Impacts of Giving
Gifts of Limitless Possibilities
Innovating cleaner, greener technologies to power the world. Discovering better treatments for debilitating diseases. Finding sustainable ways to feed humanity. Educating students who will be the leaders and visionaries of tomorrow.
Gifts to UC Davis support all these purposes and many more.
Because UC Davis’ reach is so broad, the impacts of philanthropic gifts are vast and diverse. The following is just a sampling of stories that describe how private contributions from alumni and other friends, corporations, foundations and other supporters are furthering UC Davis’ land-grant mission to serve society.
Doctoral student Mark Lundy, who studies International Agricultural Development and Horticulture and Agronomy, has seen first hand how rural farmers in developing countries depend on rice to feed families, earn a living and stave off poverty.
Making the transition into college can be difficult for many freshmen students, but it can be especially difficult for first-generation college students, like Redding, Calif., native Amy Zhong ’14, who can’t look to their parents’ experiences during this next phase of their lives.
While many college students gain weight during their first year of school, Rajiv Narayan is and exception. The weight loss not only improved his health, but also ignited a passion for obesity research and policy.
Doctoral student Lucas Arzola is leading an interdisciplinary team of fellow student researchers who are working to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars by advancing vaccine development.
Professor Kim Elsbach, holder of the Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership, is building future leaders by teaching them about integrity in leadership using real-world examples.
“I believe it is critical for each of us to support the school in any way we can,” Mark Perry ’80 said, “so it can continue to educate future generations of lawyers with a diversity of backgrounds.”
For Monique Chambers, M.D. ’12, achievement lies within reach of those who reach beyond themselves.
“I can say that many research projects made possible by the chair position have influenced our treatment of very sick foals and equine athletes,” said Professor Gary Magdesian, who developed the first veterinary school residency in the nation to emphasize large animal critical care.
Postdoctoral student Casey Shillam was drawn to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis because of the school’s vision to develop health care leaders.
“I didn’t realize until I was a mom how important and influential teachers are,” Antoinette Corbin, Cred ’10 said. “Now I know I can change lives.”