Giving to Chico State

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does Chico State need my gift?
  2. Where can I mail a check to support Chico State?
  3. I can’t find the fund I want to donate to by searching, what do I do?
  4. Can I make multiple donations in the same online transaction?
  5. Can I set up a monthly or recurring gift?
  6. I work for Chico State. Can I give via payroll deduction?
    • What is the turnaround time for a payroll deduction gift to show up on my paycheck?
    • Where is the payroll deduction gift on my paycheck—I don’t see it?
    • I’m participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP)—can I continue to give via payroll deduction?
  7. How can I cancel or change the amount of my recurring credit card, electronic fund transfer, or payroll deduction gift?
  8. How can I find out if my company has a matching gift program?
  9. How do I make a gift of stock?
  10. What is the Chico State University Foundation’s Tax ID number?
  11. How do I name the University as a beneficiary of my estate or make a planned gift?
  12. Will I get a receipt from the University? What if I need a duplicate receipt?
  13. Are there fees associated with my gift?
  14. What is the difference between annual fund gifts and endowed gifts?
  15. What is the Tower Society?
  16. Are there any benefits or recognition associated with my gift?
  17. What is the fiscal year calendar that Chico State uses to count gifts?
  18. Can I make an anonymous donation?
  19. Can I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?
  20. I want to set up a memorial fund for gifts from family and friends—how does this work?
  21. I’ve been receiving emails and calls on behalf of the Chico State Fund—why are they contacting me?
  22. How do I update my personal information with the University?
  23. How can I be removed from your mailing lists?
  24. What is the difference between the CSU, Chico University Foundation and the CSU, Chico Research Foundation?
  25. I’ve heard Chico State has a campaign—what is the campaign and where I can I find more information?
  26. I still can’t find an answer to my question. What should I do next?


 Why does Chico State need my gift?

Our commitment to developing innovative programs and preparing tomorrow’s leaders extends beyond what the state’s general fund provides. As student enrollment and cost of tuition increase, private gifts ensure Chico State has the resources to enhance the quality of academic programs, expand students’ educational and scholarship opportunities, support faculty research and initiatives, and strengthen the impact of our community service and cultural programs. Give online today.

Graph shows that as student enrollment increases state support for the California State University system declines

Where can I mail a check to support Chico State?

Please make your check payable to the CSU, Chico University Foundation and indicate which fund or program you wish to support on the memo line of your check. You can mail your check to the following address:

University Foundation-0999
California State University, Chico
400 W. First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0999

I can’t find the fund I want to donate to by searching, what do I do?

If you don’t see the fund you’re looking for on the online giving form, select “Other” and enter the name of the program, area, or initiative you’d like to support. You can also contact Gift Processing at 530-898-4488 or giftservices@csuchico.edu and we will ensure your gift is directed properly.

Can I make multiple donations in the same online transaction?

Yes! Simply indicate the percentage or dollar amount you’d like to allocate to each fund.

Can I set up a monthly or recurring gift?

Yes! Absolutely.

  • Via credit card: You may arrange recurring payments via our online giving form by selecting, “I would like to make this a sustaining gift.”
  • Via electronic funds transfer (EFT): Donors can make a sustaining monthly gift from their checking or savings account by completing and returning our EFT/ACH Authorization Form (PDF)with a voided check.

I work for Chico State. Can I give via payroll deduction?

Yes! Employees of the University, Associated Students, or Research Foundation can donate monthly via payroll deduction. Just complete our payroll deduction form (PDF) (PDF) and send it to University Advancement Services at campus zip code 0155.

  • What is the turnaround time for a payroll deduction gift to show up on my paycheck?
    It takes the State Controller’s Office approximately two pay periods (60 days) to complete the process.
  • Where is the payroll deduction gift on my paycheck—I don’t see it?
    Payroll deductions are labeled as “Assoc Dues” on your paycheck.
  • I’m participating in the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP)—can I continue to give via payroll deduction?
    Yes, but you must reapply to continue your payroll deduction.

How can I cancel or change the amount of my recurring credit card, electronic fund transfer, or payroll deduction gift?

For recurring credit card donations or electronic funds transfers (EFT), please contact Gift Processing at 530-898-4488 or giftservices@csuchico.edu. For payroll deductions, please complete our Payroll Deduction Authorization Form (PDF) (making sure to select “Change deduction amount” or “Delete payroll deduction”) and send to University Advancement Services at campus zip code 0155.

How can I find out if my company has a matching gift program?

Many employers match charitable contributions that can double or even triple your gift. To find your company’s matching gift program search below by typing in the name of your company. Simply follow the directions for your company under Procedures. We'll do the rest!


How do I make a gift of stock?

Use our transfer instructions (PDF) (PDF). You can also contact Advancement Services at 530-898-4405 for assistance and/or work directly with your personal financial advisor.

What is the Chico State University Foundation’s Tax ID number?

The ID number for gifts to the CSU, Chico University Foundation is 95-1230865.

How do I name the University as a beneficiary of my estate or make a planned gift?

Legacy or "planned" gifts allow you to support Chico State for generations to come. You can choose from a variety of creative ways to contribute, such as naming the University as a beneficiary in your will, estate plan, or life insurance policy; tax-free giving via your retirement accounts or IRA; and more. Learn more about planned giving

Will I get a receipt from the University? What if I need a duplicate receipt?

You will receive a receipt once your gift has been received and processed. If you need a duplicate receipt, please contact Gift Processing at 530-898-4488 or giftservices@csuchico.edu.

Are there fees associated with my gift?

For annual fund gifts, 5 percent is allocated to support our fundraising efforts. (Note: Gifts to scholarships and awards are exempt from this fee.) This compares favorably to fees at other universities and helps fund credit card and electronic fund transfer fees, donor receipting, accounting and independent auditing services, database management, and staffing needs to process, distribute, and manage gifts to campus.

For endowed gifts, the CSU, Chico University Foundation charges an annual fee of 1.75 percent to cover the costs associated with the financial management, independent audit, and distribution of invested gifts.

What is the difference between annual fund gifts and endowed gifts?

Annual fund gifts may be spent immediately and in their entirety to support whatever area you designate. There are many ways to make an annual fund gift, including our online giving form. You can also explore Ways to Give for more donation options.

Endowed funds are invested by the CSU, Chico University Foundation to grow the fund in perpetuity. A portion of the earnings is then used to support the donor’s intended purpose. Approximately 600 separate funds comprise the University’s overall $54 million endowment. See the current University Foundation Annual Report for more information.

What is the Tower Society?

In 2015, we launched the Tower Society, which recognizes donors who give $1,500 or more to one or more programs within a fiscal year. Its goal is to build a culture of philanthropy at Chico State that creates more resources to deliver an excellent educational experience for our students and have a positive impact in the communities we serve.

Are there any benefits or recognition associated with my gift?

Gifts of any amount to anywhere on campus help us transform lives by supporting academic, athletics, applied research, community, and cultural programs. On behalf of all our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve, thank you for your support!

You may qualify for additional benefits as a member of the Tower Society, which recognizes donors who give more than $1,500 to one or more programs within a fiscal year.

Some colleges, departments, programs, and scholarships also sponsor their own donor recognition programs. For more information about recognition activities, please email donorrelations@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-4796.

What is the fiscal year calendar that Chico State uses to count gifts?

Chico State recognizes gifts according to the University’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.

Can I make an anonymous donation?

Yes! If you would like your donation to remain anonymous, please indicate your wishes on the online giving form or in writing along with your gift.

Can I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?

Yes! If completing our online giving form, you can make a gift in honor or memory of an influential person in your life by selecting the appropriate box under Additional Options. If you mail in a check, please indicate who your gift is to honor or memorialize.

I want to set up a memorial fund for gifts from family and friends—how does this work?

The University has a variety of memorial funds; please contact 530-898-4796 or donorrelations@csuchico.edu.

I’ve been receiving emails and calls on behalf of the Chico State Fund—why are they contacting me? 

Each year, students at the Chico State Calling Center make more than half-a-million phone calls and talk with more than 40,000 alumni, parents, and friends of the University. They share campus news and achievements and allow you to update our records with your most current information, so you can stay connected to Chico State. 

Many people are contacted via phone or email because they have made a gift in the past or because they have an outstanding pledge—and our students and staff want to make it easy for you to give! (You can also give online.)

Many of our student callers are donors themselves and involved with the Chico State Student Philanthropy Council. They find it incredibly valuable to talk with their role models and benefactors—you, our donors!

How do I update my personal information with the University?

To alert us to changes in address, career advances, name change, etc., you can use our Update Your Information Form, send an email to csuchicoupdate@csuchico.edu, or call Advancement Services at 530-898-5297.

How can I be removed from your mailing lists?

Please call Advancement Services at 530-898-5297.

What is the difference between the CSU, Chico University Foundation and the CSU, Chico Research Foundation?

Good question!

Both are auxiliary nonprofits that are separate entities from Chico State, with their own separate governing boards, administrative structures, and related fees. Similar entities exist at nearly all CSU campuses. Both allow Chico State to receive and distribute funding that is separate from state appropriations to support Chico State’s educational, applied research, and public service programs.

  • The University Foundation oversees Chico State’s philanthropic endeavors, including annual fund and endowed gifts, and manages the University’s overall endowment. Donors include individuals, families, corporations, and private foundations. Learn more about the CSU, Chico University Foundation
  • The Research Foundation solicits and administers Chico State’s grants and contracts that are not philanthropic, as they have specified deliverables or quid pro quo. These are often federal, state, or other government grants, where the University carries out specified programs or projects on behalf of the grant-making authority. The Research Foundation also serves as the fiscal agent for the University’s revenue-generating activities and operates several campus enterprises. Learn more about the CSU, Chico Research Foundation.

Note: Due to their shared mission to support Chico State, it is possible for colleges, departments, and programs to interact with and benefit from the funding streams of both the University Foundation and the Research Foundation.

I’ve heard Chico State has a campaign—what is the campaign and where I can I find more information?

There are generally three phases of university fundraising campaigns—the initial phase, the quiet/leadership phase, and the public phase. We are currently in the quiet/leadership phase, which began on July 1, 2015. The best way to get campaign updates is to join the Tower Society, which gives you access to special events and communications. If you’d like more information about making a major campaign gift, please contact Executive Director of Development Kristine Mazzei at kcmazzei@csuchico.edu or 530-898-6215.

I still can’t find an answer to my question. What should I do next?

We’re here to help! A good place to start is Gift Processing at 530-898-4488 or giftservices@csuchico.edu. If our Gift Processing staff members don’t know the answer to your question(s), they’ll connect you with someone who does.