How You Can Help

The whole UCSF community is working hard to ensure that we continue to provide the best care to those who need it and the best solutions to this global pandemic. Below are several ways that you can support our efforts during this critical time.


Make a Financial Gift

Thank you for considering a gift to support UCSF, as we work to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. We are coordinating with colleagues across the Bay Area and Northern California to care for patients while also protecting the health of our faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors. As the COVID-19 outbreak expands, teams throughout UCSF’s hospitals, clinics, and research labs are actively monitoring and responding to the evolving situation.

Learn more about the UCSF COVID-19 Response Fund and how your gift will be used »


Join a Research Study

UCSF researchers are leading a variety of projects related to better tracking the spread of COVID-19, finding therapies for the illness, and developing a vaccine for the virus. Whether you've had COVID-19 or not, you can help by participating in one of our studies.

See what UCSF studies are seeking participants »


Send a Message to Our Health Care Workers

Our UCSF Health staff is working around the clock to care for patients during the COVID-19 crisis. They would love to receive encouraging notes and drawings from kids (and adults!) during these challenging times.

Learn more about how you can thank our #UCSFHeroes »


Participate in a Blood Drive

As people shelter at home, there has been a critical nationwide blood shortage, which will impact UCSF Health and our ability to care for patients. 

The nation’s two largest blood providers, American Red Cross and Vitalant, have put out calls for emergency donations. UCSF is partnering with Vitalant, the largest provider in San Francisco, to address this growing crisis with a series of blood drives.

If you would like to donate and aren’t able to get your preferred slot or all available appointment slots are filled, please consider donating at a blood center in the Bay Area of your choosing (Vitalant or American Red Cross).


Donate Personal Protective Equipment

UCSF is accepting donations of critical supplies for our frontline care providers, including protective equipment and sanitizing items. We’ve set up donation sites at the below locations, as well as a mail delivery option below.

  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
    Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    747 52nd St., Oakland
    Ambassador Desk
    Get directions
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

    Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Vermont Street behind Building 5 by loading dock, access via 22nd Street
    Watch for signs directing you to the PPE drop off site
    Get directions

Supplies can also be donated by mail. Donations should be sent to:

  • COVID-19 Donations
    University of California, San Francisco
    C/O Supply Chain Management
    612 Forbes Blvd. Oyster Point
    So. San Francisco, CA 94080

Currently, UCSF can only accept the following donated supplies:

  • Unused disposable N95 respirators and surgical masks. The packages can be opened, as long as the masks have not been used.
  • Unopened packages of disposable gloves
  • Unopened containers of hand sanitizer
  • Unopened containers of disinfectants and disinfecting wipes
  • Packaged, unused protective goggles.

Please note: We cannot accept any other supplies at this time and must keep storage space at our donation sites available for the items above. This includes no homemade or fabric masks and gowns because we are unable to ensure that the items will provide the necessary protection.

If you have questions about donations, please contact [email protected]

Industry Donations

If you are a member of a technical organization (biotech, pharma, etc.), and you have supplies you can donate, please contact [email protected] for a complete list of what UCSF needs and how to get it to us.

Food Donations

UCSF is currently unable to accept food donations. While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of support for our frontline staff, UCSF must prioritize donations directly related to delivering health care, and cannot receive, store or distribute food at this time. We encourage anyone who wishes to donate food to consider helping the broader community, including those who are food insecure and the elderly who may be home-bound.