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. Click on the links below to get more details.
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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.
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.
The diverse student body at San Francisco State University includes many students who are the first in their families to attend college. Making the University accessible through scholarships to students in need is a priority to the University. There are many established scholarship funds to support, from athletics to general need. Many of our scholarships are endowed funds that grow over time to keep pace with the economy and raises in tuition and fees.
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. Email us to inquire about creating or funding a scholarship.
Establishing a Scholarship: FAQs
May I select the student I wish to receive my scholarship?
You may direct a gift to a particular student's tuition, however paying tuition is not considered a charitable gift. However, there is a way for you to be involved in the selection of scholarship recipient based on objective application criteria. By establishing an endowed scholarship, you will be provided with an option of participating on the scholarship committee which will select eligible students.
How can I name a scholarship?
Due to drastic recent tuition increases, students need more tuition support than ever. Assistance helps them focus on their studies and reduces the number of outside jobs they work, which can have a negative impact on graduation rates. One $1000 scholarship equals 66 hours of minimum wage work. To attract more scholarships, the University encourages alumni and friends to name these funds. Given students’ needs, the minimum to endow a named scholarship fund is $25,000 -- however you may “adopt a student” by naming an annual current fund scholarship with a minimum donation of $5,000.
May I pay my donation over a period of time?
Yes, pledged gifts are gratefully accepted and the University will make it easy by sending you pledge reminders at your request. Two- to three-year pledges are encouraged, and up to five years are allowed for gifts of $25,000 or more.
Will I find out who received the scholarship I provide?
Yes, if you would like this information, provided your donation is at the minimum level required to establish a named fund (see above). While some donors prefer to remain anonymous, and we work hard to ensure this for those who do, we encourage donors to let us publicize their identities to inspire others. Donors who identify themselves also have the opportunity to learn about the beneficiaries of their generosity. The University has scholarship and donor relations offices that work with scholarship recipients to assist them in personally acknowledging donors. Also, the University and several colleges have launched annual scholarship dinners where recipients and donors might meet and mingle.
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.
Your contribution to an innovation fund will make invaluable joint student-faculty research for undergraduates possible. This research is one way SF State distinguishes itself, as well as in research on the graduate level. Innovation funds encourage our scholars to open new vistas in teaching innovations, curriculum development, and applied research.
With a minimum contribution of $25,000 from a current interest-bearing account and/or as an endowment, through your named Donor Advised Fund you can decide annually what you would like to support at the University. It's a creative and easy way to get more involved personally to help SF State fulfill its mission.
Honor someone special, as either a living tribute or a memorial, by making a gift in his or her name.