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Donor and Fund Stewardship

Discover how the Donor and Fund Stewardship Office acknowledges gifts to the university, administers funds, facilitates the creation of endowed chairs, and oversees fundraising groups.

The Donor and Fund Stewardship Office seeks to strengthen ongoing relationships with the university's donors by providing timely communication about gift funds and supporting the appropriate use of those funds.

Endowed chairs

Donor and Fund Stewardship helps facilitate the approval process for endowed chairs by:

  • Maintaining comprehensive records about endowed chairs, their purpose, approval, and funds associated with the chairs.  
  • Facilitating any changes made to endowed chair names, purposes, or terms (these are rare)
  • Working with Development and other campus representatives seeking to establish chairs
  • Monitoring and identifying chairs that are unfilled for an extended period or have accumulated income

Complete list of endowed chairs at UC San Diego

Endowed Chair policy:

Fund stewardship

Helps you oversee funds by:

  • Ensuring compliance with UC and UCSD policies
  • Informing units about the purpose and appropriate use of gift funds, upon request
  • Providing annual endowed fund reports that show market value, gift inflows, and payout
  • Providing campus leadership with filled/ unfilled endowed chair reports
  • Sustaining donor relations by partnering with Development to create Impact Reports
  • Providing financial information to gift funds through an online dashboard
  • Analyzing current use fund activity

Gift acknowledgement

Supports the production of:

  • Receipt letters
  • Acknowledgement letters
  • First-time donor acknowledgement
  • Honor and memorial acknowledgements
  • Employer matching gift reminders and acknowledgements

Naming agreements

Individual donors can be honored by naming university property, a program, or facility. Donor Stewardship facilitates the approvals for naming agreements.

  • Donor Stewardship partners with Campus Planning to maintain a comprehensive campus list of donor namings

Support groups

The Support Group Office oversees the creation and compliance of any group or organization whose primary purpose is to assist the campus through fundraising, public outreach, and other support for the university’s mission.