Giving Opportunities

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The College of Engineering offers a wide variety of giving opportunities. You may give an undesignated gift to the college, or you may request that your funds be used to support specific needs, programs, or projects. There are many ways to give that meet your needs and support the College of Engineering.

Whether you give directly to the college or through some other vehicle, your gift helps ensure that the college continues on its path of excellence.

Unrestricted gifts to the College of Engineering and/or the Departments

Undesignated gifts provide maximum flexibility in meeting the needs of the college or departments. For instance, funds may be used for faculty development, such as keeping abreast of technological innovations, or to support student clubs and projects, or to provide needed maintenance and administrative support.

Employer Matching Gifts

You can double the impact of your personal gift to the college through an employer matching gifts program. To see if your company offers this benefit, visit Cal Poly's online directory of matching gift companies at Cal Poly Giving.


Endowments are funds established by a donor and invested by Cal Poly to support for a specific program. Annual income from the endowment is used to fund the activity. Endowments fund student scholarships, provide for laboratory maintenance, or establish funds to promote a specific activity. The minimum amount required to establish an endowment is $25,000.


Awards fund an activity annually without establishing a permanent endowment. The minimum amount required to create an award is $3,000. Once created, the donor typically makes the gift annually for an ongoing impact.

Endowed Chairs/Endowed Professorships

Endowed chairs allow the college to attract and retain the best faculty members. Annual income from these funds provides for research, professional development, grant-seeking work and student projects. Funds may be used for research or laboratory access, or to obtain the latest technological teaching tools needed to enhance the curriculum.

Charitable Bequests

A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament. There are different kinds of bequests. For each, you must use very specific language to indicate the precise direction of your assets, and to successfully carry out your final wishes.

Creating a Charitable Trust

A charitable trust allows you to receive full benefits of a tax deduction, and generates income for you. It is also a vehicle for avoiding capital gains taxes and diversifying assets.

For questions or more information, contact our Advancement Office.