UCSF Foundation Overview
The UCSF Foundation, established in 1982, is the giving, receiving and investing arm of the University of California, San Francisco. As the University receives a diminishing portion—less than 8% in 2010—of its operating budget from state appropriations, UCSF relies increasingly on philanthropic support to continue its work locally, nationally and internationally and to provide the margin of excellence that distinguishes UCSF’s schools and hospitals. Through the leadership, guidance and generosity of the Foundation Board of Directors and other donors and volunteer leaders, the Foundation helps ensure that UCSF remains among the finest academic, research and clinical care institutions worldwide.
The UCSF Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, the campus’s premier volunteer leadership group. Foundation Directors are elected to renewable three-year terms. As the fiduciary trustees of the UCSF Foundation, Directors oversee Foundation operations, business affairs and assets, set and implement Foundation goals, and advise university leadership on strategies to advance the Chancellor’s vision. In addition, Foundation Directors serve as advocates and ambassadors for UCSF.
Much of the Foundation Board’s work is accomplished and assisted through several committees—Audit, Investment, Marketing, Government Relations, Nominating and Real Estate—as well as fundraising campaign cabinets and dedicated leadership councils. The Foundation’s daily operations are administered by UCSF’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations, which is responsible for garnering private support and fostering communication and campus outreach efforts to UCSF donors, alumni and other constituents.