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Philanthropic Foundation

Per Governor Newsom's Stay at Home Executive Order, the Philanthropic Foundation office is now being coordinated remotely during the temporary suspension of all non-essential on-campus operations as of Friday, March 20. The Philanthropic Foundation staff will continue to operate virtually during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), and can be reached at or (909) 537-5004.

For questions regarding your scholarship thank-you letter or to submit your scholarship thank-you letter, please email us at

About the CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation 

The CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation was created in 2011 as the charitable successor to The Foundation for California State University, San Bernardino. The prior foundation was established in 1995 and served as the primary auxiliary to the university, promoting charitable giving and supporting the enterprise operations.

The Philanthropic Foundation board is comprised of volunteer directors, including community members and university leadership. The directors provide CSUSB with expertise, regional knowledge, fiduciary oversight and advocacy focused on enhancing the role of private giving in achieving the mission of the university.

The Foundation works closely with, and is supported in its fundraising efforts by, the division of University Advancement.

Philanthropic Mission

The CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation is a non-profit corporation chartered solely to support, benefit and advance the mission of California State University, San Bernardino.

The Foundation will actively pursue opportunities to promote the University, support fund-raising and build strong community relationships. 

The Foundation will encourage gifts and financial support while creating learning opportunities for students, alumni and the community that complement the University's teaching, research and public service goals driven by intellectual interaction and creativity.

Why Give?

Founded in 1960 and opened for classes in 1965, CSUSB currently enrolls more than 17,500 students and employs more than 2,100 faculty and staff. Like many public institutions, CSUSB was fully supported by the state of California for decades. This ended in the early 1990s, when the university was expected to raise a portion of its own funding. 

Currently, state funds cover about 60 percent of the cost of educating CSUSB students. About 30 percent more comes from student fees and other sources. In large part, the remaining funding comes from gifts from alumni and friends of CSUSB, private foundations and corporations. 

Serving two of the fastest growing counties in the nation (San Bernardino and Riverside), CSUSB uses these additional dollars to help support scholarships, professorships and fellowships in all academic disciplines, college programs, research efforts, and the growing demand for facilities to support our students.Without this philanthropic support, many programs and academic opportunities would be reduced. 

In light of our state's continuing fiscal challenges, the university depends upon its donors more than ever before to help educate tomorrow's leaders, teachers, business people, scientists and artists who will make a lasting difference in our community for years to come.

Contact Us

CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, AD-104
San Bernardino, CA 92407
Phone: (909) 537-7769
Fax: (909) 537-7017

Tax ID: 45-2255077


Robert J. Nava
Executive Director, CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation
Vice President, University Advancement
Phone: (909) 537-5004

Monica Alejandre
Secretary, CSUSB Philanthropic Foundation
Associate Vice President, Advancement Services & Operations 
Phone: (909) 537-5644

Socorro Pantoja
Executive Assistant to the Vice President
University Advancement
Phone: (909) 537-5004


Additional staff support is provided through University Advancement - Meet the Staff