Trustee Responsibilities

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.  



  1. Commit to UC Santa Cruz as one of your philanthropic priorities, and to help advance the campus in your area(s) of choice.
  2. Commensurate with the Board’s goal of 100% giving by Trustees, make a personally significant annual gift and meet the Foundation’s annual minimum giving requirement.
  3. Make a campaign leadership gift to the University as circumstances allow and at levels that will inspire others to emulate that support.


  1. Serve as UCSC ambassadors and partners in fundraising for campus goals and priorities, and help to ensure UCSC’s place in the hearts and minds of donors.
  2. Partner with UCSC to identify, cultivate and solicit prospective donors and volunteers, and provide stewardship for gifts received.


  1. Be informed about local, state, and national issues affecting higher education and be a strong advocate for UCSC and the University of California system.
  • Represent and reflect the diversity of UCSC’s constituencies, especially its students and alumni.
  • Support and participate as able in UCSC’s events and outreach activities in your region, and encourage others to attend.

Time Commitment/Duties

  1. 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.
  2. Serve on a foundation committee or in another volunteer capacity with UCSC, and contribute personal skills, knowledge and expertise.
  3. Actively engage in the process of recommending and recruiting new Trustees.
Date adopted: February 6, 2021 UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board Meeting