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Posted August 21, 2018

Cal State East Bay Raises $20M

Total number of donors increases 57 percent, making 2017-18 university’s largest philanthropic year to date

In the 2017-18 fiscal year, Cal State East Bay raised $20.1 million and the total number of donors increased by 57 percent, making it the university’s largest philanthropic year to date, with 2,709 donors recorded. This fundraising accomplishment will allow Cal State East Bay to continue providing financial support for students, grants for faculty research and modernizing facilities across campus.

“As I reflect on the past year, I am thrilled and humbled by the support we have received from both our internal partners — students, faculty, staff and administration — as well as our external partners, from alumni, friends and parents to foundations and corporations,” said Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita. “These individuals and organizations believe in our university, and in our mission to support a diverse student body with academically rich, culturally relevant learning experiences.”

University Advancement Vice President Bill Johnson added that with the support of donors over the past year and recent upgrades to existing collaborative learning spaces, the positive impact of donors’ gifts could already be felt across campus and beyond.

Those real-world learning opportunities are one major benefit master’s degree student Claudina Kwok says she’s experienced at Cal State East Bay. Kwok, working alongside Professor Maria Gallegos, is getting hands-on experience with the cutting-edge research tool CRISPR, a DNA-editing technology. Over the next year, she will expand her research using CRISPR to assess the impact of gene modification on alcoholic behaviors.

“Because of our partners, our students have access to research opportunities working alongside our outstanding faculty,” Johnson said. “These experiences are key to educating and supporting the next generation of community leaders and socially-engaged citizens.” 

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