Giving to Chico State

Allen Lunde ('94)

Assistant of Director—Annual Giving

As assistant director of the Chico State Annual Fund, Allen Lunde is responsible for overseeing most mass solicitations conducted on the University’s behalf. Each year, Allen is responsible for developing a comprehensive solicitation plan to engage the University’s stakeholders through phone calls, direct mail, and e-communications.

Allen created and oversees the Chico State Calling Center, which makes up to half-a-million phone calls each year with the goal of building relationships with our constituents. He writes and coordinates the sending of tens-of-thousands fundraising letters each year as well as e-solicitations. Allen is an advisor to the Student Philanthropy Council whose mission is educating our campus population on the importance of philanthropy to the University.

Allen has worked in the annual fund at Chico State for the last 20 years and has been directly involved in raising millions of dollars for the University.

Allen has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chico State and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut. He writes the "He said/She Said" column with his wife for the Chico Enterprise-Record.

About Me 

Who is your hero?

Mohandas Gandhi

What motivates you to do this work?

I love working with students. I love being there as they are launching their lives and hope to be a positive influence. I love that my job is constantly changing. I love being part of securing resources the University needs to accomplish its mission.

Why do you give to Chico State?

I give to multiple areas. I give because I see every day the quality of our students and how additional resources can help provide them with the education they need and deserve.

As an alumnus, who or what at Chico State had the biggest impact on you?

David Winsenz and Eddie Vela (now the dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences) were my greatest advisors as I moved through school. Adrian Mirvish’s class on Jean-Paul Sartre/Albert Camus was the best class I’ve ever taken in college. I spent a great deal of time in Becky White’s office discussing ethics.

What's your favorite holiday?


Do you have a personal motto or favorite quote?

Invest me in my motley.
Give me leave To speak my mind, and I will through and through
Cleanse the foul body of th' infected world,
If they will patiently receive my medicine.”

As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The creek

What’s your favorite Chico restaurant?

Leon’s Bistro

Favorite thing to do at Bidwell Park?


What was your first job?


If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Fried chicken, which would mean the rest of my life would probably not be that long.

What’s your proudest accomplishment so far?

The influence the calling center has on the character of our student staff members and the resources I have helped generate for our students.

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

The Grateful Dead channel and CNN

Three words that describe your Chico Experience?

Beautiful, friendly, engaged

Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?

The word “groovy”

If you could join any past or current music group which would you want to join?

The Grateful Dead or The Who

What’s the farthest place you’ve traveled?


portrait of Allen Lunde


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Sapp Hall 001
California State University, Chico 
Chico, CA 95929-0315