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There are many ways philanthropy has inspired, transformed, energized, led and advanced UC Davis.

Through the "by philanthropy" initiative, the UC Davis Foundation showcases how donations have touched thousands of people and aspects of everyday life at UC Davis and helped the university solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. Below, you will find stories about some of the UC Davis people, places and things that have benefited from the generosity of donors. There are just a sample of the stories we could tell; we encourage you to share your own using #byphilanthropy.  

By philanthropy on the map

This map draws attention to the programs, research and facilities that have been made possible by the generosity of others. It is a work in progress and in the future we will map all UC Davis facilities benefiting from philanthropy, including those on the Sacramento campus. Also, from May 1-17, look for blue bows highlighting some of what UC Davis has realized “by philanthropy” — places like the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art (pictured above).

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Alexandra Zeng

ALEXANDRA ZENG '18

Full university experience by philanthropy

Hometown: Gothenburg, Sweden
Major: Managerial Economics

Zeng had the opportunity to pursue golf in America as well as experience the rigorous academics she was looking for. She learned more about philanthropy after working at UC Davis' Telephone Outreach Program and through her internship with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. 

Kelly Morello UC Davis

KELLY MORELLO '19

Emergency care for animals by philanthropy

Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.
Major
: Veterinary Medicine

Morello is appreciative of donors who make it possible for her and her peers to focus on their education and helping animals through field work and volunteering. 

Ashley Han

ASHLEY HAN '19

Uncovering powerful stories by philanthropy

Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
Major: Science and Technology Studies

Ashley is honored to write inspiring stories for fellow Aggies and the world to read. Being exposed to philanthropy has changed her perspective on the world. 

Marina Nguyen UC Davis

MARINA NGUYEN '18

Medical Research by philanthropy

Hometown: Cupertino, Calif.
Major: Biological Sciences

UC Davis is helping Nguyen achieve her dream by giving her the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, which she believes has benefitted her greatly. 

Zachary McGaugh

ZACHARY MCGAUGH '21

Student Leadership by philanthropy

Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Major: Political Science

McGaugh hopes to become an educator in urban cities and minority communities. He later plans on reforming educational bill and laws, especially ones that affect the lives of young African American students.

SANKALP

SANKALP SINGHA '20

A BRIGHT FUTURE by philanthropy

Regents Scholar
2016/2017 CAAA Blue and Gold Scholar

With two of UC Davis’ most prestigious scholarships under his belt, Sankalp Sinha ’20 is on track to a bright and successful career.

Veronica Rocha

VERONICA ROCHA M.B.A. '18

Biotech business by philanthropy

Recipient of Dolan Family Management Education Award

Talented graduate business students like Veronica Rocha M.B.A.’18 are fulfilling their career aspirations after overcoming hardships with the help of Eamonn and Kathleen Dolan’s scholarship.

AvenueE transfer students

AVENUE E

Smooth transitions to university by philanthropy

Hear from just a few of the engineering and computer science students at UC Davis who have the chance to achieve their dreams thanks to the growing AvenueE program.

Omar de la Cruz

OMAR DE LA CRUZ J.D. '18

Advocacy by philanthropy

Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
Major: Law

A fellowship supported this law student’s fight for housing equity in San Francisco.

Chevron Tutoring Center

CHEVRON TUTORING CENTER

Peer-to-peer learning by philanthropy

The Chevron Tutoring Center offers in-house tutoring for courses with the intention of enhancing the learning experience for all students, both within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and beyond. The center launched in the 2016 winter quarter, by way of a generous donation from the Chevron Corporation.

Betty Irene Moore Hall

BETTY IRENE MOORE HALL

Dynamic learning environments by philanthropy

A state-of-the-science facility that supports health sciences education at UC Davis, Betty Irene Moore Hall is a place where students are engaged through dynamic learning environments, where education sparks innovation and where leaders grow. The facility would not be possible without philanthropic support.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Design-build projects by philanthropy

More landscape architecture students will have an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience before graduation with the creation of a fund that supports design-build projects.

KeckCAVES

KECK CAVES

Augmented Reality by philanthropy

UC Davis' W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in Earth Sciences (KeckCAVES) provides state-of-the-art, near real-time imaging technology that enable scientists and emergency planners to respond when disaster hits.

Manetti Shrem Museum

MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM

Art education by philanthropy

Through the power of philanthropy, UC Davis expanded the culture of art education to an entirely new level with the Manetti Shrem Museum, which displays the university’s legacy of achievements in the arts, and provides a visual experience for all to enjoy.

Ann E. Pitzer Center

ANN E. PITZER CENTER

Music by philanthropy

This facility enriches teaching and learning for music students, as well as students from throughout UC Davis who take classes in the building. 

Cole Williams

COLE WILLIAMS '19

Freed by philanthropy

Hometown: Davis, Calif.
Major: Genetics and Genomics

When Cole Williams received the Beeghly-Merritt Memorial Scholarship, the Davis native felt, for the first time, he didn’t have to worry so much about working.

juan polari

JUAN POLARI PH.D. '20

Finding a niche by philanthropy

Talented and qualified scholars, like Juan Polari Ph.D. ’20, are the major force behind the Olive Center’s successful and world-renowned research program. With the help of Firmin Berta '57, Polari can continue his research on the optimizing the olive oil extraction process to increase efficiency and improve flavor and nutritional value of olive oil. 

MAISHA AND TORRY WINN

MAISHA AND TORRY WINN

Transformative Justice by philanthropy

Co-directors of Transformative Justice in Education, School of Education

Through Transformative Justice in Education, Lawrence (Torry) and Maisha Winn '94 bring the community and UC Davis together to stop racial inequalities in education and strengthen UC Davis' efforts to create a justice-seeking community.

charlie bamforth

CHARLIE BAMFORTH

The Science of Beer by philanthropy

Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology

Being the first Anheuser-Bush Endowed Professor has allowed Dr. Charlie Bamforth to share his expertise in brewing and malting science at UC Davis for more than 20 years.

Satya Dandekar

SATYA DANDEKAR

Curing HIV by philanthropy

Endowed Dean's Chair of Medical Microbiology and Immunology

For decades, physicians would have been afraid to even utter the phrase “eradicating HIV” because the hope for a cure was so far off, said UC Davis professor Satya Dandekar. But now, Dandekar and a team of researchers are on their way to doing just that.

RICHARD REIFF

RICHARD REIFF

Lives saved by philanthropy

Firefighter Richard Reiff is back to work as a helitack firefighter following treatment for burn injuries at UC Davis. 

Tom Tomich

TOM TOMICH

Shaping the agenda for action on sustainability by philanthropy

WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems

Tom Tomich's research has the potential to affect how agriculture and the food industry all over the world respond to some of the most pressing issues of our time. 

Randy Dahlgren

RANDY DAHLGREN

Digging up discoveries by philanthropy

Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair in Rangeland Watershed Sciences

Dahlgren uses endowed chair funds to benefit environment, rangeland communities, and students.

Charles "Chuck" Walker

CHARLES "CHUCK" WALKER

International human rights by philanthropy

MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights

History professor receives a jumpstart to human rights research when named the first MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair.