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Third annual Give Sac State Day raises more than $340,000

The money raised by this year's Give Sac State Day, secured through nearly 1,300 individual gifts, represents a more than 60% increase over 2020. (Sacramento State/Andrea Price)

Sacramento State issued the call, and the Hornet Family answered. 

The University raised more than $340,000 during Sac State’s third annual Give Sac State Day, a 36-hour challenge to alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and other community members to make a donation of any size to support students. 

This amount raised represents a more than 60% increase from last year’s total of $211,512. More than 1,280 individual gifts were made, up from 881 in 2020. 

Lisa Cardoza, vice president for University Advancement, expressed her gratitude for the overwhelming support for students and programs, calling it a sign that the Sacramento community values the University’s mission. This year’s Give Sac State Day was held amid the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State. 

“The Hornet Family truly answered the call to join together and support our students and mission. We are so grateful to everyone who made a gift and supported Give Sac State Day, and in turn, On the Rise,” Cardoza said. “Every dollar makes a difference, helping us change individual lives and realize the promise of our region. 

University officials stressed the importance that a gift of any size – large or small – could make a major impact in the lives of students. To that end, several “challenges” were issued that, if met, unlocked additional gifts. For example, the Sac State CARES Fund, which provides financial assistance to students in crisis, earned an additional $500 once it received 200 individual donations. Any donation of any size counted toward the total. 

Donors were also able to direct their gifts to any program or department of their choice. 

On the Rise, which launched publicly March 16, aims to raise at least $225 million. For more information, visit

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Jonathan Morales joined the Sac State communications team in 2017 as a writer and editor. He previously worked at San Francisco State University and as a newspaper reporter and editor. He enjoys local beer, Bay Area sports teams, and spending time outdoors with his family and dog.

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