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Campaign Update


84% of 50 million goal


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

The start of the new academic year is always a time for reflection and looking to the future at Cal State San Marcos.

We had much to celebrate at CSUSM this summer as the clock turned from one “year” to the next. Individuals, corporations and foundations have already helped us raise more than $42 million, putting us more than 84 percent of the way toward our $50 million goal!

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.

The start of the new academic year means we have officially entered the final 15 months of our campaign.

I look forward on Dec. 31, 2018 to not just celebrating a New Year but also the completion of an ambitious goal that has been years in the making. With your continued support, I have no doubt we will reach our goal.

Please visit our campaign website to learn more about the impact donors are having on CSUSM. Thank you for your continued support.

Cathy Baur
Vice President University Advancement


93% - $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
banking on success

Banking on Success

Alumni and friends helped raise $167,000 to support scholarships, student programming and the professional development of faculty at Cal State San Marcos’ annual gala on June 3. The black-tie affair, co-hosted by President Karen Haynes and the CSUSM Foundation Board, was celebrated with a “Monopoly” theme inspired by the classic Hasbro board game. “Tonight, we come together as more than individuals celebrating a great university,” Haynes told attendees. “We come together as a community that deeply values the transformative impact of higher education.” Relive the evening’s festivities by watching this video …


86% 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
Malin and Roberta Burnham

Boon for Business

Philanthropists Malin and Roberta Burnham made a $225,000 gift through the Burnham Foundation to establish the Burnham Leadership Experience in Cal State San Marcos’ College of Business Administration. The gift will fund three teams of students in the Senior Experience Program every semester in perpetuity. While nearly half of the Senior Experience Program projects completed by CSUSM students have been for nonprofit organizations, the Burnham Leadership Experience will open the door for additional nonprofits that may not otherwise be able to afford the Senior Experience Program fee. Read more about the Burnham Leadership Experience …


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

Increasing Wellness

The National Latino Research Center received a grant of $170,000 over two years from the San Diego Grantmakers’ Social Equity Collaborative Fund. Semillas de Libertad supports formerly incarcerated individuals in San Diego with a focus on underserved North County through a holistic, intensive educational curriculum that integrates culturally relevant education and legal approaches with the aim of increasing students’ wellness and reentry success. Learn more about the NLRC …