Welcome to the Chicago State Foundation

Chicago State University

Established in 2015 and a name change from The University Foundation at Chicago State, the Chicago State Foundation (Foundation) is an institutionally-related, nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) organization, and is the repository for all private gifts to Chicago State University (University).

Working hand-in-hand with the President of Chicago State University, the Foundation helps to identify strategic private support priorities, create suitable fundraising strategies and tactics, and implement and evaluate appropriate development programs. Our corporate mission is to advance the interests and welfare of the University. In its role, the Foundation procures private support on behalf of the University and functions as the independent official fundraising and private gift-receiving agency for the University.

The most impactful significance in supporting the Foundation is the ability to provide an everlasting, transformational effect on a student's life. Your gift provides our students with a quality environment to nurture students' educational goals by assuring quality coursework and life-changing opportunities that help to instill the confidence most students need to succeed. Financial funding for operating support allows us to instantly react to new thoughts or needs and to remain cutting edge and equipped with the best technology and resources available for our students.

One of the preeminent goals is to provide high quality and affordable education to all students. Many of our students come from local communities and are the first in their family to attend college. As a trusted partner to the University, the Foundation is also committed to raising public awareness about the long and successful history of the University and its alumni, and the impact this has made in Chicagoland, Illinois and beyond. Through this enlightenment, the Foundation plays a pivotal role in opening the doors of opportunity for students, faculty, alumni, friends, the community, and the world. Giving changes lives and together we can create a better world for everyone that seeks our leadership and guidance through quality education. As a staple of the community, the University is further, a vital lifeline for securing a brighter future for many of our new enrollment students and continuing education adults. As such, we seek your commitment and partnership to help us attain a mutual goal of furthering vital research and academic programs offered at the University.

The Foundation is committed to ensuring that the University becomes one of the premier urban public institutions in the nation and that is recognized for its academic excellence in teaching and research. Donations to Chicago State Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Your financial support helps us to build a bridge to a better future for the communities we serve.19


To advance the interests and welfare of Chicago State University by building relationships, securing philanthropic support, stewarding assets and otherwise procuring private support on behalf of the University.


To be acknowledged by alumni, donors, friends, the University community and peer institutions for service excellence, achievement, and integrity in all that we do.