Sacramento State is On the Rise

On the RiseSacramento State unveiled its first-ever comprehensive fundraising effort, On the Rise: The Campaign for Sacramento State, on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The virtual event marks the start of the public phase of the University’s concerted push to raise $225 million to increase student support and advance the University’s teaching and research mission.

The campaign unifies the entire Hornet Family to achieve the fundraising goal by 2023.

“The On the Rise campaign will raise money for students, knowledge, and community,” said Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen. “Together, we will double the number of student scholarships. Together, we will continue to increase endowments to fund faculty development and student-supported research.

On the Rise will help us do all this and more. What we do here at Sacramento State has significance everywhere, and every dollar invested in Sacramento State makes a difference.”

Nearly one-third of Sacramento State students are the first in their family to pursue a college degree. The philanthropic support will include funds for scholarships and awards, as well as programs that are essential for student success both in and out of the classroom.

Lisa Cardoza, vice president of University Advancement, said timing of the campaign rollout is important because of “the challenges of our time and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Donors—whether they’re individuals, foundations, or corporations—have a real opportunity to help ensure students in our region stay on track to obtain a college degree so they can become the leaders and workforce that drive our community forward.”

Learn more about how you can be part of Sacramento State rising, contact Lora L. Hollingsworth at (916) 278-6115 or