Giving at Chico State

Impact of Your Gift

You can give to Chico State through designated giving to specific funds and causes, or give in a way that allows for your donation to be used to meet students' greatest emerging needs and opportunities. 

Our University Foundation report provides an overview of what was made possible each year because of gifts to the university. View the most recent report (PDF).

Chico State Fund

The Chico State Fund is the most direct way to impact the lives of current Wildcats and ensure a rich and meaningful experience.

The Chico State Fund provides immediate and critical support for the arising needs and exciting opportunities of our students and faculty. Contributions to this fund are put to use immediately. Your gift to the Chico State Fund makes a difference right now, and the effect ripples through the lives of our Wildcat family.

Current Chico State Fund Projects

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Investing in Men of CHICO

Provides underrepresented racial minority males at Chico State professional development, attire, and opportunities for civic service through mentoring area youths. Through this program, participants invest in developing academic excellence, personal values, civic engagement, self-efficacy, and career integration to identify custom pathways to success.

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Building cutting-edge lab facilities

The Chico State fund provides financial assistance to create lab facilities that serve as canvasses for innovation, collaborative problem–solving, and intellectual exchange. Current projects include investments in cutting-edge lab equipment in the Civil Engineering Department, Student-Centered Finance Lab, and the Student-Run Water Quality Laboratory.

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Supporting Dream Scholars

Provides undocumented students support for textbooks and supplies not funded through traditional financial aid. Undocumented students often forgo purchasing textbooks or share one text among a group of peers to leverage limited resources. Simple textbook grants facilitates student savings and allows students to redirect resources to other essential needs.


No matter what you’re passionate about, your generous gift supports hands-on learning and makes a community impact that shapes the future. Chico State provides various course studies to match the passions of our student body.

We have seven distinguished colleges that house over 340 undergraduate majors and minors, graduate degrees, and professional certifications. Each College and program have unique needs to best support the success of their students, faculty, and future of their field.

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Support University Strategic Priorities

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Cultivate and nurture a welcoming and inclusive campus where students, faculty, and staff have an equitable opportunity to thrive.

Civic & Global Engagement

Build stronger and more vibrant communities by connecting the University and community in mutually beneficial ways to effect meaningful change in the world around us.

Resilient & Sustainable Systems

Advance environmental, social, and economic sustainability; striving toward a just and resilient future.

Donor support helps us implement and support the programs and initiatives that make these priorities a reality. Your gift to the Chico State Fund today will make an immediate impact.

You can learn more about the goals and achievements for each of these priorities on the Strategic Planning website.


Raising cost of living and education should never stop students from achieving academic success. Our generous donors have created various types of scholarships for students in all academic programs.

Chico State offers over 1,800 scholarships available to students including private scholarships, institutional scholarships, and athletic scholarships.

Make a Gift

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Scholarships Recipients

Daniel Crispino

Daniel Crispino, music education major
Daniel Hiestand Music Education Scholarship recipient

"Having this scholarship makes me feel like I belong here, like my goal is realistic, that people believe what I do matters."

*Haeryeong “Harry” Cheong

*Haeryeong “Harry” Cheong, animal science major
Lt. Rawlins Merit Scholarship recipient

“As an international student, this award means so much to me. International students usually pay more to attend college in California, and we don’t have many opportunities to work off campus. Plus, as a pre-vet major, I have a lot of schooling still ahead of me.”

Jenessa Ramirez

Jenessa Ramirez, English and history double major
Paradise Merit Scholarship recipient

“I was in awe, to know people who don’t even know who I am are rooting for me. It blew my mind to know that people believed in me. They don’t know if I am going to flunk out tomorrow, but they believe that I can be successful—and that makes me believe in myself.”