Unrestricted Support

Unrestricted support, also known as the Annual Fund, is the cornerstone of CIIS's giving program. It consists of the collective unrestricted gifts to CIIS from alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, friends, as well as foundations, businesses, and corporations. The university relies on these contributions to help cover its operating expenses and to ensure its financial stability and continued academic excellence. 


CIIS currently spends 5-6% of its operating budget on scholarships and intends to increase the total amount of scholarships awarded significantly each year. Your gift for scholarships will help ensure that dedicated students with financial need are able to pursue and complete their educations in order to serve the needs of our world. With a gift of $10,000 or above, payable over a number of years, you can establish a named and endowed scholarship at the university. 

Below is a list of scholarships that the Development Department is currently fundraising for. For a more comprehensive list of existing scholarships, please visit the Scholarships Page

ACTCM Scholarship Fund 

ACTCM@CIIS alumni, faculty, staff, board members, and clinic patients are invested in the future of our students. The generous support of our community provides three $1,000 scholarships. 

Arc of Justice Scholarship Fund 

Arc of Justice Scholarships will be awarded to formerly incarcerated men and women to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree in the School of Undergraduate Studies at CIIS. Depending on external funding and number of awardees, scholarships ranging between $7,500-$15,000 will be awarded annually. 

CIIS Alumni Scholarship Fund 

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools – the School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies - is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS alumni. Scholarships are for $1,000. 

CIIS Faculty/Staff Scholarship Fund 

Each year one student from three of CIIS's schools-The School of Professional Psychology & Health, the School of Consciousness and Transformation, and the School of Undergraduate Studies--is awarded a scholarship supported by the annual donations of CIIS faculty and staff. Scholarships are for $1,000. 

Tonantzin Scholarship Fund  

The Tonantzin Scholarship provides support for one to two Chican@, Latin@, or Native American students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program; priority is given to undocumented students. The award ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 each year depending on external funding. 

Center for Psychedelics Therapies and Research 

The CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapy and Research (CPTR) is at the vanguard of the re-emergence of psychedelic research. Through its groundbreaking educational programming for helping professionals and the public, CPTR shares the best of contemporary thought on the therapeutic possibilities of psychedelics for consciousness studies and the treatment of trauma, end-of-life distress, and addition.   

External support allows CPTR to expand its capacity for future programming and research. All donations help CIIS meet the Meihong Xu and Bill Melton Challenge, matching all gifts and grants up to $300,000 on a 1:1 basis, and creating a potential total fund of $600,000 for the Center’s pilot three years.  Click to donate

Chaudhuri Circle 

Join a special circle of alums and friends, who like you, are committed to supporting the growth and mission of CIIS as it moves towards its 50th anniversary in 2018. Members of the Chaudhuri Circle play a key role in the success of CIIS’s second fifty years by committing to a gift at the level of $1,000 or more per year, for a period of three years. Members of the Chaudhuri Circle are invited to a special appreciation event hosted by President Joseph Subbiondo, select Public Programs and Performances, as well as pre-event receptions with speakers, and receive special university updates. Consider joining the Chaudhuri Circle at any of the three possible levels:  

Mudra Level: a pledge of $1,000 a year for three years,

Lotus Level: a pledge of $2,000 a year for three years, 

Mandala Level: a pledge of $5,000 a year or more. 

Counseling and Acupuncture Clinics

CIIS’s six counseling centers and two acupuncture clinics offer award-winning mental health services at sliding scale rates. Together, the CIIS clinics offer affordable and effective mind-body-spirit psychotherapy and acupuncture to more than 2,000 individuals each year. These clinics have been recognized for excellence in patient care, and provide safe and supportive settings in which clients can explore a wide range of life issues— emotional, interpersonal, psychological, and spiritual. Additionally, they serve as training facilities for master's degree and doctoral students.  

Your gift provides fee support for low-income clients and helps the clinics operate more efficiently through infrastructure improvements. Find more information on each individual counseling center

Haridas Chaudhuri Endowed Chair in Indian Philosophies and Culture 

We are half way to reaching our $2M goal for the Endowed Chair, which will ensure that Indic spirituality and philosophy—so critical to the founding mission of university—will forever be woven into the  integral education offered at CIIS.  Help us reach our goal! If you are not already a donor to the Chaudhuri Chair, please consider becoming one by donating as a monthly sustainer. 

Public Programs

An extension of California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), CIIS Public Programs presents compelling conversations, innovative workshops, certificate programs, and conferences that engage and inspire. Events in the San Francisco Bay Area bring together the diverse voices of visionaries, changemakers, authors, and scholars to share provocative experiences, offer new perspectives, and activate creativity. 

Find more information about becoming a member of CIIS Public Programs, donating to the program or scholarship fund, becoming a corporate partner or sponsor, or volunteering. 

The Arts at CIIS

Established in 2002, The Arts at CIIS celebrates creativity, community engagement, and integrative approaches to the social questions facing contemporary society. With 12-15 art exhibitions and accompanying events per year by both emerging and established artists in three exhibition spaces—including the Desai ǀ Matta Gallery, The Arts at CIIS strives to inspire and engage in the collective, spiritual, conceptual, and aesthetic dimensions of culture. The Arts at CIIS has also recently launched CHROMA, a photography exhibition and publication project with the goal of advancing inclusion within the field of photography and enriching our collective culture by making visible the histories, experiences, and insights of diverse communities. More information about supporting the Arts at CIIS 

For more information on making a gift to CIIS, please contact Charles Wilmoth, Associate Director of Development, at (415)575-6269 or cwilmoth@ciis.edu

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