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Building the UCSF Foundation Endowment

An endowment brings together donors, a vision, and a leading clinician, educator, or scientist who will carry this vision forward. This synergy of generosity, purpose, and leadership generates a force that ripples out in multiple directions and for many years. By establishing an endowment of any size and for any purpose, donors help to ensure the future quality and international preeminence of UCSF. All great institutions rely on a foundation of endowments to provide a reliable source of funding for their premier programs and talent.

The two main ways you can help build the UCSF Foundation’s endowment are to make a major outright gift to the endowment during your lifetime or to include a bequest to the UCSF Foundation endowment in your estate plan. The importance of helping to build a strong endowment cannot be overstated because a strong endowment is what enables UCSF to recruit and retain a distinguished faculty, attract the best and brightest students, perform groundbreaking research, and provide the best in clinical care. As we build endowment support for the people, programs, and patients of UCSF, we create a steady and reliable stream of annual funding in the form of endowment income, which ensures that important programs will continue to exist and thrive long into the future.

Below are descriptions of the different types of endowed funds available at UCSF and the minimum gift amounts needed to fund them.

Type of Endowment Minima
General Endowment $100,000
Lectureship $200,000
Endowed Scholarship $125,000
• Dean’s Endowed Scholarship $250,000
• Chancellor’s Endowed Scholarship $500,000
Endowed Fellowship $250,000
• Dean’s Endowed Fellowship $500,000
• Chancellor’s Endowed Fellowship $1,000,000
Research Fund $1,000,000
Endowed Professorship $1,000,000
• Distinguished Professorship (SOD, SON, SOP) $2,500,000
• Distinguished Professorship (SOM) $4,000,000
Faculty Scholar Fund (Junior Faculty)
Chair’s Professorship
(Held by Department Chair or ORU Director)
• Dean’s Professorship
(Held by Deans of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy)
• Dean’s Professorship (Held by Dean of Medicine) $10,000,000
UCSF Professorship (Administered by Chancellor) $5,000,000

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