California Prize

The California Prize for Service and the Common Good recognizes groundbreaking achievement and significant service to the poor and marginalized. Each year, the university presents the California Prize to an outstanding organization or person who models selfless service in pursuit of the common good.

The California Prize is USF’s way of rewarding, honoring, and celebrating the work of those who share our commitment to create a more just and humane world.

The 2016 California Prize award gala and dinner is May 12. At the signature event, USF connects change makers on campus to statewide champions of the common good by bringing together philanthropists, civic dignitaries and university leaders to honor this year's awardee, who will be announced in February.

Since 2008, the California Prize has been awarded to recognize the tremendous impact that a single individual or group can have. Past honorees, who are selected by a jury and receive a handcrafted silver medal and a $10,000 prize, include the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund; Drs. Tricia Hellman Gibbs and Richard Gibbs of the San Francisco Free Clinic; and, Larry Baer and the San Francisco Giants, as well as other important members of our community. The California Prize was created and endowed through the generosity of Susan and Philip Marineau to shine a light on people and organizations that reflect the university’s values and enrich the lives of others.

Contact Info

California Prize

M – F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Leslie Theodore
2130 Fulton St.
Lone Mountain Rossi
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
(415) 422-4055