Ways to Support SF State

It's important that you choose a way of contributing that is right for you.

Below are ways to help SF State ensure accessibility and excellence in higher education -- especially as state support continues to decrease (click on the links below to get more details):

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Photo from above of Malcolm X Plaza by the Cesar Chavez Student Center


Cash and Pledges

Gifts of cash may be made online by credit card or by personal or cashier's check made payable to San Francisco State University. While outright gifts are appreciated, a pledge may be arranged for up to five years and paid annually, quarterly or monthly via check or by credit card.  Make a gift today, online or by mail; or call the Development Office at (415) 338-1042. Thank you!

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Stocks and Bonds

By giving stocks, mutual funds or bonds you may avoid paying substantial capital gains taxes and can deduct the full value of your gift from federal taxes. Gifts to San Francisco State University may be made by wire transfer. To make a gift via wire transfer and obtain the appropriate forms with ABA routing numbers and account information, please contact the Office of University Development at (415) 338-1042 or email develop@sfsu.edu

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Real Estate and Appreciated Assets

We can help make it easy to donate your home, other real estate, and appreciated asset, such as fine art. We'll help guide you through any liquidation arrangements, including handling all the sales if you prefer.  Real estate and appreciated assets may be donated outright, as well as through planned giving. Whether you want to make an outright donation or planned gift of any asset, or a combination, please call our resident experts in these matters, Thomas A. Mullaney, Esq., or Steve Kelton, directors, at (415) 338-7460 or giftplan@sfsu.edu

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Planned & Estate Gifts

Planned gifts are particularly attractive, especially to SF State alumni and friends who live in the Bay Area or other regions where real estate appreciation has increased exponentially over the last few decades.  In addition to including SF State in your will, it's possible to establish an annuity or other income-bearing arrangement that actually benefits you and possibly your heirs, and at the same time benefits SF State!

The Alexander C. Roberts Legacy Society
Membership in the Alexander C. Roberts Legacy Society is an honor bestowed upon those alumni and friends who have informed us that they have included SF State in their estate plans. The University recognizes Roberts Legacy Society members on our special donor wall and at a private annual recognition event.

Learn more about planned giving or contact Tom Mullaney, Esq., or Steve Kelton, directors of planned giving, at (415) 338-1042 or giftplan@sfsu.edu A member of our Planned Giving team will be pleased to help you.

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In-Kind Gifts

The value of a gift in kind is tax-deductible and may include a range of tangible personal property, such as furniture and equipment, personal libraries, etc. Call (415) 338-1042 or email us, and we'll help match your potential donation with a particular need at SF State. 

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Corporate and Foundation Support

Corporate sponsorships and program support are on the rise at the University (see corporation information), while foundations have long partnered with SF State (see foundation information). 

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Types of General and Named Funds

All of the giving opportunities below may be funded with outright gifts, bequests or other types of planned gifts.  All are fully tax-deductible. For more information see below, send an email, or call (415) 338-1042.

University Fund and Dean's Funds

Current use gifts to the University Fund, along with unrestricted endowment donations, enable San Francisco State University's leaders to anticipate and respond to the many challenges and opportunities on the horizon. Similar funds, often known as "Dean's Funds," are available at the college level, as well as department and program discretionary funds.


In addition to supporting existing scholarship funds, some donors choose to establish new named scholarship endowments. Currently a $200,000 endowment will generate enough income to cover most of a student's annual tuition, fees and some living expenses. $25,000 is the minimum donation to establish any named endowed fund. Learn more about the Students First initiative to raise student support.


An endowment to establish a named scholarship, chair, fellowship, or a fund to perpetually strengthen any program at the University, ensures that SF State will continue to achieve its objectives -- especially the ones about which you care most. With the perpetual income generated by your named endowment, you will influence the future through the graduates shaped by your visionary generosity.

Innovation Funds

Deans, department chairs and program directors welcome the investment of alumni and friends in their creative vision, as well as that of their students and faculty.  Your contribution to an innovation fund will make possible invaluable joint student-faculty research for undergraduates, one way SF State distinguishes itself, as well as on the graduate level. Innovation funds encourage our scholars to open new vistas in teaching innovations, curriculum development, and applied research.

Donor Advised Funds

SF State now provides an option that a growing number of donors prefer.  With a minimum contribution of $25,000 or more, as a current interest-bearing account and or as an endowment, through your named Donor Advised Fund you can decide annually what you're interested in supporting at the University.  It's a creative and easy way to get more involved personally to help SF State fulfill its mission. 

Tributes and Memorials

Honor someone special, as either a living tribute or a memorial, by making a gift in his or her name.

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