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As a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the mission and programs of the University of California Press, the UC Press Foundation relies on the generous contributions of members who champion independent publishing, critical thinking and bold creativity.

All donors who make gifts of $100 and above are entered into the UC Press Foundation membership program and receive member benefits including at least one UC Press book, discounts on purchases and a subscription to the Foundation newsletter. Donors at higher levels receive additional benefits, as detailed below.

Exceptional books require exceptional resources. Contributions help UC Press maintain the high-quality production values required for image reproductions and other special features. They also help to keep book prices affordable for students, scholars and general readers. You may also choose to underwrite a group or series of publications in a particular subject with a gift of $25,000 or more. A modest portion of all gifts is applied to the Foundation's administrative overhead. 

UC Press Foundation Membership Levels, Dues and Benefits


$100 annual contribution

One UC Press book

20% discount on UC Press books

Subscription to Member e-newsletter

Special email notifications

Priority invitations to UC Press events

Acknowledgment in Annual Report and on UC Press website


$250 annual contribution

All Friend-level benefits, plus

Two UC Press books

30% discount on UC Press books 


$500 annual contribution

All Sponsor-level benefits, plus

A special multi-volume set of UC Press books

35% discount on UC Press books

      Director’s Circle

$1,000 annual contribution

All Patron-level benefits, plus

Name recognition in annual Director’s Circle book

Chairman’s Circle

$2,500 annual contribution

All Patron-level benefits, plus

Name recognition in annual Chairman’s Circle book

40% discount on UC Press books

Literati Circle

$5,000 annual contribution

All Chairman’s Circle benefits, plus

Name recognition in annual Literati Circle book

Invitation to annual event with UC Press staff and authors

Publisher’s Circle

$10,000 annual contribution

All Literati Circle benefits, plus

Name recognition in annual Publisher’s Circle book

Name recognition in additional book selected in accordance with member’s interest

How to Use Your Membership Discount to Purchase Books

When you join UC Press Foundation a member at the Friend level or above, you will receive a discount code corresponding to your membership level that will remain active for the one-year membership period. You may use the code to receive your discount when placing orders on the UC Press website (enter your code in the “Discount Code” field at the bottom of the shopping cart) or by calling 800.343.4499 (provide your code to the customer service representative).

If you’ve misplaced your code, please contact UC Press Foundation Development Director Steven Jenkins at or 510.883.8307.

Please note that your membership discount is not valid for books published by UC Press distribution partners and cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.