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Our mission is to secure philanthropic support for CSI to reach its highest level of academic excellence as one of CUNY's senior colleges and an institution of public higher education in the Borough.

The College of Staten Island continues to garner local, regional, and national recognition for the quality of its programs, faculty, and students, as well as for the value of a CSI education. These accolades are made possible through the continued success of the College community. The generous support of our donors and supporters makes this possible, ensuring a bright future for our student and alumni, and the world.

Gifts may be made through an outright contribution of cash, securities, real estate, or other real or personal property, as well as through estate gifts such as bequests and trusts, and life income gifts such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. We also welcome your pledge. Pledges of more than $5,000 may be fulfilled over a multi-year period (up to five years).

CSI Veteran Scholars spelling out big letter V

The Verrazzano Honors Program makes an excellent education into an exceptional one. We serve over 300 motivated, high-achieving students, challenging them to extract all they can from their college experience. Through attending professional development workshops, committing to community service, attending extracurricular activities exposing them to new ideas and perspectives, and completing a capstone honors project, we are cultivating a thoughtful, creative, and diverse group of graduates.

Verrazzano Honors Students make CSI and their community better, by participating in research, clubs, sports, student government, and so much more. Over the last ten years, Verrazzano students have contributed over 50,000 volunteer hours in Staten Island and surrounding areas. 

Help us raise $5,000 to continue to support these remarkable students through internships, professional development opportunities, extracurricular activities; and our signature team-building new student orientation.

Debbie Mahoney and William Fritz

We invite you to join us in sponsoring a gift to honor the life of Debbie Mahoney, an integral member of our CSI family, whose loss we mourn but whose life we wish to celebrate with a campus bench inscribed in her name. 

We will also contribute a second bench to honor the legacy of all of our students and members of the CSI community who have been vastly impacted by the pandemic.  As a special pledge, our President, Dr. William J. Fritz will generously match gifts made in honor and recognition of appreciation of the CSI commitment reflected in the lives of Debbie and those endeared members of our community.

 Lucille and Jay Chazanoff

The College of Staten Island has received a $7.5M cash gift from Class of ’65 alumni Lucille and Jay Chazanoff to benefit the School of Business. The gift is the largest individual donation ever made to a nonprofit within the Borough of Staten Island. With the potential to dramatically transform the work of the School, the Fund will be used to support the Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business, including accreditation pursuant to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – an international organization that is the preeminent accrediting body for business schools in the United States. There are 845 business institutions in 56 countries and territories that have earned AACSB accreditation.

Eye on CSI magazine

Eye on CSI is a publication of the College of Staten Island, provided to alumni and friends of the College and its predecessor institutions, Staten Island Community College and Richmond College."

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