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Since 1998, Women & Philanthropy has furnished donors with rewarding opportunities to work collaboratively, alongside other accomplished and dedicated women and men, to assist CSULB students who are returning to campus to complete their undergraduate degrees or whose majors require participation in costly or time-intensive research or creative activities. To date, donors of Women & Philanthropy have raised (through private donations) and awarded more than $450,000 to over 200 deserving junior- and senior-level students selected to receive re-entry or creative-research scholarships.

Donors also generously contribute their time by mentoring students, serving on advisory boards, engaging in discussions with faculty about discipline-specific needs, and hosting/attending donorship events. Women & Philanthropy donors represent a wide range of interests, professions, and backgrounds, but they are all united in their commitment to The Beach, to supporting student success, and, in particular, to putting transformative learning opportunities within reach of historically underrepresented students. 

All of the funds raised through member contributions are used for student scholarships.

More reasons to support Women & Philanthropy

Donors to CSULB’s Women & Philanthropy contribute immeasurably to the personal growth of our students in other ways as well. Many of our donors are mentors for students, donors of campus advisory boards and boosters for athletic programs

Women & Philanthropy creates opportunities for students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic success, intellectual curiosity, innovative spirit that stimulates creative and scientific research, and financial need. Through scholarships, our donors help expand the boundaries of cancer research, ensure a pipeline of highly qualified professionals for various businesses, entertainment and healthcare professions, and make students more competitive in today’s global market.

A Growing Need

Today, philanthropy plays a crucial role at CSULB, just as it does on college campuses throughout the country. In particular, the success of our students—35 percent of whom are first-generation college students—depends increasingly on the availability of privately funded scholarships. In an era of state disinvestment in public higher education, many students are forced to take on the burden of significant debt to earn their degrees—or are discouraged from pursuing their college dreams altogether. “Declining state support has caused a dramatic shift in the share of … expenses paid for by students and the government,” confirmed policy analyst Robert Hiltonsmith in 2015. Although The Beach is nationally recognized (by Forbes and Kiplinger, among others) as a “best value” public college, the reality is that many students simply would be unable to afford the cost of a CSULB education without the support of partners like Women & Philanthropy.

The Impact of Your Investment

Time after time, grateful scholarship recipients tell us that it was private support that made it possible for them to stay in college during a personal crisis, or allowed them to participate more fully in campus life, or gave them the confidence and freedom to pursue a challenging course of study. Through their contributions of time and financial resources, donors to Women & Philanthropy give deserving students the support they need to complete their degrees, to expand the boundaries of undergraduate research, and to weather unexpected financial crises. This, in turn, benefits not only the scholarship recipients themselves, but also their families, workplaces, and communities—and all of us who are inspired by their persistence and determination.

Donor Benefits

Donors receive invitations to the spring Scholarship Reception and to a variety of other campus and social events. There may also be opportunities to work directly with the scholarship committee and/or with students as we cheer them on toward their goals. Additionally, you will enjoy getting to know a talented team of dedicated educators and administrators, including: 

Jackie O’Day, Staff Liaison ∼ Jackie began her CSULB career in 2007, working on alumni events; in her current role, she oversees Women & Philanthropy, a group that provides scholarships to re-entry students, as well as the newly formed Orange County and South Bay regional councils.

Lea Lowe, Chair ∼ Lea was a divorced mother of two when she became a re-entry student at Cypress College. After graduating from CSULB, she worked in healthcare administration, ending her 40-year career as CEO of a multi-million-dollar medical research organization.

There are a variety reasons to support Women & Philanthropy, but our donors agree that one of the greatest rewards is the satisfaction of knowing that their participation has a direct and positive impact on the lives of deserving CSULB students. Please consider joining us as we strive to build a better future for them—and for our campus and community. Whatever form it takes, your enthusiastic involvement and support is greatly appreciated by our students, by our donors, and by the campus at large. 

Support Now

We gladly accept donations of any amount that will directly support student scholarships!