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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S MESSAGE

The world has changed quite a bit since California State University, Long Beach (then Los Angeles-Orange County State College) opened its doors in 1949. Our campus has changed over the years, too, evolving and expanding to meet the needs of a diverse student body and a dynamic region. The CSULB 49er Foundation carries that proud tradition forward.

Today, philanthropy plays a crucial role at CSULB, just as it does on college campuses throughout the country. Because CSULB now receives less than 30 percent of its overall budget from state appropriations, we rely increasingly on private support to maintain quality and affordability and to grow in our role as a national leader in student-centered education. With the establishment of the CSULB 49er Foundation, the university has a strong partner to help it achieve its ambitious goals.

The need for increased private support has also led to the creation of CSULB’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, which is expected to launch publicly next year. By engaging dedicated volunteer-leaders who will expand our base of support and provide skillful stewardship of donated resources, the CSULB 49er Foundation will help see the campaign through to its successful conclusion and strengthen the culture of giving on our campus.

The CSULB 49er Foundation is proud to be helping The Beach achieve its extraordinary potential. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us — and for all you do for our students and university.

Sincerely,
Andrea Taylor
Chief Executive Officer