College of Staten Island

Tomás D. Morales
Robert Cutrona

Founded in 1955, Staten Island Community College was the first community college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. It merged in 1976 with Richmond College, a progressive upper-division college that accepted its first students in 1965, and became the College of Staten Island (CSI).

CSI offers a full range of baccalaureate degree programs, 13 master’s degree programs, and in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate Center, doctoral degrees in biology, computer science, physics, physical therapy, nursing, and chemistry, taught by approximately 954 full and part-time faculty members. With a total of 2,269 employees, CSI is the largest employer on Staten Island, other than the borough’s hospitals.

Philanthropic Support FY00-FY09 — $10,093,750
Projected Philanthropy Target thru FY2015 — $18,000,000

Philanthropic support to CSI during the campaign exceeded $10 million. Private gifts to the college have supported scholarships, research, programs, the performing arts, and technology among others.

Gift Highlights

  • David Jeffer donated a collection of unique, historical Staten Island postcards, valued at $250,000. The collection inspired the theme of a recent annual fund appeal.
  • The Richmond County Savings Foundation, whose total support exceeds $360,000, recently made a $75,000 gift in support of vocational training programs and to the Center for the Arts.
  • The Walt Disney Foundation contributed $64,000 to a memorial scholarship fund for one of its former employees and CSI alumnus, Donald DiFranco. The Disney gift enabled the fund to exceed its $100,000 goal.

Look Who's Investing in the College of Staten Island

Prof. Gordon Di Paolo

Gordon Di Paolo has not only made a mark on CSI as an associate professor in the Business Department, he is also one of CSI’s most generous benefactors. In addition to his 25 years of service as educator at CSI, he has contributed over $312,000 since the launch of the CUNY campaign. His contributions have affected a wide variety of programs and constituencies, from classroom technology to scholarships for study abroad. As a tireless ambassador of the college, he actively participates in development efforts, resulting in philanthropic commitments from community members.

Professor and Mrs. Di Paolo have had a tremendous impact on CSI and its students. They have given generously and the impact of their generosity extends well beyond their individual commitment. Professor Di Paolo gives new meaning to the fundraising adage that funds are raised “from the inside out!”

Dr. Michael Shugrue

Michael Shugrue has made his mission to bring top performers, such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, to the college’s Center for the Arts. As a result of his generosity, CSI students, faculty, staff, and community members have the opportunity to see world-class performance art free of charge. Dr. Shugrue’s events continue to draw the largest audiences to CSI’s Center for the Arts. His total commitment to date is nearly $140,000.


Staten Island Foundation

The Staten Island Foundation has generously supported a host of CSI programs and initiatives that have had tremendous impact on the community. Having provided over $758,000 of support, the SI Foundation ranks as CSI’s most generous supporter.


Brooklyn Home for Aged Men

One of the college’s newer supporters is the Brooklyn Home For Aged Men. During these difficult financial times, it has provided an infusion of scholarship funds through an endowment of $100,000 to support CSI nursing students. The funds were matched by the U.S. Department of Education, thus doubling the impact of the gift.