Memorial Gifts

A memorial gift to UC Santa Cruz is a heartfelt way to pay tribute to a friend, colleague, mentor, or loved one while supporting the mission and programs of the university. Memorial gifts can be made online, by mail, by phone, by payroll deduction (for UCSC employees), and through endowments or planned giving.

We send a card or email to the family, depending on your preference, to let them know about this tribute. We do not share the gift amount and you can also remain anonymous.


For obituary announcements, we suggest the following language, which can be tailored to your needs:

Memorial contributions may be made through the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. Please direct your contributions to (fund of your choice) in memory of (the name of your friend or loved one). Visit or send a gift to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation, Dept. 44787, PO Box 44000, San Francisco, CA 94144-4787.


Memorial endowments provide meaningful support to students, faculty, and programs at UC Santa Cruz. For gifts of $50,000 and more, an endowed memorial scholarship can be created that will exist in perpetuity, creating a living legacy and helping students for years to come.

If you want to learn more about establishing a memorial fund, please contact a development officer for the area you wish to support or email


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