Giving to Developmental Biology

Gifts to the Devlopmental Biology may be designated as either expendable or endowed. An expendable fund means that the principal is used for the purpose designated by the donor. This type of giving is an excellent way for you to make an immediate impact in areas such as student financial aid and research.

An endowed fund is a permanent source of support. Such gifts are invested by the University to generate annual income, and a portion of the return on the fund is used to support the purpose chosen by the donor. The balance of interest and the appreciation remains in the fund so that the principal continues to grow and keep pace with inflation.

The permanence of an endowed fund, and your ability to name the fund after anyone you choose, makes this type of giving an excellent vehicle for honoring or memorializing someone important to you. Learn more about Endowment Gift Opportunities.


Transferring appreciated marketable stock to Stanford is a good option if you wish to support an area of medical research while reducing your tax bill. Individuals who transfer stock can receive a charitable tax deduction and avoid capital gains tax.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts include a variety of gifts with special tax implications, including gifts through your estate (in your will or revocable trust) and life income gifts. Life income gifts allow you to transfer assets now (cash, securities, or real estate) and receive income for a period of time with the remainder going to Stanford.

By including Stanford University Medical Center in your financial planning, you provide a gift that will live on and benefit future generations.

Specifying How You Would Like Your Gift Used

You may designate your gift to support a specific department, program, or research area, or you may allocate your gift to the Medical Fund, which allows the dean of the School of Medicine to determine how the gift can best be used to support the School's top priorities.

More Information

For more information on giving to Developmental Biology, please contact
William Talbot, Chair of Developmental Biology.

PhD Program

The PhD program in Developmental Biology is one of 14 Biosciences PhD programs offered at Stanford University. Our faculty are dedicated to training new leaders to address the fundamental problems of development in a wide group of organisms.