Welcome to University Advancement

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Connecting Gators around the world with each other, the University and the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 80 years.

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Fostering the physical, intellectual, social and emotional development of student athletes through a broad based NCAA Div. II program.

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Sharing with the world the remarkable stories and achievements of the outstanding SF State students, faculty and staff.

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Working with alumni, parents, friends, companies and foundations to help ensure excellence and affordability at SF State.

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Wisely managing philanthropic gifts and fostering private support for the University and its noteworthy programs.

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Helping to shape public policy at the city, state and federal levels, and partnering for a better community.

About University Advancement

University Advancement is responsible for creating awareness and raising private support for SF State's academic, research and public service missions. Our strategic goals are to instill well-deserved pride in University accomplishments, strengthen awareness and support among the University's key stakeholders, and build a culture of philanthropy and support for SF State. We accomplish this through strategic efforts that incorporate communications, government and community relations, development, alumni relations, athletics and advancement services.

Recent Advancements

Donors leading the way…

San Francisco State University thanks the many alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends whose generous donations help the University make learning and professional development happen – and support the many ways SF State serves the surrounding community.

During the most recent fiscal year, 2016-17, members of the SF State community joined together to raise $17.2 million to support the University's people, programs and mission. These investments in the students of today and tomorrow – and in SF State’s community partnerships – are critical to ensuring excellence in our work, and an affordable high quality public higher education.  Much appreciated!

What’s happening at SF State…

Check out the most recent issue of SF State Magazine, lively and timely highlights of intriguing scholarship, groundbreaking learning approaches and the many ways our faculty, staff and alumni are helping to shape the Bay Area – and well beyond!

For more news about SF State, visit SF State News.