Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Friday, I announced the launch of UCSF: The Campaign in my annual State of the University address.

I send my thanks to those of you who gathered at Parnassus, Mission Bay, Oakland, and Fresno, as well as those of you who tuned in online. My appreciation also goes to Drs. Hana El-Samad and Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, who joined me to help explain the importance of this comprehensive fundraising campaign to our shared future. If you were unable to attend or watch live, you can watch or read about the event online.

While there were many important topics to cover, the launch of UCSF: The Campaign took center stage. Through this campaign, we will raise $5 billion to attract, retain, and support brilliant faculty members and students and solve the most challenging problems in biology and human health. Thanks to our visionary supporters, we have already raised nearly $3 billion, positioning us more than halfway to our goal.

As much as the campaign focuses on building the University’s endowment, it also helps us raise our voice in a new and vivid way. Together, we must revolutionize health care and improve lives in our communities as well as solve some of the most complex health problems around the world. We are speaking out for the most vulnerable and standing up for the importance of science. By raising our voice through this campaign, we have an unprecedented opportunity and responsibility to rally the support of our allies and partners and inspire them with our striking ambitions.

This is UCSF’s moment. By boldly pursuing the grand challenges of tomorrow—decoding life to improve health, leveraging discovery to revolutionize care, and partnering to achieve health equity—we will transform health, neuroscience, the treatment and prevention of cancer, and much more.

UCSF: The Campaign is about you, the people and communities in San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, and beyond. Faculty, staff, caregivers, researchers, students, and alumni—you are the innovators, the dedicated, the transformational, the advocates, the compassionate.

And for UCSF to be successful, we also all need to be storytellers. Our personal stories of discovery, transformation, compassion, and care are what make our University and its people special. There are many ways to tell UCSF’s story. Go online to learn more about how you can be involved.

Sharing our story through this campaign is how we inspire others to join, support, and be healed by UCSF. I look forward to embarking on UCSF: The Campaign together with you.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor