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It Takes a Titan to Raise $37 Million … During a Pandemic

Cal State Fullerton Enjoys a Record-Breaking Fundraising Year
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Just before the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a virtual lockdown of Orange County, Cal State Fullerton launched its first comprehensive fundraising campaign to raise $200 million in philanthropic support over seven years. Yet even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the university achieved a record-breaking year, bringing in $37,027,576 to close the fiscal year.

“When the pandemic first hit, things were so uncertain and confusing,” said Greg Saks, vice president for university advancement. “And yet, we never lost faith in our ability to work closely with our supporters and friends. Our battle cry of ‘It Takes a Titan’ truly epitomizes the work of this university.”

In addition to raising more than $37 million, virtually every goal that was set was not only achieved but exceeded. Other major accomplishments included:

  • Growing the number of major gifts, foundation proposals and planned gifts
  • Growing CSUF’s alumni donor base for the seventh year in a row
  • Meeting donor goals for alumni, individuals, parents, and the annual class gift
  • Celebrating the single largest gift in university history — the planned $10 million gift of Nicholas and Lee Begovich
  • Completing five straight years with fundraising totals over $21 million (and three over $24 million)
  • Achieving records highs in the endowment and total assets of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation

“When we began planning the comprehensive campaign, nobody envisioned that mere months after the formal launch, classes would be held online and the vast majority of faculty and staff working from home,” Saks said.  “But to their credit, the campus and donor community realized that their support during this time of crisis was more important than ever … and they delivered in spectacular fashion. We are so grateful for their continued support.”

Contact: Valerie Orleans,