On Sept. 22, 2016, Harvey (right) and Harriet (left) Bookstein announced their intention to donate $750,000 for the creation of an endowment to support in perpetuity the CSUN VITA Clinic. Their donation will be matched with a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Booksteins’ gift was announced by CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills at a gala celebration marking the 50th anniversary for the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. The gift to the CSUN VITA Clinic was part of a $5 million donation to the Nazarian College. Their gift established the Bookstein Distinguished Chair in Real Estate Endowment in the real estate program.
The remaining portion of their gift created the Bookstein Leadership Endowment to support the college’s highest strategic priorities. “For years, Harvey and Harriet have invested their time, their energy and their resources to benefit CSUN’s business students,” President Harrison said. “This transformative gift is a legacy to their dedication to their alma mater and will benefit future generations of students.” Harvey Bookstein said he couldn’t imagine not making the gift to CSUN. “Every time you get near the students of CSUN and see how their eyes light up from the education they are getting, I don’t see how you couldn’t do something for the university,” he said.
“To see how different the students are from when they first get onto the campus to when they graduate — to see how much they have learned and grown — it’s amazing.” Harriet Bookstein echoed her husband’s sentiments. “Harvey and I feel so fortunate that we are able to touch so many lives in a positive way,” she said. Calling CSUN a bright shining jewel, she went on to exclaim, “How wonderful is it to accomplish this in our lifetime, and to impact future generations.”