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Campaign Update


85% to $50 million 

Cathy Baur, Interim Vice President University Advancement
Cathy Baur, Vice President University Advancement

Our October weather has felt more like summer than fall, but the time of year is unmistakable when you see pumpkins on front porches and store aisles filled with candy.

As we near the final stretch of our historic Forward Together campaign, we don’t need tricks – just the treat of having you as partners in supporting higher education and student success.

Your contributions are helping in countless ways to Prepare Tomorrow's Leaders, Build Great Communities and Solve Critical Issues. These campaign pillars speak to our desire to help future generations of students while CSUSM flourishes as a regional center for art, culture, research and community engagement.

Individuals, corporations, foundations and our valued employees have already helped us raise more than $42 million, putting us more than 85 percent of the way toward our $50 million goal!

I’m proud of our progress and I have no doubt we will reach our goal with your continued support.

Among our recent highlights:

  • The Epstein Family Foundation has pledged $1 million in support of CSUSM’s Veterans Center, the most significant gift in support of the University’s student veterans since the donation of the center building in 2014. Read more about the Epsteins’ gift …
  • Amid the excited roars of more than 1,000 students and fans at Cougar Madness, CSUSM’s Crash the Cougar mascot debuted with a new look, feel and attitude, ready to help athletics compete to its full potential in NCAA Division II. Learn more about the Cougar Athletic Fund …
  • The University hosted its annual Taste for Student Success, a lively outdoor festival showcasing gourmet cuisine, fine wines, craft brews and premium spirits. Proceeds support student success programs and scholarships. Watch a video recap of the event ...

Please visit our campaign website to learn more about the impact donors are having on CSUSM. And please mark your calendar for Giving Day on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Once again, Foundation Board Chair Jack Raymond is providing a generous matching gift allowing you to provide twice the support to the programs you find most meaningful.

Thank you for your continued support.

Cathy Baur

Vice President University Advancement


94% - $25 Million Goal

Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders will...

  • provide our students with critical financial and support services so that they may become the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens
  • provide our students with experiential, hands on learning that brings curriculum to life
  • provide support for capital and instructional investment to enhance the teaching and learning environment

88% Progress - $5 Million Goal

Building Great Communities...

  • expand our reach beyond the limits of physical borders and expand our ability to drive the economy of the region
  • create sustainable mechanisms to promote and support our unique efforts and services to our external communities
  • provide opportunities to enrich the lives of our region through athletics, recreation, and visual and performing arts and activities

73% Progress - $20 Million Goal

Solving Critical Issues...

  • provide support for research and related activities of our faculty directed toward critical societal problems and their solutions
  • create opportunities for collaborative partnerships to improve conditions in our region and beyond
  • provide our outstanding faculty with professional development opportunities and support for complementing best practices in research and teaching