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The Annual Fund is the university's yearly program designed to attract tax-deductible contributions from alumni and friends of La Sierra. Through the Fund, the university supports students through scholarships as well as academic and student life programs.

Annual Fund resources meet vital operational needs and help reduce educational costs for our students. For instance, your gifts may be used to provide scholarship assistance, upgrade campus-wide computing systems, or fund much-needed building renovations.

All alumni and friends are encouraged to support the university every year through the La Sierra Annual Fund.  Your contribution will enable current students to enjoy the gift of a La Sierra University education.

How your dollar is distributed

  • 34¢ supports instruction and research in all academic areas
  • 24¢ helps students learn through providing academic and instructional support such as tutoring services, library resources, the Center for Student Academic Success (C-SAS), service learning opportunities, information technology, and administration
  • 19¢ are invested directly in students through scholarships
  • 9¢ helps offset the cost of Student Services such as campus ministries and residential life
  • 14¢ goes to maintaining campus facilities and other costs

My La Sierra education has inspired me to spend my first year after graduation serving as an English teacher in Korea before using my degree to become a high school science teacher and basketball coach."

Zablon Okari, 2010

Your gifts make a difference!

  • $150 can purchase the score and parts for a piece of Band or Wind Ensemble music
  • $250 covers the cost of a periodical subscription for the University Library
  • $500 pays the registration fee for a faculty workshop or seminar
  • $1,000 can provide a computer or laser printer for a student computer lab
  • $2,000 covers a student worker’s wages for one year

In the 55 combined years we have been teaching at La Sierra, annual gifts have been an important part of each student’s education because tuition and fees only cover about 60 percent of the actual cost to educate each student. This is still true today, which is why alumni support is as essential now as it has ever been."

Vernon and Winona Howe

Give Now

Your gifts are essential to La Sierra University and our students. Giving to La Sierra University is easy and quick on a secure method via Authorize.Net. Thank you for your generosity!

Please choose the purposes you would like to donate to below. Input a value and optional description. Enter a description for more detailed designations. Click continue.

Hilmer Besel Math & Computing Scholarship
Zapara School of Business
H.M.S. Richards School of Divinity
Alumni Initiatives
Women's Resource Center
Center for Near Eastern Archaeology

Matching Gifts

Many companies match dollar-for-dollar the charitable contribution you give to La Sierra. If your employer or your spouse’s employer has such a program, please use it and double your gift! Requirements vary, so please check with the appropriate office at your place of employment. It’s generally no harder than filling out a form.

For Alumni

Your commitment to the Annual Fund is crucial in helping us reach our financial goals. But, did you know that your participation also helps us to successfully acquire important corporate and foundation gifts? In considering the university’s gift requests, corporations and foundations often look at the percentage of alumni who give as a deciding factor. Alumni gifts of every size to the Annual Fund are appreciated and needed!

Questions Answered

The Annual Fund is the University's yearly program designed to attract contributions from alumni and friends of LSU. Gifts are unrestricted, meaning that we use them whereever they are most needed. However, all Annual Fund gifts are used to toward operational costs and to help reduce the cost of education for our students. 

The Annual Fund begins each year on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year.  

Because of the unrestricted nature of Annual Fund gifts, the money is used in a variety of ways.  Undergraduate scholarship assistance, campus-wide computing upgrades, and building renovations are only a few examples of how your gifts will be used.  Annual Fund gifts allow the University to tend to daily, and sometimes additional operating costs.  

La Sierra University alumni, the parents of current and past students and friends of LSU who value and support our institution.  

Typically, each constituent will be contacted twice during the year, in the fall and spring. Also, it is possible that in addition you will be contacted by telephone by an LSU student and asked for a gift.

Yes. We would hate to miss an opportunity to contact some of you that may be willing to give more than one gift during the year. Also, our mailings contain information regarding events and student stories that help keep you up-to-date with the current climate on campus.  This information is not always present in other publications from the University and we want you to be as informed as possible about La Sierra University.  

Several companies offer to match their employee's charitable contributions. It is possible that your gift can be doubled simply because your employer recognizes the importance of supporting the interests of their employees as well as the benefit of a tax deductible gift. A company's requirements for a matching gift may vary. In some cases you can simply provide proof of your donation and they will send a matching gift.  Some may require that they employee fill out a matching gift form. Ask your company for details.