Giving at Chico State

Giving Programs

Civic and Global engagement is one of our strategic priorities. We are working to build stronger, more vibrant communities in mutually beneficial ways to effect meaningful change in the world around us. One of the ways we accomplish this is through our giving programs.

Giving Programs allow current students, alumni, parents and friends of the university to play a meaningful role in the university’s advancement and development.

Trinity Bell Tower in Spring

Tower Society

Building a Bold Tomorrow

The Tower Society is our way to highlight and celebrate leadership giving at Chico State. Donors who give a sum total of $1,500 or more to any Chico State program or initiative within the fiscal year are automatically honored as Tower Society members, gaining access to special benefits.

Leadership donors elevate our academic success and advance our regional impact by supporting many areas, including colleges, departments, centers, student-focused initiatives, and campus amenities, such as museums and galleries.

Learn more about areas to support

Leadership Giving Levels

The total sum of your gifts during our fiscal year (July 1–June 30) are honored at the following levels.

  • Visionary - $100,000 or more
  • Philanthropist - $50,000-$99,999
  • Benefactor - $25,000-$49,999
  • Founder - $15,000-$24,999
  • Pioneer - $7,500-$14,999
  • Explorer - $3,500-$7,499
  • Leader - $1,500-$3,499
  • Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) - $150-$1,499*

Join the Tower Society by making a qualifying donation today!

Chico State Women's Philanthropy Council

About the Women's Philanthropy Council


At California State University, Chico, women have always been and continue to be a catalyst for change and empowerment. Our alumnae have transformed their communities, businesses, and lives. The Chico State Women’s Philanthropy Council will engage these women leaders to help transform the University through philanthropy and impactful programs. They will model and accelerate engagement and giving among the University’s alumni, donors, and friends. We celebrate these influential women and their vision to build awareness and support for other women.

Who are we?

The Chico State Women’s Philanthropy Council is a special philanthropic collective dedicated to the study, support, encouragement, and advocacy of women students, faculty, and programs. Members are alumnae and friends who enjoy networking opportunities, working alongside campus leadership, and building support for Chico State. The membership is a minimum gift of $1,500 with a three-year commitment. Currently, there are three annual meetings held on Zoom.

Frequently Asked Questions


For more information please contact:
Evelyn Buchanan

Associate Vice President for University Advancement

Daria Booth
Advancement Director
College of Humanities and Fine Arts

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Giving Day

Each spring, the university hosts Chico State! This annual 24-hour fundraising effort benefits dozens of campuses causes, from scholarships and student success centers to Wildcat Athletics and basic needs. With more than 100 available causes, any gift to any area will contributes toward the University’s Giving Day totals during the drive—with special goals wrapped into the day’s events.

Evelyn Buchanan, associate vice president for University Advancement, noted that Giving Day is the ideal time for current CSU, Chico students, alumni, and their families and friends to come together for a common goal.

“Giving Day offers opportunities to support the programs dear to the hearts of our campus community and to make a difference for Chico State students,” Buchanan said.

Each year Giving Day grows as we develop a culture of philanthropy on and off-campus. During the 2021 campaign, campus causes raised over $500,000!

The 2022 Giving Day is March 2nd! Mark your calendar and help us exceed the 2021 fundraising total!

Chico State Crowdfunding


Cat’s give back crowdfunding provides opportunities for everyone to give back and be engaged with causes they care about on campus. Throughout the year, we host several crowdfunding campaigns from Wildcat Athletics to Greek Week campaigns no matter what the cause or club.

Crowdfunding campaigns often run for 1-2 weeks. Campaigns rely on promotion from the members of the organization benefiting from the campaign. The goal is to reach as many people as possible because when we all do a little, we can achieve a lot!

One effective strategy in crowdfunding campaigns is providing matching or challenge gifts. For example, a donor could donate $5000 to be used as a 1:1 Matching gift or provide an incentive to reach a campaign goal like having over 50 student donors. These donations help incentivize further giving and create excitement within the campaign, while also maximizing the impact of gifts.

Student Philanthropy Council

The Student Philanthropy Council is a group of student ambassadors who understand the impact giving has at Chico State. The Student Philanthropy Council promotes the spirit of giving back among our classmates and building a culture of philanthropy at our University.

There’s no doubt that Wildcats have each other’s backs. Together, we can power change in each other’s lives. The Student Philanthropy Council is dedicated to doing just that—powering change through giving back—right here, right now. That’s why we’re raising money for student scholarships, educational programs, cultural and recreational activities, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

For information on the Student Philanthropy Council, contact Krysi Riggs