Frequently Asked Questions

How will the funds be used?

Money raised in The Campaign for UC Santa Cruz will support students and faculty as they pursue learning, teaching, and research, and the university’s mission of public service. Donors designate which funds and initiatives they want to support, including funds designated for use by the Chancellor’s Office, academic divisions, library and other campus units in areas of greatest impact.

Why does UC Santa Cruz need to raise money?

Increased donor investment will allow the university to maintain and increase its impact as a premier destination for undergraduate students and global leader in research. The traditional model of funding higher education has changed in recent decades: in 1991, state funds accounted for 50 percent of UC Santa Cruz’s budget; today it is just 20 percent. As a result, the cost to students has risen dramatically, and many campus programs have been cut back. Support from private individuals, foundations, and organizations is essential to fulfilling our mission.

What size gifts are being sought?

Gifts of all sizes are needed to help the campaign reach its goal. Donations can be made online, by phone, or through a development officer or campus leader. Those planning gifts of $25,000 or more are asked to call 831-459-5718 for assistance.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes. Upon receipt of your contribution, you will be issued an Official Gift Receipt with the value of your donation, its campus designation, and the appropriate federal tax identification number.

How can I help?

The most obvious ways to help are to give and to spread the word. Share your passion for UC Santa Cruz with others and consider how you can use your own philanthropy to support the impact of this campus.