San Francisco State University Donors


After they started dating while undergraduates at San Francisco State University, George Marcus (B.A., ’65) and Judie Otten Marcus (B.A., ’62) fell in love and married. Over the years, they have been stalwart supporters of the University. In November, 2018 they also became the University's largest donors. The Marcuses funded and established the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the LIberal Arts, a comprehensive gift to the College of Liberal and Creative Arts that includes four new endowed faculty chairs, support for student and faculty research, and program and facilities upgrades.


Alumnus Chris Larsen (B.S., '84), wife Lyna Lam and Rippleworks have partnered together to generously donate $25 million to SF State's College of Business. The Chris Larsen and Lyna Lam Funds for the College of Business will inspire innovation, entrepreneurship, and financial technology education. Read about Chris' voyage from being first in his family to attend college to one of the world's most iconoclastic business leaders.


Kathy Kwan is a major donor and true partner to the University's Career Services & Leadership Development program, contributing and helping to build to the program's phenomenal growth.


The Genentech Foundation’s recent $10.5 million grant to SF State’s College of Science & Engineering will be distributed over five years, and will fund three initiatives managed by the college’s Student Enrichment Opportunities Office. Approximately 80% of the grant will go towards support of students from low-income backgrounds, with awards made annually to 92 undergraduates and 20 graduate students.


More Donor Spotlights


Donor Leslie A Hughes

Leslie A. Hughes has given love and attention to her students throughout her long career as a Spanish and Italian instructor in San Francisco schools. When she sat down to create her will, Ms. Hughes decided to leave a generous portion of her estate to scholarship funds at SF State.

Donor Terrance E Mancilla

Terrance E. Mancilla (B.S., '72)  graduated from SF State's Engineering Department and enjoyed a long and successful career as an engineer. After retiring from Hewlett-Packard two years ago, he returned to SF State as an instructor. 

Donor Jo Markovich

In 2002, Jo Markovich, (B.A. '57, MA '64), inquired about the benefits of a charitable gift annuity with SF State. With her degrees in special education from SF State, Jo became a teacher - an occupation she cherished. 

Donor Need Nobari

Ms. Nobari hopes her giving sets an example for what philantropy can be. For her, it's a deeply personal act, reflective of her journey and her vision to build a community. 

Donor Jan Randall

Jan Randall's most important biological discovery came while she was sitting on a lawn chair, at night, by herself in the desert, armed with a flashlight and lots of patience.

Donor Toni Weingarten

A bequest from retired television writer and producer Toni Weingarten will provide scholarships for first-generation, educationally and economically disadvataged students. 

Frank & Linda Kurtz on their roof

Donating to SF State seemed an obvious choice to alumna Linda Kurtz (M.S., ’74) and her husband Frank. “Our intent is to give students the general skills of critical thinking and dialogue, so that they can empower others and improve the whole climate at San Francisco State University,” says Linda.

In addition to donating her media work as a journalist to SF State, Belva Davis has given a generous gift to the College of Ethnic Studies to honor Ken Monteiro's long tenure as dean.


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Our Donors Are Bold Thinkers

With the generous participation of our donors, SF State has reached the milestone of raising over 90% of the $150 Million goal in our BOLD Thinking campaign. The impact of this funding on our students and the University is life-changing and reverbrates throughout our community and state.

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