Giving to IHHS

"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love."  - Lao Tzu

Thank you for your interest in IHHS. Your support makes the work we do possible, touches the lives of many people, and contributes to a brighter future.

For information on giving to IHHS, naming opportunities, and other questions please contact: Danielle Horcabas, Senior Director of Development, College of Health and Social Sciences.

All gifts are tax-deductible - SF State Tax ID# 94-1384645

Why Help the Institute for Holistic Health Studies?

The Challenge

There are significant challenges facing the global community as we move into the 21st century. The increasingly complex and interdependent nature of world events informs us of the necessity for comprehensive or holistic approaches to solving these problems. This holistic perspective guides the work of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies.

Teaching a New Vision

With teaching as our critical mission, Holistic Health Studies courses explore the world’s great healing traditions, ancient and modern, including mind-body practices, nutritional and botanical therapies, the health-related roles of agriculture, environment, peace and social justice, constructive activism, and much more. Instruction emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication, and the pursuit of evidence-based understanding. In addition, experiential learning is an essential component of the curriculum, with a significant focus on effective self-care skills as an essential tool for both personal well-being and healthcare reform. Ultimately this unique program helps students explore the depths of human potential and gain insight into how we can heal ourselves and our world through a deeper capacity for awareness, self-regulation, and right action. The goal is to foster healthy individuals and global citizens.

A National Model

Founded in 1976 the Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) is a national leader in innovative baccalaureate level training in health promotion education. Our mission is to provide San Francisco State University students and the broader community with an understanding of health, healing, and optimal well-being from a holistic perspective through instruction, innovative research and extracurricular programs, and to share that vision with institutions of higher education throughout the country. We believe this important concept and model has the potential to make great contributions to both individual and social well-being.

Our Students

San Francisco State University is one of 23 California State University (CSU) campuses, which are designed to provide accessible, affordable, quality education to the local community. The CSU provides service to nearly 450,000 students making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges in the country. Among the CSU campuses SFSU is a dynamic urban university serving 24,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students, 61% women, and 63% students of color, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. IHHS offers Holistic Health Studies courses to more than 900 students per semester, and is one of the most popular minors and general education programs on campus. Many of our students come from nursing, biology, psychology and other health career related majors, and the majority of our students have a stated interest in pursuing careers in the health/human services professions.

How to Make a Gift

There are many ways individuals support higher education, including cash and pledges, bequests, stocks, real estate, and other. Please see the SF State Development Office information page for details.

If you would like to make a donation to IHHS now, here are the options:


Go to the College of Health and Human Services Contribution  page (Note - IHHS is part of the College of Health and Human Services)

This will take you to a secure online contribution form. The top of the 'About Your Gift' section there two drop down boxes. One asks you to specify the amount of the donation and the second asks you to specify the recipient. Once you select the amount then go to the second dropdown box -- I Would Like to Support -- and pick [ Holistic Health Studies ]. In the Comments box at the bottom of that page you can indicate if the gift is for any specific IHHS program or initiative.

By Mail

Make the enclosed check payable to: "Holistic Health Studies Fund." In the check's memo section, please designate “Account #980-47851” and the allocation of the gift if appropriate. Examples include: Curriculum Enrichment, Endowed Chair.

The check should be mailed to:
San Francisco State University
Office of University Development
Administration Building 153
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

By Phone

To donate by phone call 415-338-3573.

Funding Priorities

The Holistic Health Studies Fund (Account #980-47851)

Funds available for general purpose can be used as needed for the wide variety of teaching, research, and service needs that arise. It also helps to support operation of the Institute allowing it to do its work in a more effective and impactful way.

Holistic Health Studies Model Dissemination

The goal of this initiative is to promote the Holistic Health Studies program as a national model in higher education. One element would be an enhanced online resource for information on Holistic Health Studies curricula and materials. This would be an excellent way for non-SFSU students and faculty to find out about the IHHS program (and ideally come attend the program for a semester or two), or for faculty in other universities to access information for promoting such courses on their own campuses.

Faculty and Staff Support

These funds would support individual faculty in their teaching, research, travel, and program development.

Endowed Chair/Professorship in Holistic Health Studies
A Holistic Health Studies Chair would be the first of its kind in the nation. As such, it would help to create a more stable fiscal basis for the program while adding significant credibility of this concept nationally. Given the growing importance of integrative medicine’s role in healthcare, and the need for more holistic approaches to global health problems, this message needs a stronger voice. A Holistic Health Studies Endowed Chair would be able to devote time to research and publications promoting this important perspective. This would significantly support IHHS’s goal of advancing holistic perspectives as a key health concept in the United States.

Curriculum Enrichment/Visiting Scholars

One of the long-term goals of IHHS is to develop more on-line course content. In addition, enhancing our certificate and related programs would provide greater access to holistic health concepts for a much larger national audience while generating revenue for the program. Support would also be used to pay for visiting faculty and guest speakers, their travel needs and related expenses, and postdoctoral fellows interested in teaching and related research.

Angela Wu Holistic Health Fund (Account #980-47465)

Dr. Angela Wu was a faculty member in Holistic Health Studies for many years. As an expert practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine she offered students precious insight into the value of alternative healing practices. In support of the IHHS mission, Dr. Wu created a special fund to support our programs and students.

Holistic Health Studies Student Scholarships

Student scholarship funds will help students achieve their educational goals. The funds will support students from any academic discipline who want to learn how to approach health issues (broadly defined) from a holistic perspective. These scholarships will provide support for tuition, books, travel and language studies, leadership training, and other uses that will help recipients increase their capacity to create a better world. The scholarships will also be available to students from other universities (both within the U.S. and abroad) to increase exposure to and dissemination of the SF State Holistic Health Studies model.

The Holistic Health Learning Center (HHLC)

The HHLC serves as an important academic and social center for the Holistic Health Studies program. The Center houses a significant collection of works from the growing field of alternative and complementary health practices. There are currently over 5,000 books and journals, and hundreds of audio-visual resources. Staffed by student interns under the supervision of an HHS faculty member. The Center is an important campus resource for research and reflection.

Contact Information

San Francisco State University
Office of University Development
Administration Building 153
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132 | 415-338-1042
Fax: 415-338-0918