Ways to Give

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Unlock Greater Possibilities for SJSU Students

Every gift provides more opportunities to educate students, make discoveries, and serve the public. There are so many ways to support SJSU — and even more possibilities to create a better future for our university, our region, and our world.

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How You Can Help Today

Become a Recurring Donor

Recurring gifts offer you the ability to provide your favorite SJSU scholarship or program with dependable support throughout the year. By determining the amount, frequency (monthly or quarterly) and total number of payments, you are able to conveniently build a significant contribution through smaller installments. Your recurring gift may be changed or discontinued by contacting University Advancement at 408-924-1799.

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Employee Giving Opportunities

Is there a department, program, student service, scholarship or enrichment opportunity for students that holds special meaning for you? This is your opportunity as a staff or faculty member to make a real difference in what inspires you at SJSU. 

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Alumni Giving Opportunities

The SJSU Alumni Association has the largest alumni-supported scholarship program in the California State University system.

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Parents of SJSU

Parent Giving Opportunities

You’ve guided your child in their educational journey. Now, help us make that same journey possible for other students, too. Once you select "Give Now" select "Other" in the "I'd like to support" form section and type in "New Student and Family Programs."  

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Corporate and Foundation Partnerships

SJSU has been adapting to meet the needs of the region and the state since its founding in 1857. As Silicon Valley's public university, SJSU has strong partnerships with leading corporations and foundations in the region and beyond.

Additional Giving Opportunities

Give Online, by Phone or Mail

The fastest way to give to SJSU is to make a secure gift online to the area of your choice

Phone: 408-924-1799
Mailing Address:
Tower Foundation
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0183

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Matching Gift

You can double or even triple your donation to SJSU if your company has a gift-matching program. Such programs typically match all or a percentage of employee contributions to charitable organizations, making the employer a partner in its employees' personal philanthropy. Many companies will also support charitable giving by employee's spouses, retirees, board members and others. Find out if your company will match your gift: You may also contact SJSU at 408-924-1484 if you have questions about matching gifts.

Tribute Gifts

A gift in memory of someone special can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guide someone’s life. A gift in honor of someone commemorates a significant person or event. If you are interested in making a memorial or honorary gift, please make sure to provide the appropriate information when you make your gift online.

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Stocks, Securities, Or Wire transfer

Gifts of appreciated securities, stocks, and bonds provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to SJSU before they are sold. If you have held your securities for more than one year, you may find that your gift will provide a twofold tax benefit, creating an income tax deduction, as well as helping avoid the capital gains tax that would have been due on their sale.

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Scholarships and Endowments

Help Spartans discover who they want to be by providing life-changing financial aid.

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Planned Giving

Many Spartan alumni include SJSU in their estate plans: wills and trusts, gift annuities, retirement plans, real property and other options. Find out about increasing your income, earning valuable income-tax deductions and reducing your estate taxes.

Why We Give

Jim and Louise Dunaway
Jim and Louise Dunaway, '67

Jim Dunaway, ’67 Teaching Credential, worked as an industrial engineer before coming to San José, where he realized teaching was his true calling. The Dunaways established a charitable remainder trust that will create endowed scholarships and awards for future math teachers at San José State. “I hope that our scholarship recipients really love what they are doing and are encouraged to stay within the profession,” says Louise Dunaway. “We need good teachers — we need dedicated people. I hope that the students feel validated for all their efforts and hard work.”