WISE Endowment Promoting STEM Careers for Women Gets Boost Through Matador Match Challenge

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.

CSUN faculty emeritus Bonita J. “Bonnie” Campbell saw the Matador Match Challenge as an opportunity to help expand the endowment for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), the organization she founded that encourages women to build careers in the fields of science and engineering.

The goal of the WISE endowment is to increase the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, with a particular focus on CSUN students and alumni, by sponsoring career workshops, recruiting events, scholarships, research and other activities.

“Since establishing the endowment in 2009, I have contributed every year to building it. Having CSUN contribute to the endowment was an opportunity not to be missed,” said Campbell, a CSUN faculty member for 33 years, who was the first woman to hold tenured faculty and department chair positions in engineering at CSUN.

Funds from Campbell’s $25,000 gift, plus the Foundation’s 10% match for gifts to endowments, will be especially helpful for supporting a research scholar and expanding the University Library’s WISE archives.

“The goals of WISE, supporting diversity of female students in the STEM fields, are consistent with the goals of the university, a commitment to diversity and equity for all students,” Campbell said.

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.

To speak to a member of the University Advancement team, please call (818) 677-7330.