Family Fellows

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Welcome to the Family!

Family Fellows is a group of UC Davis families committed to enhancing successful student outcomes through engagement and giving. They inspire university leadership, staff, and other families to achieve the best for UC Davis students by serving as examples of philanthropic giving and engaged support.

For more information about joining, contact Eric Gifford, Director of Development, Parent Giving at 530-752-4903 or

Family Fellows give a gift of $5,000 or more (per member household) to the Parents Fund or to whatever area of campus is meaningful to them based on their student’s experience or their philanthropic priorities and interests.

Family Fellows have made an impact around campus in areas including:

  • Scholarships that benefit first-generation students
  • Sponsoring early career faculty through the Chancellor’s Fellows program
  • Supporting breast cancer and other medical research 
  • Increasing accessibility to resources at the Internship & Career Center
  • Encouraging student safety through the Safe Rides Program


Student scholarships, 17%; Colleges, Schools and Programs, 17%; Parents Fund, 34% (student programs/faculty research); Athletics, 32%


Your leadership makes a difference

“The collective responsibility of Aggie Parents like us makes a huge difference in our students’ lives every day. As an Aggie Alum, I invite you to join my family – and others – in the Family Fellows program so we can all help prepare our students for a lifetime of success after graduation.” 

Darrick Lam ’87, Aggie Parent & Founding Chair of Family Fellows

Family Fellows play a leadership role by serving as ambassadors to the larger UC Davis community. They promote the Aggie Spirit through philanthropy and engagement, serving as examples to other families by hosting events that bring together other parents, alumni, faculty and administration. They represent the parent and family experience to other volunteers and campus leaders, and they celebrate the success of our students and faculty.

By joining Family Fellows, you also become a Meyer’s Fellow-level member of the Davis Chancellor’s Club, the university’s oldest donor recognition society. This group also enjoys a special relationship with university leadership and are invited to participate in a number of campus traditions and events.

For more information about joining, contact Eric Gifford, Director of Development, Parent Giving at 530-752-4903 or