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 new fund will help 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-in-chief of 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.

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

Additional Funds

Give to the Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund

The San Francisco State University Journalism Department mourns the loss of long-time faculty member Raul Ramirez. Raul passed away on November 15 at home. Raul was KQED Radio's Executive Director for News and Public Affairs and was to receive the career achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists of Northern California at its awards ceremony November 19.

Before passing Raul gave a generous gift of $25,000 to create The Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund. The fund will support 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. Raul - one of our most popular and admired lecturers for three decades -- touched the lives of hundreds upon hundreds of our students, infecting them with his enthusiasm for journalism and commitment to diversity. The awards program will promote Raul's vision for journalism into the future.

How to Contribute

Friends and colleagues are invited to help grow the endowment for The Raul Ramirez Diversity in Journalism Fund. By establishing the endowed fund, Raul has ensured that the Fund will continue in perpetuity because the principal cannot be spent. By growing the Fund, awards made from the interest can be larger or given to more students. Donations, which are tax deductible, may be by reaching out to the College of Liberal & Creative Arts Development Office.

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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