Foundation News: April 2016


SF State Foundation News: A monthly newsletter for the board of directors

APRIL 2016

SF State students are at it again! You may recall earlier this year that two of our debate students bested the team from Harvard at a national speech and debate tournament. This month I'm pleased to tell you about another dynamic duo:  industrial design students Brandon Lopez and Eric Renard, who won first place in an international competition at Stanford. Their design called City Cart, a hybrid walker/cart, earned top marks over finalists from UC Berkeley, Stanford, Virginia Tech and institutions in Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey. Their idea is innovative and immensely practical. You can read more about it below.

Speaking of innovative, the SF State Foundation remains on the vanguard of socially responsible investing. I invite you to join me on August 25-26 when the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) holds its first California forum right on our campus. IEN is a broad-based, collaborative network advancing intentionally designed endowments through a variety of strategies (e.g., ESG integration, impact investing and shareholder engagement) that can make a significant and critical contribution to creating a healthy, just and sustainable society. I am on the planning committee, and this forum will be focused on engagement with foundation directors and a review of best practices. Our foundation will be cited as a best practice model, although we still have much work to do!


Robert J. Nava
SF State Foundation President



Two young men stand with an elderly woman

SF State students win Stanford design challenge
Congratulations to students Brandon Lopez and Eric Renard, who won first place in the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge for their walker/cart hybrid, an idea to provide better mobility for senior citizens and the disabled

Jonas Rivera stands smiling by a shelf full of Pixar movies

Oscar-winner Jonas Rivera to be Commencement speaker
Oscar-winning film producer and SF State alum Jonas Rivera ('96) will address an audience of nearly 35,000
as the featured speaker at the University's 115th Commencement ceremony to be held on May 27 at AT&T Park

Please note a change of date for the next meeting of the Foundation Board of Directors. The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center on the SF State Campus.



When we set the goal for the University's first comprehensive campaign at $150 million, we knew we were raising the bar for fundraising at SF State. Recognizing this, President Wong made a commitment to devote more of his own time to our efforts and to provide the staffing and resources necessary to increase our productivity. Today we are pleased to report a substantial return on this investment. With two months still to go before the end of the fiscal year, we have already met our $16 million fundraising goal for 2015-16 and expect to surpass the $20 million mark before the year closes on June 30!


Campaign progress to date: $44.9 million raised toward a goal of $150 million


$1.9 million bequest expectancy from Toni K. Weingartenwho attended a residential theater camp held at SF State in the 1960s, to endow a scholarship in theatre arts for underserved students.

$500,000 from The Opportunity Institute to support the replication of Project Rebound and increase the number of justice-involved students who persevere to achieve a four-year degree.

$300,000 bequest expectancy from alumnus Kenneth R. McCormick into support endowed scholarships in the Graduate College of Education and in anthropology.



Total Gifts as of 4/25/16:     $16,285,932

2015-16 Goal:                       $16,000,000

% of Goal:                                      101.8%


NEW DATE --> June 16, 2016 - 3-5 p.m. - Annual Meeting & Board Meeting at the Seven Hills Conference Center on the SF State Campus

 SF State Foundation
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