Office of University Development

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Ways to Support SF State

It’s important that you choose a way of contributing that is right for you.

Below are ways to help SF State to ensure accessibility and excellence in higher education – especially as state support continues to decrease (click on the links below to get more details):


Cash and Pledges
Stocks and Bonds
Real estate and Appreciated Assets

About Planned Giving
In-Kind Gifts and Services
For Corporations and Foundations
Types of General and Named Funds

  1. University Fund and Dean’s Funds
  2. Scholarships 
  3. Endowments
  4. Innovation Funds
  5. Donor Advised Funds
  6. Tributes and Memorials 

 

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Cash and Pledges
Gifts of cash may be made online, credit card or by personal or cashier's check made payable to San Francisco State University. While outright gifts are appreciated, a pledge may be arranged for up to five years and paid annually, quarterly or monthly via check or by credit card.  Click here to make a gift today, online or by mail; or call the Development Office at 415/338-1042.  THANKS!

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Stocks and Bonds
By giving stocks, mutual funds or bonds you may avoid paying substantial capital gains taxes and can deduct the full value of your gift from federal taxes. The following form is available for your convenience: Securities Transfer Request Form; or call the Development Office at 415/338-1042.

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Real Estate and appreciated assets
We can help make it easy to donate your home, other real estate, and any appreciated asset such as fine art. We’ll help guide you through any liquidation arrangements, including handling all the sales if you prefer.  Real estate and appreciated assets may be donated outright, as well as through planned giving.  Whether you want to make an outright donation or planned gift of any asset, or a combination, please call our resident expert in these matters, Director of Planned Giving Thomas A. Mullaney, Esq. at 415/338-7460 or mullaney@sfsu.edu

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About Planned Giving
Planned gifts are particularly attractive, especially to SF State alumni and friends who live in the Bay Area or other regions where real estate appreciation has increased exponentially over the last few decades.  In addition to including SF State in your will, it’s possible to establish an annuity or other income-bearing arrangement that actually benefits you and possibly your heirs, and at the same time benefits SF State!  Click here to learn more about planned giving or contact Director of Planned Giving Thomas A. Mullaney, Esq. at 415/338-7460; mullaney@sfsu.edu

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In-Kind Gifts and Services
The value of a gift in kind is tax-deductible, and may include a range of tangible personal property and/or services such as furniture and equipment, personal libraries, donated services, etc.  Call 415/338-1042 or email us, and we’ll help match your potential donation with a particular need at SF State. 

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For Corporations and Foundations
Corporate sponsorships and program support are on the rise at the University (click here for more), while foundations have long partnered with SF State (see foundation information). 

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Types of General and Named Funds

All of the giving opportunities below may be funded with outright gifts, bequests or other types of planned gifts.  All are fully tax-deductible. For more information see below, click here to send an email, or call 415/338-1042.

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University Fund and Dean’s Funds.  Current use gifts to the University Fund, along with unrestricted endowment donations, enable San Francisco State University's leaders to anticipate and respond to the many challenges and opportunities on the horizon.  Similar funds, often known as "Dean’s Funds," are available at the college level, as well as department and program discretionary funds. State funding is restricted, and dropping.  More than ever, the University counts on private support to help ensure adequate financial assistance for as many students as possible, encourage research and innovation among our faculty and students, as well as to provide relevant, state of the art facilities.  

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Scholarships. There are many established scholarship funds from which to choose, from athletics to general need. Scholarships are endowment funds that grow over time to keep pace with tuition and fee increases. In addition to supporting existing scholarship funds, some donors choose to establish new named scholarship endowments. Currently a $200,000 endowment will generate enough income to cover annual tuition, fees, some living expenses and grow to keep ahead of estimated cost increases. $25,000 is the minimum donation to establish any named endowed fund. 

Learn more about new Students First Campaign for Student Support.

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Endowments. An endowment to establish a named scholarship, chair, fellowship, or a fund to perpetually strengthen any program at the University, ensures that SF State  will continue to achieve its objectives – especially the ones about which you care most.  Due to restrictions on waning state support, the actual day to day experience of our students, and their faculty, are enriched through major gifts, and especially through named endowments of $25,000 or more.  With the perpetual income generated by your named endowment, you will influence the future through the graduates shaped by your visionary generosity.

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Innovation Funds. Deans, department chairs and program directors welcome the investment of alumni and friends in their creative vision, as well as that of their students and faculty.  Your contribution to an innovation fund will make possible invaluable joint student-faculty research for undergraduates, one way SF State distinguishes itself, as well as on the graduate level. SF State innovation funds encourage our scholars to open new vistas in teaching innovations, curriculum development, and applied research that not only provide training but often address pressing community needs.  This type of critical funding is generally not available from the state. Our groundbreaking initiatives increasingly serve as models that are disseminated well beyond the Bay Area.

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Donor Advised Funds. SF State now provides an option that a growing number of donors prefer.  With a minimum contribution of $25,000 or more, as a current interest-bearing account and or as an endowment, through your named Donor Advised Fund you can decide annually what you’re interested in supporting at the University.  It’s a creative and easy way to get more involved personally to help SF State fulfill its mission. 

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Tributes and Memorials. Honor someone special, as either a living tribute or a memorial, by making a gift of any size in his or her name.

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