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Annual philanthropic support for UC Davis tops $117 million

August 16, 2011

UC Davis News

August 16, 2011

Donors committed more than $117.6 million in philanthropic support to the University of California, Davis, during the 2010-11 fiscal year, surpassing last year’s total of $112.3 million and marking the fifth year in a row that contributions exceeded $100 million.

The contributions came from more than 40,000 donors, including alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and other friends of UC Davis, in addition to corporations, foundations and other organizations.

“Private gifts are a crucial source of funding for UC Davis as we work to address the world’s most critical issues through our innovative teaching, research, patient care and public service,” said Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. “We are very grateful to our donors for making philanthropic investments that advance UC Davis’ land-grant mission to serve society.”

The 2010-11 fiscal year that ended June 30 witnessed the public launch of The Campaign for UC Davis, a multiyear, universitywide initiative to inspire 100,000 donors to contribute $1 billion by the end of 2014 to further the university’s mission and vision. This week, the campaign reached a milestone, with more than 70 percent of its goal — or $702 million — in contributions committed by 82,889 donors.

Donors gave to support students, faculty, research, programs, the campus environment and patient care, and to give the university the funding needed to take advantage of emerging opportunities, among other purposes.

Some of the year’s philanthropic highlights include:

  • A $2 million commitment to Intercollegiate Athletics from Bruce Edwards, a 1960 graduate of UC Davis, and his wife Diane, for operations and maintenance of Aggie Stadium. Bruce is vice chair of the UC Davis Foundation and a member of the Campaign Cabinet, a group of volunteer leaders who are helping to guide the campaign.
  • Support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the form of a $1.485 million grant to underwrite four multiyear research initiatives in the humanities; a New Directions Fellowship to support faculty research in architectural and design history; and a Sawyer Seminar grant to support a year-long seminar exploring the intersection of environmental concerns with indigenous cultures.
  • A $1.1 million grant from the California HealthCare Foundation to the School of Medicine to further the California Telehealth Network.
  • More than $1.7 million in gifts to the UC Davis Annual Fund from nearly 15,000 donors. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide unrestricted support for the university’s immediate needs, including student scholarships and faculty support, as well as areas of emerging opportunity.
  • A $3 million pledge from the Jackson Family Foundation, founded by the late winemaker Jess Jackson and his wife, Barbara R. Banke, to construct the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building at UC Davis’ Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. Construction is expected to begin in early 2012.
  • A bequest from Maxine B. Adler to the School of Veterinary Medicine for endowments for the following purposes: the creation of two endowed chairs, one in oncology and the other in genetics; graduate student fellowships; cancer research; and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Adler was a longtime friend of the university’s whose cat was treated for cancer at the UC Davis William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. More than $7.6 million was given to UC Davis through Adler’s estate; $3.2 million of those contributions were distributed to UC Davis during the last fiscal year.

Each of UC Davis’ 10 colleges and professional schools received philanthropic contributions. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences garnered the most philanthropic support, at $36.2 million. The UC Davis Health System received the second-highest amount, at $20.25 million, followed by the School of Veterinary Medicine, at $20.21 million.

Contributions to UC Davis came at all levels; more than 36,000 were for under $1,000.

“UC Davis’ supporters are friends of the university who care deeply about our mission and want to provide resources to help us achieve our vision,” said Paul Prokop, interim associate vice chancellor for development. “We appreciate each donor’s support and generosity.”

Gifts from alumni totaled $7.4 million, a 30-percent increase from the year before. Twenty-two donors contributed more than $1 million during the last fiscal year.

Contributions came from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with the largest total from California, followed by New York. More than $4 million came from supporters in other countries.

“The broad support that UC Davis receives from donors around the world is one indication of the many people who recognize that this university is improving lives through its work,” said Beverly “Babs” Sandeen, vice chancellor for University Relations. “Philanthropic gifts strengthen UC Davis’ capacity for discovery, education and service to society.”

In 2009-10, state funding not designated for specific programs comprised 11 percent of UC Davis’ budget. About 7 percent came from private and local support.

Those percentages are shifting in the wake of reduced state support for the University of California. In 2011-12, the state’s share of the UC Davis budget is expected to be substantially below 11 percent.

Kevin Bacon, a 1972 alumnus and chair of the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, underscored the important role that UC Davis supporters will play in the university’s future.

“UC Davis’ community of supporters continues to grow, and each new friend of the university helps advance UC Davis’ innovative work and its ability to maintain its tradition of excellence,” Bacon said. “I take great satisfaction in giving to UC Davis, and it’s clear that many thousands of alumni and other friends also feel the same way.”

The UC Davis Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that accepts philanthropic contributions on behalf of the university, promotes philanthropy for UC Davis, and invests and manages private contributions.

To meet its campaign goals by the end of 2014, UC Davis is seeking to inspire approximately 17,000 donors to make gifts totaling nearly $300 million. Starting in September, The Campaign for UC Davis will be led by Shaun B. Keister, UC Davis’ first vice chancellor for development and alumni relations. Keister’s appointment, which was announced in July, followed a nationwide search. Keister is a veteran fundraiser with experience in higher education, arts and conservation philanthropy. He will function as UC Davis’ chief fundraising officer.

About UC Davis

For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 32,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget that exceeds $678 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

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