Attracting extraordinary support

By doing this, it’s absolutely my hope that other people will see the opportunity that lies here and invest in the future of Chico State.

Chico State’s outstanding quality and special commitment to students have led leading philanthropists to invest in the University’s future.

Recently, Dan Giustina, one of University of Oregon’s biggest supporters and donors, made a $2 million gift to Chico State’s College of Agriculture. This established the largest scholarship fund in the University’s history.

Giustina, after a visit to Chico State last April, became convinced that “the quality of education a student could get here was second to none.” He believes when private support helps bring the best students and faculty to an institution, it raises the quality of the educational experience for everyone and brings a spirit of giving that lasts beyond any one gift.

“One of the things I think is important with this $2 million gift is to show the way, show other people that you don’t necessarily have to be a grad to make a gift to a great institution,” he said. “And by doing this, it’s absolutely my hope that other people will see the opportunity that lies here at Chico State and invest in the future of Chico State.”

Among other major investments in the University are a $3.6 million trust gift from Marion Floyd to support nursing programs, $3 million from Valene Smith for the anthropology museum, and $2.4 million from David and Helen Lantis for faculty endowed chairs.

Read more about Dan Giustina’s gift in Chico Statements.

Dan Giustina and Paul Zingg at an Aug. 22 news conference announcing Giustina’s $2 million gift to the University.
Dan Giustina and Paul Zingg at an Aug. 22 news conference announcing Giustina’s $2 million gift to the University.