Your financial support will make a difference in the lives of current and future students in the Department of Journalism. We thank many past supporters of the department and extend our sincere appreciation to those of you whose generosity will be ongoing.

We are presently seeking your support for the following priorities:

  • Student Professional Development Fund: This fund will helps students who want to travel to cover a story, attend a professional conference or training opportunity, or purchase documents or equipment needed to pursue a journalistic project.

  • Hollis Family Fund: This fund provides financial support for the editors of Golden Gate Xpress newspaper and Xpress magazine. The fund was started by Robert Hollis, a former editor of The Golden Gater.

  • Fran Ortiz Photojournalism Fund: Photojournalism students can receive grants of up to $5,000 to produce significant journalistic projects that shed light on marginalized populations. Fran Ortiz was the first faculty member to teach a photojournalism course in the Department of Journalism. He was committed to ensuring our students learned to report from a diversity of perspectives.

  • Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund: This fund was established by Raul Ramirez, a longtime faculty member and KQED Radio's executive director for news and public affairs, shortly before his death in 2013. The fund supports an annual award to honor a journalism student whose work exemplifies the importance of diversity in all journalistic endeavors and in the lives of communities. In recent years, the fund has paid a stipend to a student doing a special internship at KQED.

You can make a gift through our Donate Now link.

Planned and Estate Gift Options

Through estate and planned gifts, alumni and friends -- across all income levels -- have the opportunity to provide significant, even transformational support to the Department of Journalism.

Planned Giving


With nearly 30,000 students, 4,000 faculty and staff and over 145,000 alumni, SF State can enhance visibility for companies seeking a mutually beneficial relationship with one of the most respected centers of learning, applied research, and community-based professional education in California.

Corporate Support Options

  • Scholarships and Targeted Funds
  • Sponsorships
  • Matching Gifts
  • Equipment and Software Donations
  • Facility Upgrade Funds

Corporate Partnerships


Our emphasis on community engagement creates opportunities for new forms of education that extend outside the classroom. Foundation grants can make new forms of collaboration possible, building important connections between the SF state campus and the disability rights community, local artists, youth, and other important groups that help us to carry out SF State’s mission to promote experiential learning that supports diverse communities.

Foundation Grants

SPJ NorCal 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards Dinner. Nov. 19, 2013. City Club of San Francisco. Video produced by Paige Berma.

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