Resources for Faculty

The Development Office is a centralized resource for faculty, staff and development officers interested in soliciting funds from individuals, corporations and private foundations. 

Our professional staff:

  • Provide the highest quality, confidential development advice and donor-focused service
  • Ensure that faculty-identified potential funding resources are approached with the 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 and other essential stewardship activities

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

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.

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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 regarding the best way to approach them. 

Apply for clearance to approach a centrally coordinated foundation listed below.

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


Development Office Centrally Coordination Foundations

  • 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"

510(c)(3) Form

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

Financial documents for the SF State University Foundation may be found at:


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:

  • For corporate donations and sponsorships or for Foundation gifts and grants: Cynthia King at (415) 338-3826 or
  • For gifts from individuals: Mark Kelleher, Executive Director of Development and Campaign Operations, (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, (415) 338-6571 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, Foundation Relations, 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.

Foundation Center (most comprehensive information, low annual membership fee)

Guidestar (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 submit a Development Project Approval Form to Anne Harris, associate vice president for Development, at


About Scholarships

Scholarships, as well as endowments, may be named in honor of a donor through current or planned gifts. 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 endowment generates approximately $1,000 annually. 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.


About Endowments

A partial list of possible endowments: Center or Institute; Chair; Professorship; Senior Faculty Fellowship; Graduate Student Fellowship; Undergraduate Scholarship.

The Development Office is happy to work with any faculty member to provide a donor with recognition for their support.  For more information, please contact the major gift officer assigned to your college or program; or contact Sergi Avteniev, donor relations, (415) 338-2647,