Why Donate?

All programs of the University's Institute of College Initiatives are funded by grants and donations, with the exception of the Summer Transition Program.

The Institute's programs help low-income and first generation students achieve their dreams of going to college and graduate school. Donations to the Institute benefit our students directly, and may be donated to a specific program. The University of San Diego is a non-profit educational institution (501(c)3). Donations are tax-deductible.

There are many ways in which donations improve the quality of Institute programs and services. They provide equipment and classroom supplies, make cultural activities and academic field trips possible, and help to offset the costs of summer programs, instructions, and visits to college campuses. Some donors prefer to contribute money toward student scholarships. If you have questions or would like to discuss your donation, please call our office at 619-260-4686, or write to Institute Director Dr. Cynthia Villis at

How to Donate

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please send a check made payable to USD Institute of College Initiatives to:

Dr. Cynthia Villis
Director, Institute of College Initiatives
University of San Diego
Loma Hall 332
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

For tax purposes, we will provide you with documentation of our 501(c)3 status and a receipt for your donation once we have received it.

The Institute of College Initiatives students and staff thank you!