Support for Excellence

Positioning the university for extraordinary success in the 21st Century by advancing student leaders and quality research for a knowledge-driven world

Bruce Edwards greets students

UC Davis Foundation Board Chair Bruce Edwards acknowledges students at a campus event in 2012 to announce the UC Davis Matching Fund for Student Support. Under Edwards’ leadership, current and emeriti members of the foundation board and UC Davis administrators personally gave $1 million-plus to create a universitywide matching fundraising initiative for endowed student scholarships, fellowships and awards.

The Campaign for UC Davis progresses with $132 million in recent giving.

UC Davis attracts supporters who know their funding benefits the world now and also for future generations. UC Davis donors committed $132.4 million during the 2011–12 fiscal year, surpassing the previous year’s total of $117.6 million, and marking the sixth consecutive year that philanthropic gifts exceeded $100 million.

Campaign Report Card

The Campaign for UC Davis has inspired about 97,000 donors to commit more than $882 million to advance excellence in research, scholarship and public service.

The university experienced broad-based support. Contributions came from more than 40,000 donors, including alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, patients, foundations and current students. More than 36,000 gifts and pledges were each less than $1,000. 

More than $7.1 million came from supporters in other countries, almost double the international philanthropic support received in the previous year. The commitments bring the university more than 80 percent of the way toward the $1 billion goal set for its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, which was publicly launched in October 2010. As of December 2012, The Campaign for UC Davis has inspired about 97,000 donors to commit more than $882 million to advance excellence in research, scholarship and public service, of which donors directed more than $116 million for student support.

In December 2012, UC Davis announced the creation of a $1 million-plus matching fund to encourage gifts to help UC Davis students. Under the leadership of UC Davis Foundation Board Chair Bruce Edwards ’60, current and emeriti members of the foundation board and UC Davis administrators personally gave $1.04 million to create the universitywide matching fundraising initiative the UC Davis Foundation Matching Fund for Student Support. 

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The UC Davis Annual Fund received more than $1.7 million in gifts and pledges from more than 14,600 donors. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide the university with flexible funding to support students and faculty, and to meet emerging opportunities.

The late Victor and Genevieve Orsi dedicated more than $1.6 million from their estate to the UC Davis Health System, to create an endowment to support research related to Alzheimer’s disease.

John Templeton Foundation awarded
 a grant of $2.3 million over three years to continue and extend the Shamatha Project, the most comprehensive investigation yet conducted studying the effects of intensive meditation training on mind and body.

UC Davis students launched a fundraising initiative called “We Are Aggie Pride” to provide emergency financial aid to fellow students. In its first five months, this student-run effort raised $30,000 from more than 300 donors and awarded more than $17,000 in short-term financial assistance to students in need.