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About Us Overview

The CSU, Chico Research Foundation was incorporated in 1997 following a reorganization  of the responsibilities of the University Foundation.  The University Foundation was incorporated in 1940 as an auxiliary organization authorized by the Education Code of the State of California and currently is responsible for fundraising and philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the University.  The Research Foundation has assumed responsibility for grants and contracts administration for the campus along with entrepreneurial activities.  It is governed by a 12-member Board of Directors consisting of campus administration, faculty, a student, and members of the community.  The Foundation Executive Director is responsible to the Board of Directors for the administration of Foundation activities and to the University administration for adherence to campus policy.

As a public non-profit corporation, the Foundation is self-financed and receives no state appropriations.  Foundation employees are not state employees.  The Foundation's financial and personnel structures, while designed to serve the campus, are distinct from those of the University, and operational practices may vary from those of the campus.  The Foundation must conform to non-profit corporation laws as well as the regulations and directives issued by the Trustees of the California State University.

The purpose of the Foundation is to help develop and administer those activities that aid and supplement the educational mission of CSU, Chico.  As an auxiliary organization of CSU, Chico, the Foundation provides service functions.  As a non-profit corporation, it facilitates the work of campus units and provides alternatives to state procedures.  The Foundation administers hundreds of projects annually with annual revenues of about $34 million.  The Foundation employs more than 2,000 employees over the course of the year, in the form of 170 regular employees with full-benefits status, and 45-600 other temporary, part-time, and student employees during any particular pay period throughout the course of the year.

The Foundation serves the University in the following major areas:

  • Solicits and manages externally funded projects orientated toward research, education, or public service, and which present opportunities for scholarship, creative activity and professional development.
  • Provides a source of supplemental income and discretionary funds to support University needs, such as Faculty Incentive funds and activities which cannot be supported by State funds.
  • Operates academically-related enterprises such as the University Farm and operates public radio station KCHO serving northern California.
  • Acts as a fiscal agent for numerous campus programs - such as Regional and Continuing Education, University Public Events, and the revenue-generating special projects of university departments- and provides gift administration services of the University Foundation.
  • Funds and manages various ecological preserves, as well as property acquired for investment purposes or to provide space for university programs.
  • Offers expertise and resources to communities in the University's regional service area by enabling such programs as the Center for Economic Development, the Geographical Information Center, the Satellite Education Network, Passages and KCHO.