Office of University Development

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Resources for Faculty

The Development Office, and particularly Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR), is a centralized resource for faculty, staff, and development officers interested in soliciting funds from individuals, corporations and private foundations. We:

  • Provide the highest quality, confidential professional development advice and donor relations-focused service
  • Ensure that potential funding resources a faculty member identifies are approached for the benefit of that faculty member’s priorities first, depending on donor interest
  • Conduct research to identify potential funding sources, assist with drafting letters of inquiry, coordinate the development of proposals, and help facilitate the application process
  • Assist with stewardship reports required by some donors and other essential stewardship activities


The following are a few areas in which the Office of Development and faculty members most often coordinate – please click below to learn more:

Centrally Coordinated Foundations
Proof of IRS Not-for-Profit Status “501(c)(3) Letter”
SF State University Corporation Financial Documents
SF State University Foundation Financial Documents
How to process gifts, grants, sponsorships and other donations
How to process wired funds, and stocks or bonds
Proposal and Letter of Inquiry Development Guide

Identifying Potential Funders
Development Project Approval Form
About Scholarships and Endowments


Please click here to contact the SF State Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) when planning to approach the few foundations and other funding organizations which engage almost exclusively in competitive RFP-focused sponsored research partnerships.


Centrally Coordinated Foundations
We encourage multiple approaches to most potential donors. A small number of leading private foundations have requested that SF State coordinate inquiries and formal applications – whether the approach is in response to a formal RFP or a general submission, and whether it will result in a gift or a grant. 

In order to best facilitate the most productive relationship between these donors and SF State we've compiled a list of centrally coordinated foundations, and we ask that you check with us as to the best way of approaching them. 

To apply for clearance to approach a centrally coordinated foundation listed below please click here.

For more information contact Cynthia King at (415) 338-3826 or


Ford Foundation

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund

Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund

Miriam and Peter Haas Foundation

Walter & Elise Haas Fund (Haas, Sr)

William Randolph Hearst Foundations

Herbst Foundation, Inc.

Supporting Foundations of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

W.M. Keck Foundation

Koret Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Marin Community Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Bernard Osher Foundation



Proof of SF State IRS Not-for-Profit Status or “510(c)(3) Letter”

Click here

SF State Tax ID #: 94-1384645


The University Corporation, SF State Financial Documents
The following are often requested by foundation funders, and sometimes by corporate sponsors, as a component of the gift of grant application process.  Click on the following for:

  1. IRS 990:
  2. Board of Directors List:


SF State University Foundation Financial Documents
See the following links: TBD


How to process gifts, grants, sponsorships and other donations
In general, all gifts and grants and sponsorships can be addressed to “San Francisco State University” and mailed to:

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132-4028

For more information contact:

  1. For corporate donations and sponsorships or for foundation gifts and grants: Contact Cynthia King at (415) 338-3826 or
  2. For gifts from individuals: Mark Kelleher, Senior Director of Development, 415/405-3625 or  


How to process wired funds, and stocks or bonds
Click on the following for:

  1. Wired Funds
  2. Stocks or Bonds

Please let Advancement Services know as soon as possible that a donation is being wired, or stocks or bonds transferred.  To avoid funds remaining indefinitely in a “suspension account” provide the donor’s name and the amount expected to Irina Krasnitskaya, Interim Advancement Services Manager, 415338-3826 or


Proposal and Letter of Inquiry Development Guide
We hope the following will be useful to faculty members who are attempting to identify a program or initiative that might attract private support, especially from foundations.  For more information please contact Cynthia King at (415) 338-3826 or

Please see the following links:

  1. Finding the Foundation Fundable Project in an Idea
  2. Letter of Inquiry Development Guide
  3. Proposal Development Guide


Identifying Potential Funders

Please see the following links to help identify potential funders by searching key words related to your program or project. The 990 Forms provided by foundations and available via these websites are especially useful in determining the size of a grant to request from a particular foundation. (most comprehensive information, low annual membership fee) (free password membership, 990 Forms)


Development Project Approval Form
SF State and the Office of Development strongly encourages faculty members with significant project plans, including program and budget, to coordinate closely with their department chairs or division directors – and with their deans or the provost – to determine if the potential initiative will be supported as a priority. Once that support is secured, to engage the Development Office, please click here to download a Development Project Approval Form. Please send the completed form to Anne Harris, Associate Vice President for Development, at


About Scholarships and Endowments
When working with a donor it is important to understand that a scholarship or other program fund may be named for the donor with a minimum pledge or outright gift of $25,000. Pledges may be made for up to five years.

A $25,000 dollar endowment generates approximately $1,000 dollars annually. However, current annual tuition and fees are more than $6,000 annually and climbing, and the total annual average cost to attend SF State including books and living expenses is fast approaching $20,000.

Consequently, named scholarship funds of $200,000 or more are encouraged as the annual income from this level of endowment will cover tuition, books and some living expenses.

A partial list of other endowment levels:  Center or Institute $1,000,000; Chair $1,000,000; Professorship $750,000; Senior Faculty Fellowship $350,000; Graduate Student Fellowship $50,000; Undergraduate Scholarship $25,000.

The development office will be happy to work with any faculty member to provide a donor with appropriate and satisfactory recognition for any level of support.  For more information, please contact the major gift officer assigned to your College or program; or contact Mark Kelleher, Senior Director of Development, 415/405-3625,


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