Chico State Giving Day

Giving Day at Chico State

Wow—so many 'Cats gave back!

Because of the love and support of more than 2,400 Chico State alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends, our GivingDay effort was a tremendous success—our Wildcat family gave 3,029 gifts for a total of more than $320,000! These donations to 142 departments, programs, and causes directly benefit students, faculty, staff, and our community.

With the utmost gratitude and sincerity: THANK YOU for supporting the people and programs that make this University world-class.

Featured Funds

Student leaders throw their hands up in celebration
Chico State Fund Supporting Excellence and Innovation

Goal: $25,000

Cause: Last year the Chico State Fund, the university’s excellence and innovation fund, distributed more than $120,000 to meet the University's greatest needs—helping students conduct undergraduate research, supporting tutoring programs, funding labs on campus, supporting sustainability education, and providing for our student’s basic needs, along with other important initiatives. This year we are aiming even higher. Your support is one of the most impactful actions you can take to ensure the success of our students.


Person unpacks a box of vegetables in the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry
Chico Cares

Goal: $75,000

Cause: Help the Chico State Basic Needs Project provide nutritious supplemental food through the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry, short-term emergency housing, and emergency grants for students experiencing significant financial stress, including students impacted by the Camp Fire.

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Wildcat Athletics

Goal: $95,000

Cause: Support our student-athletes as our 13 intercollegiate teams compete to raise money for their greatest needs—new equipment, gear, scholarships, and more! Give to one or more of your favorite teams today!

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BSS Dare to Achieve Scholarship

Goal: $3,000

Cause: The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dare to Achieve Scholarship recognizes dedicated BSS students who have a demonstrated financial need for support and dedication to serving their community.


Four students work together with laptops in the BSSC
Business Student Success Center

Goal: $5,000

Match: Gifts matched up to $5,000 by Marti Sutton ('92).

Cause: The Business Student Success Center offers free tutoring, professional development workshops, club grants, awards, career development opportunities, and so much more to students in the College of Business.

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Tehama Group Communications

Goal: $3,000

Cause: Chico State’s student-managed public relations agency Tehama Group Communications offers students with an intensive hands-on experience working with clients in an agency setting. Help keep TGC running and allows students to take on non-profit clients.

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Support Chemistry and Biochemistry Research

Goal: $25,000

Cause: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is raising funds to support its student summer research scholarships and modernizing its lab equipment and instrumentation offerings. 

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Engineering Equipment Wishlist

Goal: $10,000

Cause: Help the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management purchase cutting-edge equipment that will give students the hands-on educational opportunities that mirror experiences they will have as professionals.

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High school students students examine produce at the FFA Field Day
Teachers in Agriculture Education

Goal: $10,000

Match: Gifts matched up to $5,000 by Carolyn Freese ('65).

Cause: Credential students are the future of agricultural education in California and beyond. With your support, we can reduce financial barriers that prevent student teachers from achieving their goals.


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HFA Dean's Fund for Excellence

Goal: $5,000

Cause: The College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean’s Fund for Excellence aims to meet the unique operational needs of the college, and to support the recruitment of students to the arts and humanities majors. 


Additional Funds

Accounting Students’ Endowment for Strategic Initiatives (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: Your gift to the Accounting Students Endowment for Strategic Initiatives is strictly designated to support specific accounting student career placement activities such as ensuring the Chico accounting students are able to interact with professionals at technical meetings, socials, and other recruiting events.

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American Indian Graduation Celebration and Student Activities (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: Did you know that American Indian students have the highest post-secondary dropout rate? One contributing factor is not having a sense of belonging or visibility on college campuses.  The Tribal Relations Office is working to create that by acknowledging our students educational milestones, accomplishments, and hosting on-campus opportunities for our Native students to share who they are.


Art & Art History—3D Printer

Cause: State-of-the-art 3D printing technology is inspiring the artists, interior architects, and the makers of tomorrow, and it’s time we joined them. The purchase of a state-of-the-art resin 3D printer will make art and design projects come alive! 

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Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Outdoor Education Program (Goal: $1,000)

Cause: BCCER's Outdoor Education Program inspires youth to fall in love with nature and to develop a lifelong relationship with the environment. These mostly 3rd and 4th graders get a hands-on science lesson while having fun. This year’s programming will focus on fire mitigation, ecology, and fire prevention. Your support allows us to evolve our experiential Outdoor Education Program and offer free bussing to all schools impacted by the Camp Fire.

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Center for Entrepreneurship (Goal: $3,000)

Cause: Help the Center for Entrepreneurship bring successful alumni back to campus, host student competitions, connect students to vital resources and help them acquire funding. When you donate, you help the Center provide student entrepreneurs with: education, mentorship and student startup support.

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Center for Excellence in Finance (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: Help establish a financial wellness clinic on Chico State campus, which will provide free and accessible peer and professional financial counseling, education, and coaching services, and offer budgeting tools and financial literacy workshops to students, faculty, staff, and other community members in need. 

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Center for Healthy Communities (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: CHC is almost completely grant funded to implement programs that address hunger, healthy eating, active living, and health equity. Your gift will support in ways that our grants cannot, including internship stipends, costs for conferences and professional development and funding for student research.

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Center for Mathematics and Science Education (Goal: $5,000)

Match: Gifts matched up to $5,000

Cause: Center for Mathematics and Science Education is a non-profit liaison between the University, colleges, K-12 schools, and the business community in the areas of mathematics and science education. With your support, CMSE can grow our offerings for hands-on experience in our Learning Lab for North State elementary school students, and also for the teaching experiences available to Chico State students.

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Center for the Public Understanding of Religion ($2,625)

Cause: Support "Voices of Religion in the North State," a three-part lecture series on Sikhs, Hindus, and Muslims in Northern California. Help Chico State students develop as leaders in California by supporting a religious diversity series. These talks will help dispel stereotypes and deepen understanding of these groups that have deep roots in our state. 

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Center for Water and the Environment (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: Help support the Big Chico Creek Watershed Tour (BCCWT). The BCCWT is an innovative project that provides a multidisciplinary learning experience to students from across university departments about the Big Chico Creek watershed and how it relates to California's water, climate, and sustainable resource issues. 

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Chico State Accounting Society (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: Our mission is to bring accounting students, professors, and professionals together in business and social environments, in order to enhance the skills and knowledge that are necessary to become successful in the field of accounting. 

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Chico State SAE Baja (Goal: $2,000)

Cause: Chico State Baja designs, builds, markets, tests, and races a 10-horsepower off-road race buggy in a collegiate design competition. Through program, students get the opportunity to obtain real world experience in many valuable fields such as engineering, marketing, financing, project management, advertising, etc. The funds raised will help our team get to competition and build our car. 

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Chico State Sport Clubs (Goals: $25,000)

Cause:The Collegiate Sport Clubs Program provides students the opportunity to participate in competitive sports against other intercollegiate teams and represent Chico State, as a means to enhance their collegiate experience and provide a vehicle for a well-rounded education through physical, social, and leadership development. Your financial support can assist our Sport Clubs in areas such as equipment purchases, travel costs, facility rentals, uniforms, and much more. 


Chico State Wind Ensemble and Concert Band ($2,500)

Cause: Your gift will help prepare music students by supporting their need for appropriate concert attire. As the Band Program does not have concert uniforms of its own to loan to musicians, students are required to purchase their concert attire out of pocket. In many cases, this is the largest expense for students, and can often hinder them from participating in an ensemble experience they love.

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Community Legal Information Center (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: CLIC provides clinical experience for students seeking a hands-on experience in an on-campus legal clinic while providing free legal information and assistance to clients in the North State and beyond. Almost 200 students provide legal help and information to over 12,000 clients each year. We want to continue to do this work and need the help in covering our overhead costs.

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Computer Animation and Game Development (Goal: $1,500)

Cause: Computer Animation and Game Development is a tech-based major, making it incredibly important to keep our technology up to date. The department is extremely dedicated to giving students an extensive and professional portfolio, presentation skills and real lab experience to help them succeed in their respective fields, but we need your help so students can thrive and be competitive in the industry. 

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Department of English (Goal: $7,500)

Cause: Students in Chico State's English major work closely with faculty on timely, innovative research and writing projects, and are actively encouraged to submit their work to conferences and professional meetings, where they can meet in person leading scholars, writers, and researchers. Their excitement is often tempered by the fear that the costs for traveling will prohibit them from being able to attend.  

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Department of History (Goal: $1,600)

Cause: History should never be limited to the classroom—it’s all around us. Support History students as they participate in immersion trips and conferences that broaden their knowledge and let them experience history beyond the classroom.   

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Gateway Science Museum (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: Gateway Science Museum hosts engaging hands on traveling exhibitions, features programming about our region, and offers STEM education to people of all ages. Help us continue our current programming which includes student field trips, interactive science exhibits, and engaging STEM activities for all ages. All gifts matched!

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Geological and Environmental Sciences (Goal: $26,095)

Cause: Chico State's scanning electron microscope currently allows students to run a high-tech instrument themselves, and to acquire qualitative data on a wide variety of materials to answer a range of research questions. By to upgrading the microscope's energy-dispersive spectrometer to a research-grade instrument, we will be at the forefront of research in the North State, giving our students opportunities usually limited to major research universities. 

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Graduate Education (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: Help Graduate Studies break down financial barriers and build on our grad students’ success. Your gift supports awards for graduate student research, professional conferences, teaching assistantships, tuition waivers, and student-organized. Graduate deans will match every dollar up to $1,000!

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International Education (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: Study Abroad and International Exchange (SAIE) is asking for funds to support scholarships for study abroad. These funds will allow greater access for students to participate in a study abroad programs including faculty-led sessions and summer programs while still progressing toward their degree at Chico State.


Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers (LEAD) (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: Did you know that there is approximately 300–500 undocumented students currently attending CSU, Chico? With the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in question, many students face uncertainty. LEAD is fundraising for scholarships, textbooks, groceries, medical emergencies and housing to support undocumented students in need.

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Department of Management—Redding Degree Program (Goal: $2,500)

Cause: The College of Business is excited to offer the management option for business majors to students at Shasta College in Redding. Students transferring to Chico State can complete their business degree without traveling to Chico if they specialize in the management option.


Men of Chico (Goal: $10,000)

Cause: A University program that aims to empower, guide, and support men of color at CSU, Chico, Men of Chico seeks to instill a sense of cultural, communal, and academic esteem in order to produce scholarly-astute change agents. In order to prepare them, we want to provide our students with professional attire at little to no cost. 

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Middle East Art Conference (Goal: $2,000)

Cause: Creativity and Adaptive Leadership in the Middle East and North Africa (CALMENA) celebrates cultural diversity and seeks to bridge divisions within the Middle East and North Africa, through dialogue and mutual understanding in order to cultivate scholarship, adaptive leadership, and cultural literacy. Help CALMENA fund the next Middle East Art Conference in fall 2019.


Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS) (Goal: $2,000)

Cause: Change the World Award recognizes MCGS graduates who have made substantial contributions to social justice efforts while at Chico State and aid them in their transition into their chosen social justice profession.

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North State Symphony (Goal: $25,000)

Cause: From the orchestral scores to the amazing guest artists, to our talented and dedicated musicians, the North State Symphony relies on donations to make the whole symphony experience possible. Concert ticket sales cover less than half our operating expenses. With your help we are able to provide four classical Masterworks concerts, the Explore Music! educational program, POPs concerts, and more, every year. 

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Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: Help bring a diverse group of professional speakers to engage with members of the campus community about their unique complex and identities. With your contribution, this event will give participants the opportunity to learn and understand issues related to diverse environments. It will also create the possibility for students to learn how to become allies to each other and the community.

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The Orion (Goal: $2,500)

Cause: The Orion is an independent, Pacemaker Award winning student-run news source. Every Wednesday, we provide broad, in-depth coverage of university news, sports, features and entertainment in our weekly paper and daily content on our website. The Orion’s goal is to build journalistic excellence at Chico State by striving to inspire our readers to think critically, with complete, accurate and unbiased journalism.

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PATH Scholars (Goal: $5,000)

Cause: PATH Scholars supports the higher educational goals of current and former foster youth, as well as unaccompanied homeless minors. In addition to academic support, we promote the success and connectedness of our students by offering emergency funds and hosting social/cultural events. With your support, we can ensure that students thrive, rather than just survive, during their college experience.

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Rural SimCenter (Goal: 35,000)

Cause: No parent should arrive at the hospital with a sick infant and hear “Can we practice on your baby?” Healthcare students and teams need to tools to be able to provide excellent care without practicing on real patients. With simulation students can learn and practice on robotic simulators with lifelike features and movements. We are hoping to raise funds for an infant simulator.

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Science Education (Goal: $14,250)

Cause: Scholarships provide future science teachers the opportunity to gain confidence and knowledge in their ability to conduct evidence-based science education research to inform and model best practices in science teaching and learning. Our goal is to raise funds for five full scholarships each funding eight weeks of student summer research and one conference presentation.

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Student Learning Center (Goal: $2,500)

Cause: The Student Learning Center (SLC) provides free tutoring to Chico State students and is certified through the College Reading & Learning Association. To ensure students are getting the help they need, we provide intense and specialized training for our student staff. The SLC operating budget doesn’t support materials associated with training and outreach. Your donation can go a long way in helping us provide more specialized training.


Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology (Goal: $1,550)

Cause: Send a child to summer camp! Help a child have a summer they will never forget at the Anthropology Museum’s Summer Camp Program. The camp is a unique program in our community that provides hands-on experience with artifacts to learn about history, science, art, culture and geography in a museum setting.


Wildcat Racing (Goal: $9,000)

Cause: An automotive engineering club at a school without an official automotive program presents a unique set of challenges: Our racing systems knowledge is largely self taught, our workspace is less than ideal, and our storage locations are not secure. Designing and building our car every year would not be possible without the support of our generous donors and sponsors.

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