Giving at Chico State

Ways to Give

There are many ways to give to Chico State. Some gifts make an immediate impact today, while others act as an investment in the future. Our diverse giving opportunities offer immediate tax benefits or allow you to spread your giving over time. All have the power to help Chico State students do what they love and dare to do it in their own way.

The easiest and quickest way to contribute is to make a gift online with a credit or debit card.

Send a gift by mail or pay over the phone.

Get your donations matched by your employer.

Automatically donate monthly or yearly.

Gife a gift as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning.

Gain special benefits for donating more than $1,500 in a given year.

Chico State employees can make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction gift.

Crypto gifts are tax efficient and can save you money.

A method that may offer the most significant tax savings for some people.

Avoid capital gains tax by giving appreciated stock or asset.

Give by Mail or Phone

To send a gift by mail, please make your check payable to the University Foundation and put the designation or program name in the memo line (if known).

Mailing Address
Gift Processing – 0999
California State University, Chico
400 W. 1st St
Chico, CA 95928

You may also make a credit card gift by phone by calling Gift Services at 530-898-4488 during regular business hours.

Employer Sponsored Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions to the University made by their employees. Generally, the employee must complete and sign a form provided by their company. Check with your employer or type your company name in this search box to find the procedures for company.

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Recurring Donation

Set it and forget it! Setting up a recurring monthly or yearly credit card donation helps provide sustaining support for the program your choice and ensures they can count on you. This level of regular support allows programs to plan ahead and truly maximize your impact on student success.

Simply select, “I would like to make this a recurring gift” in Step 3 of the giving form and select your frequency (e.g. monthly, quarterly, or yearly).

If you would like to make changes to an existing recurring gift, contact Gift Services at 530-898-4488 or

Planned Giving Opportunities

With a planned gift, you can take care of yourself and take care of Chico State. Planned giving involves providing for a future gift to Chico State through your financial and estate plans. The university welcomes gifts made through different planned giving arrangements.

Visit our planned giving website.

Leadership Giving

Leadership donors elevate our academic success and advance our regional impact by supporting a multitude of areas. 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 and may be eligible to join the Women’s Philanthropy Council, gaining access to special benefits.

Learn more about our leadership giving programs.

Payroll Deductions for Chico State Employee Giving

Employees of Chico State, Associated Students, or the Chico State Enterprises can make a monthly pre-tax payroll deduction gift. Complete the payroll deduction form (PDF) and send to University Advancement Services at campus zip code 0155.

Please note: Your payroll deduction gift will take the State Controller’s Office approximately two pay periods (60 days) to process. Payroll deductions will be labeled as “Assoc Dues” on your paycheck.

Donate Cryptocurrency

Chico State accepts gifts in more than 70 cryptocurrencies, including popular ones like Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), etc. The IRS classifies cryptocurrencies as property, so cryptocurrency donations to 501(c)3 organizations like our University Foundation receive the same tax treatment as stocks. Donating cryptocurrency is a non-taxable event, meaning you do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount and can deduct it on your taxes.

Learn more about these benefits and on our cryptocurrency donation page.

Donate Cryptocurrency

Make an IRA Direct Disbursement

If you are over the age of 70 ½ and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), then a gift from your account may provide the most significant tax savings of any charitable contribution. While you are eligible to make this gift starting at 70 ½, when you turn 72 you must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from your IRA, and a donation to Chico State can qualify as part of the required minimum.

To make a gift of this type please contact or 530-898-4488. They can also answer any questions you might have.

Direct your fund manager to make the disbursement payable to the University Foundation and put the designation or program name in the memo line (if known) and mail to:

Gift Processing – 0999,
California State University, Chico
400 W. 1st St
Chico, CA 95928

Donate Appreciated Assets

By giving appreciated stock that you’ve held for more than a year, you receive a double tax benefit. You avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation that would be due upon sale and you can receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full value of the stock.

We often receive gifts of securities without any donor-identifying information. If you plan to transfer securities, please contact gift services at or 530-898-4488.