Endowments: gifts with impact for generations to come

Creating an endowment or contributing to an existing one provides a steady and lasting source of income to support causes that are meaningful to you. Your established endowed fund can be designated for a specific purpose, for the University's highest priorities, or for a specific school or program of your choosing. 

Creating a legacy

How does an endowment work? Money contributed to an endowed fund is invested in a portfolio of public and private investments with the potential to provide a high return and growth of principal over time. Each year, a portion of endowment earnings is paid out to support the programs or purposes chosen at the time of the gift.  
The ongoing, dependable funding provided by an endowment can make the crucial difference in a student’s ability to attend UCSF, provide addition support to a faculty member, or contribute to research that may someday lead to a cure for a debilitating disease.

UCSF’s endowment, with assets now at the $3.2 billion mark, comprises more than 1,300 individual funds, including more than 400 endowed chairs and professorships and more than 300 endowed student support funds.  

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Endowed Funds Give Teen a Chance at Life

Audrey Price might owe her life to a man she never met. The teen had a brain aneurysm that could only be treated at a specialized facility such as UCSF’s Pediatric Brain Center. The center was co-founded by Heather Fullerton, MD, the Kenneth Rainin Professor in Pediatric Stroke Care and one of the world's leading experts on pediatric stroke, and Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD, an expert in brain tumor progression and neurological disorders in children.
The endowed professorship Fullerton holds, which was created through Rainin’s estate, provided the opportunity to establish the center that helped save Audrey's life.

Heather Fullerton, MD, and Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD, stand in one of the patient rooms at the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center at Mission Bay. Photo by Cindy Chew.


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