Impacts of Giving

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Because UC Davis’ reach is so broad, the impacts of philanthropic gifts are vast and diverse. This page 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.

Taken together, these stories weave together in a singular narrative, the one story of the difference that you can make in partnership with UC Davis.

Inspiring Stories

Hellman Family Endows Fellows Society

June 23, 2020
The Hellman Fellows Program, which has been so generous to early-career faculty at UC Davis and its sister campuses, today (June 23) announced a $125 million gift to the UC system to establish a new, permanent way of funding the fellowships.

Scholarship Students Share How Philanthropy Powers Their Paths

May 04, 2020
By Ashley Han

During times of crisis, philanthropy can make an even more profound impact on those affected. Generous donor support, from sources like emergency funds, endowments and scholarships, is helping power the people and programs of UC Davis through new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although classrooms and many residence halls have emptied, faculty and staff are working hard to keep the university running. Students are learning remotely, and most importantly, our health care providers at the UC Davis Medical Center are saving lives every day.

Greatness Unleashed

May 04, 2020
Since its first class in 2000, the donor-funded Chancellor’s Fellows program has resulted in remarkable achievements and given students at all levels direct research experience as they participated in projects that were often exploratory or groundbreaking in nature.

Record Give Day Total in Unprecedented Time

April 21, 2020
Given that this year’s fourth annual Give Day broke records — bringing in $2.5 million, according to preliminary data, compared with just over $2 million last year — the tremendous need may even have inspired donors to give more.

AvenueB Creates a Path to Success for Biology Students

April 14, 2020
The Genentech Foundation has donated $2.5 million to the University of California, Davis, College of Biological Sciences — the college’s largest single gift ever — to fund a program that will help biology students transferring from community college.

“Aggieculture” Family Builds a UC Davis Legacy

February 10, 2020
At its heart, UC Davis has always been a tightknit community of farmers. The farming families that have been here for generations helped found the quaint town that is now a thriving college city.

Aggies Paying it Forward

November 05, 2019
Karl Gerdes M.S. ’73 Ph.D. ’84 and Pamela Rohrich M.A. ’74 D.V.M. ’83 have always been grateful for the education they received at UC Davis – and so they give back by helping others access the same top-tier education that benefited them.