Trustee Expectations

The UC Santa Cruz Foundation is a public nonprofit corporation organized in 1974 to raise and manage private support for UC Santa Cruz. Working in close partnership with the Chancellor, administration, faculty and staff of UC Santa Cruz, the Foundation Trustees share the University’s vision of academic excellence and its commitment to public service, and serve as advisors, advocates, fundraisers and stewards of UC Santa Cruz's endowed and custodial investments.  


Time Commitment

  • Full participation in the Board’s three meetings per year is encouraged. These meetings typically include both learning about the campus and discussions with top leadership, in addition to furthering the Board's goals.
  • Serve on a committee or in another volunteer capacity, and contribute personal skills, knowledge and expertise.
  • Support and participate as able in UC Santa Cruz's signature events and outreach activities in your region, and encourage others to attend.


  • Commit to UC Santa Cruz as one of your philanthropic priorities, and to helping advance the campus in your area(s) of choice.
  • Commensurate with the Board’s goal of 100% giving by Trustees, make a personally significant annual gift.
  • Make a special, capital, or planned gift to the University as circumstances allow and at levels that will inspire others to emulate that support.


  • Determine and endorse the mission, vision, values and goals of the Foundation.
  • Provide guidance and counsel on the general operations and program activities of the Foundation, in accordance with the bylaws and UC Campus Foundations policy.
  • Provide fiduciary oversight to assure optimal investment strategies and management of Foundation assets.


  • Serve as UC Santa Cruz ambassadors and partners in fundraising for campus goals and priorities, and help to ensure UC Santa Cruz's place in the hearts and minds of donors.
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and volunteers, and provide stewardship for gifts received.


  • Be informed about local, state, and national issues affecting higher education and be a strong advocate for the University of California in general and UC Santa Cruz in particular.


Revised version approved by the Board on October 19, 2013