October 4, 2017

(including UC San Diego Health System)

SUBJECT:    Excellence in Stewardship Award Call for Nominations

The UC San Diego Foundation's Stewardship Committee will present the 6th Annual Excellence in Stewardship Awards in June 2018. I invite and highly encourage you to identify individuals among your co-workers who exemplify excellence in building and sustaining relationships with UC San Diego’s supporters, volunteers and external community members.

Friends of UC San Diego consistently remind us that relationships between our university and the community are built and sustained by individuals – our staff and faculty who respect and care about our supporters and understand the importance of helping them realize their vision for philanthropic impact.

Exceptional stewardship of our community supporters is critical to the success of the most ambitious fundraising campaign in our university’s history. It is imperative that we keep our friends engaged and emphasize our appreciation for the critical role they play in UC San Diego’s success.

Any UC San Diego employee, UC San Diego Foundation Board Trustee, or campus volunteer may nominate individuals with whom they are familiar for the staff category or the faculty category. Please note, because this award is intended to recognize employees who are working beyond the scope of their job descriptions to engage and inform our donors, Advancement staff, senior administrators (including vice chancellors, deans, or other campus leaders whose job description intrinsically includes the stewardship of donors) and University Communications and Public Affairs employees are not eligible.

The 2017 Excellence in Stewardship awardees were Dr. Ellen Beck, Executive Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic Project, and Rudy Murillo, Director of State Government Relations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

You may access additional information and the nomination form here: https://blink.ucs Please submit nominations to Christy Bliss via email at or through campus mail at MC 0141 no later than January 19, 2018.

Awardees selected by the UC San Diego Foundation's Stewardship Committee will be notified in February. Awards will be presented at the UC San Diego Foundation's annual dinner in June.

Questions regarding the award program may be directed to Christy Bliss at or (858) 822-6604. Thank you, most sincerely, for your commitment to stewarding our supporters and to fostering a culture of philanthropy at UC San Diego.

Pradeep K. Khosla