How to Donate

Major gifts

Major gifts, often in the form of a Distinguished Professorship or Endowed Chair, provide funding in perpetuity and creates an enduring, highly visible 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.

Distinguished professorships and endowments

Distinguished professorships and endowments will enable the center to grow and enrich the program in many ways. These gifts allow deans and directors to enhance existing programs by creating fellowships and lectureships. They also support promising new programs that might otherwise go unfunded.

Additionally, distinguished professorships and 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. Naming opportunities are often available with endowments.

Unrestricted gifts

Other gifts include unrestricted funds to support center priorities such as faculty initiatives, research efforts and capital projects, just to name a few.

Contact us

For more information, please contact our associate director of development, Emily Muller at (415) 502-3416 or [email protected]. As development director for the Department of Psychiatry, Ms. Muller works with our friends and supporters to encourage philanthropic giving to our programs. Historically, private philanthropy has played a crucial role in the advancement of teaching, education and research. This trend is all the more important today with cutbacks in federal funding for research.

With the financial support of those whose lives have been touched by our faculty and staff, the UCSF Department of Psychiatry will continue to make pioneering discoveries that improve the lives of patients.