Endowed Gifts

Gifts to the endowment provide an enduring, visible way to sponsor a particular area of research. They give our scientists the freedom to pursue their search for cures for neurodegenerative diseases. They also allow the University to keep its place at the forefront of research by attracting the most distinguished faculty. This gives the IND the financial security we need to:

  • Attract and retain a world-class faculty that leads the way in neurodegenerative research
  • Maintain extraordinary research programs that redefine how problems are approached and solved
  • Speed laboratory discoveries into new clinical therapies
  • Provide educational opportunities sought by students around the world
  • Furnish our scientists with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to continue to make new discoveries

How Endowed Gifts Work

UCSF receives a steady stream of support from more than 700 endowed funds, including over 150 distinguished professorships and endowed chairs. These endowments make possible the University's continued contributions to the future of science and health.

Benefits to the Donor

For the donor, an endowment creates an enduring link between the donor or honoree for whom the endowment is named and the continuing achievements of the program that the endowment supports. Many donors choose to establish an endowment to benefit an area of personal or intellectual interest and then share in the pleasures of the program’s successes. Because endowments exist in perpetuity, donors and their families can enjoy the rewards of these funds for generations.

Benefits to the IND

For the IND, an endowment provides an ongoing source of support—freeing faculty members from the demanding task of applying for grants. Endowments enable the holders to concentrate on their work, as they seek to illuminate the processes of life, search for cures for diseases, train new generations of scholars and treat the patients who rely on them.

Benefits to the University

For UCSF, an endowment enables growth and enrichment in many ways. Endowments allow the deans and directors to enhance existing programs with fellowships and lectureships. They also support promising new programs that might otherwise go unfunded. Additionally, endowments are powerful recruiting tools for attracting and retaining the most talented and sought-after health scientists and teachers. With such first-rate faculty come the brightest graduate students, the most accomplished colleagues and the public and private support that contribute to an intellectually challenging environment.


For more information about endowed gifts, please contact:

Michael Faber
Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development & Alumni Relations
University of California, San Francisco
[email protected]