in programs and services on campus that prepare students for leadership, service and success by raising money, volunteering time and fostering relationships with the community.

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Next Gen

The Power of 1,000 Hornets

The Power of 1,000 Hornets is a crowdfunding campaign to raise more than $1 million from 1,000 dedicated Hornets to support a Sacramento State Event Center.

One thousand Hornets—alumni and friends—each pledge to give $1,140 as seed funding for the Event Center. The proposed Event Center will be a modern, multi-use facility that will increase programming and services for activities such as job fairs, speaker presentations, Commencement ceremonies, featured athletics events, competitions, educational sessions and entertainment such as concerts or performing arts. In addition to the programming benefits, this signature venue will increase the University’s connection with the greater Sacramento community, and increase student employment opportunities on campus.

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The Power of 1,000 Hornets

Hornet Club

The Hornet Club's mission is to help recruit and retain top-notch student-athletes. Our goal is to provide private financial support for athletic scholarships, facilities, and other program needs for Sacramento State Athletics. The Hornet Club seeks to bring positive recognition to Sacramento State and the region it serves through a competitive athletics program. This will be accomplished through the offices of Major Gifts, Hornet Club, and Block S Letterwinners Club by developing and cultivating relationships, which encourage private giving by individuals and business that share our values, commitment, passion and vision for Hornet Athletics.

Evolving from the Stingers, the tradition and the missions of the Hornet Club has remained the same — providing critical support for scholarships and funding for student-athletes. Financial contribution translates into academic and athletic support to nearly 500 student-athletes.

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