Dear Colleagues:

We are extremely pleased to announce that Marc and Lynne Benioff have made an extraordinary $100 million gift to UCSF Children’s Hospital, which today is officially renamed the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

This generous donation brings UCSF Medical Center to $320 million in pledges for our philanthropic goal of $600 million toward building a 289-bed, $1.5 billion Children’s, Women’s and Cancer hospital complex at Mission Bay.

Lynne and Marc Benioff are amazing people. Marc is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of; and Lynne serves on the UCSF Foundation Board. Their daughter was born almost two years ago at UCSF. Marc designed philanthropy into the very fabric of, donating 1 percent of the company’s equity, 1 percent of profits and 1 percent of employee time to support community needs. The Benioffs have decided to focus their personal philanthropy on UCSF Children’s Hospital, with the goal of not only seeing the new hospital built but significantly advancing children’s health worldwide.

We are deeply appreciative of their generosity and their commitment to this extremely important project and cause.  An article describing the Benioffs and their gift appears in today’s Wall Street Journal

We will schedule time in the near future to celebrate the Benioffs, their gift and the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. For now, we celebrate the generosity of spirit and the confidence that the Benioffs have shown in UCSF, and the work that will be done on behalf of children here and around the world.


Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H.
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

Mark Laret
UCSF Medical Center
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital