Donor FAQs

Why are Eli and Edythe Broad honored in the Center’s name?

In 2007, Eli and Edythe Broad generously donated $20 million to advance the stem cell research initiative at UCLA. The Center was renamed in their honor.

Who do you rely on most for funding?

We rely on a combination of sources to maintain our fiscal health. In addition to the invaluable support from the Broad Foundations, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fund the majority of our research activities. Philanthropic support is also a cornerstone of our program.

Increasingly, we rely on the generous philanthropy from individuals and foundations. Philanthropic contributions support faculty recruitment and retention, our state-of-the-art facilities, and promising nascent research critical for the field but without enough preliminary data for submission to the NIH or CIRM.

I want to make a considerable gift to the stem cell center. How do I proceed?

Thank you for wanting to invest your resources in our work. Please call our administrative office and ask to speak to the BSCRC Director of Development so that we can learn more about your interests, answer any questions you may have, provide information on our stellar programs and share with you our greatest needs.

Can I designate my donation to a specific research area or faculty member?

The BSCRC has many needs and priority areas. If you are interested in supporting the advancement of the stem cell field, the highest impact is through our Stem Cell Research Fund. Under the direction of BSCRC Director Dr. Owen Witte, the Stem Cell Research Fund enables our leadership to identify and fund our priority and high impact areas.

If you prefer to support a specific area of research we are happy to help you identify where your valuable gift will have the most impact and can establish a special fund to be designated toward supporting your area of interest.

Why is philanthropy important?

While California institutions benefit from CIRM, that funding will be available for a finite period of time. Though the NIH has relaxed its restrictions on stem cell research its recent funding has steadily decreased among academic universities. In order to sustain and expand our program the BSCRC needs to build a robust fundraising program that supports our outstanding faculty and their cutting edge research.

What are your administrative expenses?

We focus our resources on research and maintain low administrative overhead. Our structure minimizes duplication of effort by accessing resources from the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and other campus entities. Sharing staff and other administrative resources has enabled us to ensure a low administrative overhead in which no donations are used for administrative expenses. Instead, all gifts support BSCRC research and education, including the purchase of state-of-the-art technology, laboratories, and faculty recruitment. Please note, consistent with other institutions, UCLA does employ a 6.5% gift fee on every philanthropic donation that is made.

What do the remaining resources support?

We make every effort to allocate substantial resources to support our faculty and their research efforts. This includes direct research support through our research grant program, offering access to the most advanced technologies and facilities, and ongoing education and training.

Is there a minimum gift amount?

All contributions, large or small, are welcome. We are focused on building a long term community of support and appreciate donations in any amount so long as it is meaningful to you. Your personal commitment to our work is equally as important to your financial commitment.

How can I stay up to date on the work underway at the stem cell center?

We send out periodic emails updating our constituency about the breadth of activity at the stem cell center and are currently developing a quarterly newsletter. Please subscribe here to be added to the email distribution list and upcoming newsletter.

Can I make an online donation?

Contributing online is easy, simply follow this link here. Please feel free to call us with specific questions about how your funds can have the most impact on our work.