Enhancing the CSUN Black House Experience with a Matched Gift

To amplify the impact of gifts made to California State University, Northridge, the CSUN Foundation has pledged to match eligible gifts through December 31 or until funds are exhausted. Below, we highlight the story of one donor whose gift was magnified by the Matador Match Challenge.

With the Matador Match Challenge, it’s possible to expand your gift.

The CSUN Black House is one of many programs at the university that John J. Harris ’72 (Political Science) has supported over the years. Harris, who received the CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and serves on the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors, saw the Matador Match Challenge as an opportunity to make a big impact for the Black House, a student resource center that celebrates Black and African American culture.

“I think there’s a big need from a social standpoint to support colleges, and the Black House fit into my criteria because it helps develop social relationships,” said Harris, the retired executive vice president of Nestlé S.A. and chairman and chief executive officer of Nestlé Waters. “It gives people an opportunity to have a safe place to meet and discuss campus issues that are going on, as well as issues going on around the world. Also, it provides a nice place to go and study and focus.”

Supporting the Black House, which was renovated in 2017, adds richness to the campus, Harris said. His donation of $25,000, which was doubled to $50,000 through the Matador Match Challenge, can be used for technology, books, art and other items that keep the Black House a comfortable and welcoming place for learning.

“I decided to step up and make a donation right now that would qualify for the match,” Harris said. “The match helps accelerate the development of the Black House.”

About the Matador Match Challenge

To make an immediate impact for our students, colleges and other organizations on campus, the CSUN Foundation will match gifts made to a wide range of funds for a limited time in 2022. Learn more about the Matador Match Challenge.

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