A message from the foundation board chair

Bruce Bell

UC Davis Foundation Chair Bruce Bell '85

Dear UC Davis Supporters:

On behalf of the dedicated volunteers of the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees, thank you for the incredible difference that you make for UC Davis. Your engagement and support enables UC Davis to continue to push forward as a powerhouse of teaching, research and service excellence, dedicated to solving society’s most critical problems. We are deeply grateful for your generosity and partnership.

My wife Wendy and I first met as students at UC Davis and were reacquainted at Picnic Day several years after graduating. As such, UC Davis has always been an important part of our family, and we have enjoyed being active supporters in the university’s growth over the years. Prior to serving as Chair, I served on the Foundation Board of Trustees for seven years, and as my service continues, I remain motivated by UC Davis’ determination to make a positive impact on the lives of students, faculty and staff as well as the world at large. I am incredibly honored to lead the Board of Trustees, a distinguished group of volunteers who, like you, are integral to fulfilling UC Davis’ vision.

Philanthropic support makes UC Davis’ cutting-edge vision a reality and allows us to truly harness the brilliant minds and creative genius at UC Davis. The State of California, which currently provides less than 10 percent of UC Davis’ budget, is simply unable to adequately fuel this remarkable and important work. But with the collaborative spirit that Aggies are known for, UC Davis alumni and friends have stepped up, partnering with UC Davis to pursue their philanthropic passions while also pushing innovation to the next level. Donor funds have expanded access to education for our extraordinarily bright students, increased faculty support and inspired interdisciplinary projects in food security, sustainability and animal and human health. It has been incredibly exciting to watch UC Davis grow into a world leader in these disciplines, and we are thankful for the opportunity to invest in this important work.

I encourage you to explore this website to learn how you can pursue your passions by supporting UC Davis.

Thank you,

Bruce Bell ‘85
Chair, UC Davis Foundation