Frequently Asked Questions


Why does Chico State need a philanthropic fundraising campaign?

With small-town roots and global ambition, Chico State has been transforming lives and communities for 130 years. Despite major shifts in general fund allocations to the California State University, we have a responsibility to prepare tomorrow’s leaders and have a positive impact regionally, nationally, and globally. The goals of Chico State’s first campaign, Transform Tomorrow, align with the needs of a 21st-century education and helps you—our donors—play a major role in enhancing our academic, applied research, and public service programs.

The campaign allows us to partner with donors to offset tuition increases with new student scholarships; attract and retain leading educators with endowed faculty funds; and build state-of-the-art facilities and reliable funding streams that drive innovation across campus.

graph shows that state support has shifted from the California State University to community colleges

What is the financial goal of the campaign?

$100 million.

What gifts count as campaign gifts? Will my gift count?

In this comprehensive campaign, which commenced on July 1, 2012, we count all gifts and philanthropic grants to all areas of the University for all purposes, just as we do when we are not in a campaign. Additionally, we count pledges and qualifying bequest expectancies. 

How does a campaign differ from normal fundraising year to year?

Running a fundraising campaign gives the University a platform to energize and inspire our alumni, parents, friends, and campus community to reach beyond the limits of state support. It creates excitement, intensity, and a series of deadlines that serve as motivation to dream bigger than we have before.

What is the timeline?

There are generally three phases of a university fundraising campaign—the initial phase, the quiet/leadership phase, and the public phase. The campaign launched publicly on April 27, 2019.

How did you establish the campaign priorities?

Identifying the campaign priorities was the result of collaboration among University and philanthropic leaders. Key funding priorities emerged: empower student success through annual giving; build cutting-edge facilities; and invest in people through new endowments for scholarships, faculty fellowships, and program support.

Learn more about the Transform Tomorrow’s priorities.

How much of the University’s endowment is geared toward student support?

Approximately 600 separate funds comprise the University’s overall $64 million endowment. More than 50 percent of the endowment, or $32 million, has been set aside for student scholarships and support. Nearly 78% of CSU, Chico students receive some form of financial aid, which includes grants, work study, and loans..

Read the current University Foundation Annual Report (PDF) for more information about the endowment.

Will the campaign lower the price of student tuition?

Contributions to scholarships can offset tuition costs, with thousands of Chico State students benefitting from scholarships each year. Transform Tomorrow aims to grow the number of endowed and annual scholarships.

Will the campaign boost faculty salaries?

In a way, yes. One of the key priorities, invest in people, aims to increase the number of endowed faculty fellowships. Donors may choose to establish or contribute to professorships and/or chair positions within specific departments. While Transform Tomorrow will not raise faculty salaries across the board, increasing the number of faculty fellowships will help us attract, retain, and support faculty members.

Is the campaign funding capital projects?

Transform Tomorrow is raising funds for two new capital projects—a farm store and education center at the University Farm and a College of Business building. Additionally, the campaign is raising money to outfit and enhance the Physical Sciences Building currently under construction (opening fall 2020) and renovate spaces across campus. 

Where can I learn more about the campaign?

You can learn more about the campaign by visiting You can also receive special updates and invitations to special events by joining the Tower Society with an annual fund gift of $1,500 or more to any area on campus. If you’d like more information about supporting Transform Tomorrow with a major gift, please contact Associate Vice President for University Advancement Evelyn Buchanan at or 530-898-3679.

I have other questions about giving to Chico State—what do I do?

Contact Gift Processing at 530-898-4488 or and someone will be happy to assist you!