About The Foundation

The Chicago State University Foundation was chartered in 1967 and incorporated in 1968 as an independent, charitable organization with the sole purpose of soliciting, receiving, and administering private gifts to Chicago State University.

CSU Foundation logoThe Case for Giving

Chicago State University is one of Illinois’ oldest public universities, and, since opening its doors in 1867, the university has produced graduates who are leaders and innovators in their communities.   

Your generosity helps CSU students by supporting initiatives for which state funds are not available. Our student body of over 5,700 undergraduate and graduate students, along with our dedicated faculty, have created a learning environment noted for its demand of excellence and commitment to student achievement. With your help, we can continue to attract the best students, recruit and retain top faculty members, and provide the highest quality education. 

Over 90% of CSU students are eligible for financial aid, and your gifts provide needed scholarships and fellowships, support faculty development and academic programs, fund innovative research, and allow CSU to offer a rich learning experience in an ever-changing technological environment.

We need friends like you to give generously in order for us to continue to be a leader in Illinois’ educational landscape.


Here are some of the ways in which CSU has distinguished itself:

  • CSU ranked first among Illinois public universities for graduating African Americans with baccalaureate degrees in 2011.
  • CSU ranked first in the United States for graduating African Americans with masters degrees in mathematics & statistics in 2011.
  • CSU was the first university in Illinois to have a robotic book retrieval system in its library.
  • CSU is only one of two universities in Illinois to have all of its programs approved by both NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education).
  • More than 50% of all African-American baccalaureate degree nurses, health information administrators and occupational therapists in Illinois are CSU graduates.

We need your help to continue this tradition of excellence.

Financial Information

The CSU Foundation is a 501(c)(3), charitable, non-profit organization, and, in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service, all gifts made to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Please click here to download the latest copy of the CSU Foundation Form 990.

For more information, please contact:

Executive Director
Chicago State University Foundation
9501 S. King Drive, ADM 322
Chicago, IL 60628

Phone: (773) 995-3839
FAX: (773) 995-3604

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