Faculty & Staff Stewardship Award Program

Program Overview

A successful fundraising and development program integrates stewardship activities at every step of the fundraising cycle. Stewardship, as it pertains to this award, is a process whereby an organization seeks to be worthy of continued philanthropic support, including the acknowledgment of gifts, donor recognition, the honoring of donor intent, prudent investment of gifts, and the effective and efficient use of funds to further the mission of the organization (AFP Fundraising Directory).

To promote outstanding stewardship of our donors, the Faculty and Staff Stewardship Award Program, recognizes UC Davis employees who, although their job descriptions may not include donor stewardship, demonstrate excellent results in engaging with and acknowledging our donors and supporters.  In an ongoing effort to create a culture of philanthropy university-wide, this award celebrates the uniquely important role that faculty and staff can play in effective donor stewardship and relationship-building activities in support of UC Davis. 

Award Description

The Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the UC Davis Foundation Board Stewardship Committee proudly recognize faculty and staff on the Davis and Sacramento campuses for their innovative and notable leadership in stewarding UC Davis donors and supporters. At least two winners (one faculty, one staff) will be recognized by the Chancellor every fall at the Leadership Giving Society gala, Foundation Board meeting, and will also receive a token of appreciation as well as an article in Dateline that celebrates their impactful work on behalf of UC Davis.

2017 Winners: 
  • Faculty Stewardship Award, Leonard J. Abbeduto, Ph.D., Director, UC Davis MIND Institute
  • Faculty Stewardship Award, Michael S. Kent, D.V.M., ’97, Director of the Center for Companion Animal Health, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Staff Stewardship Award, Charles “Chik” Brenneman, ’00, Supervisor, Viticulture and Enology
2016 Winners:
  • *Lifetime Achievement Award, Ralph W. de Vere White, M.D., UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Faculty Stewardship Award, Charles W. Bamforth, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Staff Stewardship Award, Mark J. Van Horn, Director, UC Davis Student Farm
2015 Inaugural Winners
  • *Lifetime Achievement Award, Roger Boulton, Ph.D., Stephen Sinclair Scott Chair, Professor, Viniculture and Enology
  • Faculty Stewardship Award, Mark J. Mannis, MD, FACS, Fosse Endowed Chair in Vision Science Research, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science, UC Davis Eye Center
  • Staff Stewardship Award, Zachary Frieders, Director, UC Davis Study Abroad

Who May Nominate, Who May Qualify

When you nominate such an outstanding individual, the Faculty and Staff Stewardship Award encourages and recognizes that employee for exemplary efforts that demonstrate the impact of philanthropy and significantly strengthen a donor’s relationship with the university.

Any UC Davis employee, UC Davis Foundation Board Trustee, or campus volunteer, who is familiar with the individual may nominate.  Individuals may not self-nominate and are not eligible to win more than one award in a five-year period.  Because this award is intended to recognize employees who are working beyond the scope of their job descriptions to steward our donors, Development and Alumni Relations employees are not eligible.

Nominators will also receive a small token of appreciation and recognition from the Vice Chancellor at a University Development meeting.

How to Nominate

Access the nominations form below and submit forms year-round to Casey Becker, Recognition and Stewardship Program Manager, Office of Donor Relations via email at cschell@ucdavis.edu.

Nomination Form


What makes an outstanding nomination?

  • Tell the story: In reviewing applications, the nominations that stand out are those that articulate a relationship-building story or outstanding behavioral patterns that define outcomes.
  • Examples/Attachments: Providing examples as attachments help reviewers visualize the stewardship efforts taking place.
  • Quotes/Endorsements: Illustrating your nomination through testimonials/quotes from donors, coworkers, or leadership reinforces the impact.
  • Qualitative & Quantitative: A well balanced nomination has demonstrates the qualitative aspects of the nominee as well as their qualitative successes.
Award Categories
  • Faculty or Campus Leadership
  • Staff
  • *Lifetime Achievement Award (Lifetime Achievement Award will only be awarded as applicable, not necessarily on an annual basis)
Award Criteria

Our colleagues demonstrate UC Davis pride through meaningful activities that:

  • Demonstrate impact of a donor’s philanthropy
  • Are personalized and meaningful to the donor
  • Demonstrate the strengthening of the relationship between UC Davis and the donor
  • Are innovative and original
  • Have shown persistence and long-term commitment to high-quality stewardship efforts
Annual Award Timeline
  • Call for Nominations: February
  • Nomination Deadline: April/May (to coincide with UCDFB Spring Board Meeting)
  • Winners Notified: July/August via mailed letter to preferred address
  • Awards Ceremony: October (to coincide with the UCDFB Fall Breakfast Board Meeting)

*NOTE: Nominations are accepted year-round, so please feel free to nominate at any point in the cycle and the Office of Donor Relations will determine when to move forward your nomination.