Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is the Spartans Supporting Spartans annual campaign?

Faculty and staff members like you are the heart of the SJSU experience. This six-week annual campaign is a way to show your Spartan pride and belief in the university’s vision to transform the lives of our students.

What can I give to?

That’s up to you. What college, department, program or scholarship inspires you? Or do you want to broadly support the university, King Library or Athletics? The only guideline is that it’s best to make a gift to an already-established fund. Please contact us if you have a question about a specific area or fund.

What will my gift do?

In addition to contributing to what inspires you, your participation in the Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign is a vote of confidence in the university and its future. Along with your daily contribution of energy, effort and expertise, a financial contribution shows students, alumni, parents, community partners, foundations and corporations that you believe SJSU is a good investment.

How much should I give?

You determine the size and the designation of your gift according to your own charitable interests and financial capacity. No gift is too small; your participation is what’s important!

What are the different ways to give?

Make your gift by check, credit card, payroll deduction or online at

How does payroll deduction work?

Payroll deductions are a convenient and easy way to give by spreading your gift over time. You determine what you want to give. An automatic monthly deduction from your paycheck results in an annual gift that can make a real difference. For example, $10 each month builds to an annual gift of $120. Payroll deductions begin with the July pay period and are automatically renewed each July. Any time you want to make a change to your deduction amount, designation or end date, please contact Advancement Services at 408-924-1799. One annual receipt will be sent in January detailing the prior year’s gifts. (Some auxiliaries don’t have a payroll deduction option, so please check with your HR representative.)

Will my annual Spartan Foundation gift also count for Spartan Supporting Spartans?

Yes! Make your annual gift to the Spartan Foundation during this Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign and it counts for both! Use the enclosed gift form or provide us with a copy of your Spartan Foundation pledge form.

What's the difference between this campaign and the annual California State Employee Charitable Campaign?

A key difference is that 100 percent of your Spartans Supporting Spartans campaign gift goes to work where you designate it—right here at San José State! Gifts made through the state employee campaign can be designated to SJSU or another charitable organization, but a 16 percent administration fee is deducted from them.


Please contact Carolyn Canete, annual giving manager, at 408-924-1782 or