Year-end gifts support students throughout 2013

  • October 8, 2012

As the year draws to a close, many donors are making a final run through their list of charitable organizations that accomplish the good work they want to see in their community. 

Cal State East Bay encourages donors to think of students this holiday season and make a gift to the university’s Annual Fund that will support their successful return to school in 2013.

Although the University will be closed December 24, 2012 until January 2, 2013, donors can continue to make gifts that will be counted in the 2012 tax year. All gifts made or postmarked by Dec. 31 are eligible for 2012 tax deductions and can be used right away to benefit students and academic programs, said Kate Shaheed, Director of Annual Fund and Giving Programs.

Scholarships are particularly crucial at CSUEB, where approximately 60 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid. “Our commitment to keeping a high-quality college experience accessible to as many students as possible has never been more important,” Shaheed said.

Recently, donors provided support to students close to graduation through the “Save Our Students” scholarship fund. Pioneer Athletics also recognized the first recipients of the Richard and Susan Sherratt athletic scholarships. In October, the university established a new fund in honor of President Leroy Morishita, the Presidential Pioneer Scholarship Endowment. The president and his wife have pledged to match gifts made to that endowment up to $50,000.

To make a gift by mail, download a gift form (PDF). Checks should be made payable to The Cal State East Bay Educational Foundation and mailed to California State University, East Bay, University Advancement, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542.

Checks postmarked prior to Dec. 31 will be recorded for December 2012 for tax benefit purposes and processed in the new year. All donors will receive gift receipts by the end of January.

Cal State East Bay's secure online giving site will be available throughout the university's holiday break and is the only way to use a credit card and receive a 2012 deduction while university offices are closed.

For questions during the closure, donors may contact Anthony Macias, Director of Planned and Major Gifts, at 650-743-4834. To make a gift of securities, please contact Debbie Chaw, Director of Advancement, at for account information. For more information about giving to CSUEB, contact University Advancement staff at

Gifts to Cal State East Bay are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In accordance with university and Educational Foundation policy, a portion of all gifts is retained for gift administration and to encourage private support of the University.

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