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.
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
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 Illinois for graduating African Americans with bachelors degrees
in mathematics & statistics in 2011.
- CSU was the first university in Illinois to have a robotic book retrieval system in
- 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).
- CSU is the home to the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers’ Conference, the oldest conference
for writers of African descent in the nation. and is the only university in the country
offering a MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on writers from the African Diaspora.
- 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.
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:
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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