Make a Difference by Supporting Stanford Dermatology

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Department of Dermatology at Stanford. We are committed to the highest level of patient care, as well as the discovery and development of better treatments for dermatologic diseases. Your gift can help advance scientific investigations into dermatologic diseases. It can also help prepare future leaders in dermatology through support of our dermatology trainees.

Gifts to the Department of Dermatology can be set up to support research in a variety of ways. Your gift can be established to support immediate research needs. You may also choose to support the work of a particular physician, researcher, or clinical specialty area.

You might consider long-term support through the establishment of, or contribution to, an endowment. Endowed gifts create a lasting legacy for the donor and provide a perpetual source of support for Stanford Dermatology. Income from an endowment allows us to attract and retain the best physicians and scientists and provides needed resources to establish and sustain programs in research and health care.

For More Information or to Discuss Your Options, Please Contact Development:

Kat Walsch, Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts
Medical Center Development
Phone: 650.724.9860 or Cell: 650.785.4511


Send a Donation By Mail:

Please make checks payable to “Stanford University” with a note designating your gift to the area of your choice.

Stanford University
Development Services
P.O. Box 20466
Stanford, CA 94309

Give Online to the Dermatology Gift Fund:

Visit the Make a Gift Now button to the right to give to the Dermatology Gift Fund, a valuable source of unrestricted support that impacts every aspect of our department, including research, health care and services, physician and scientist training, and community outreach. With gifts to this Fund, we are able to respond more rapidly to new ideas and support the areas of greatest promise.

Double Your Contribution Through Corporate Matching Gifts:

Many companies match gifts made by their employees to non-profit organizations. If your employer has a matching gifts program, your gift to Stanford's Department of Dermatology could be doubled. Contact your human resources department to see whether they will match your donation. If yes, they will provide you with a matching gift form for you to fill out and return with your donation.

Visit our online database of matching gift companies

Gift Securities or Other Non-Cash Assets:

Gifts can also be made with non-cash assets, such as real estate and publicly traded securities. Publicly traded securities can be used to make any type of charitable gift: lifetime outright gifts, life income gifts or bequests.

In making such gifts, you receive a charitable income or estate tax deduction and may defer or avoid altogether the recognition of long-term capital gain in those securities. Publicly traded securities held in a brokerage account may be transferred electronically to Stanford University.

Please contact our development staff for more specific information and transfer instructions.

Make a Tribute Gift:

Tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to show your support for Stanford Dermatology. Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend, or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. Enclose a note with the address, and Stanford will inform the person you designate that a gift has been made in their honor or in memory of their loved one. On the online donation page, you’ll also find a box to enter the name and address of the person you are honoring.

Leave a Legacy Through Planned Giving:

Planned gifts often receive special tax benefits and include gifts through your estate, gifts of principal that pay you income for life, and gifts of retirement plan assets, real property or other complex assets. Planned gifts can be tailored to meet your current and future needs and can provide you with tax savings and other benefits.

Examples of some common planned gifts include:

Bequests: Giving by bequest costs nothing now and may also give you a great deal of satisfaction from the knowledge that your future gift will live on. A gift through your will or trust is entirely free from federal estate taxes. You may make a bequest and retain the ability to change it at any time. 

Life Income Gifts: Life income gifts are created when you transfer cash, securities, real estate or other assets to Stanford. The University then invests those assets and you or another beneficiary receives a stream of income for life, after which the principal comes to Stanford. Donors of life income gifts help to secure the future of Stanford Dermatology in addition to their own.

To learn more, please contact Carol Kersten, J.D., Director of Planned Giving for the Medical Center, at (650) 725-5524 or Further information is also included at the following website: