UC Press Foundation

Members and Donors Make all the Difference



As a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the UC Press Foundation raises funds to support the mission and programs of UC Press. These funds, generously provided by a wide range of individual and institutional donors, are crucial to the ongoing success of the Press, a fiercely independent publisher of the finest academic and trade books and journals for which sales revenue and modest University of California subsidies do not entirely cover operating expenses.


Each year, UC Press publishes nearly 200 new books and 30 multi-issue journals on international, national and regional topics in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Keeping in print approximately 5,000 backlist titles, the Press also provides all of its journals and more than 3,000 books in digital formats.

Donors play a critical role in providing the resources necessary to sustain these efforts and publish outstanding works. Funders at all levels value the Press’s smart, compassionate takes on social justice issues, its celebration of unbridled creative expression, and its championing of enlightened ideals. Community giving is particularly crucial in this confounding political moment, when “alternative facts,” “fake news” and troubling anti-intellectual trends must be countered with rigorous scholarship and the upholding of intelligent public discourse on the most vital and compelling issues of our time.

Your support enables UC Press to:

Drive progressive social change by seeking out and cultivating the brightest minds and giving them voice, reach and impact.

Publish bold, forward-thinking works that inspire engagement, drive policy and inform debate among inquiring scholars, students, policymakers, library users and readers worldwide.

Embark on new and expanded initiatives, including digital publishing.

ways to give

Supporting the UC Press Foundation is easy, and all gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Cash Gifts: If you would like to make a donation by check or credit card, please designate UC Press Foundation as the payee. Download our mail-in gift form or donate online.

Securities: To transfer stock or securities, please complete our Authorization of Stock Transfer form.

IRA Distribution: If you are at least 70-1/2 years old and have an IRA, you may be able to make tax-free distributions for charitable purposes. Please contact your IRA trustee for guidance or to make a payment directly to UC Press Foundation.

Planned Gifts: Your dedication to supporting scholarship in the humanities and sciences can help UC Press publish vital work for generations to come. Learn more about various planned giving opportunities.

Matching Gifts: Increase your benefits by participating in your company's matching gift program! Contact your human resources office for the appropriate form and include it with your gift. We are pleased to recognize the total amount of your and your company's generosity.

For more information, please contact Development Director Steven Jenkins at sjenkins@ucpress.edu or 510.883.8307.

Types of Gifts

Membership Gifts: Join us as a member and contribute to our annual fund while supporting Foundation operations and enjoying membership benefits. Members at higher levels can make major gifts to support a range of publications, special projects and strategic initiatives. Circle-level donors sponsor the editing, design and production of specific UC Press books, in which they are acknowledged by name.

Endowment Gifts: These gifts support UC Press programs in perpetuity.


Elizabeth Birka-White, President

Michelle Lee Flores

David Hayes-Bautista

Patricia Klaus

Marcy Krinsk

Michelle Lerach

Judith Kafka Maxwell

Marjorie Randolph

Stephen Silberstein

Peter Stern

Thomas J. White