by philanthropy

Blue Bow in front of UC Davis' Manetti Shrem Art Museum signifying the by philanthropy initiative

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 life at UC Davis and helped the university solve some of the greatest challenges of our time. Below, you will find stories about UC Davis people, places and things that have benefited from the generosity of donors.

These are just a sample of the stories we could tell; share your own using #byphilanthropy.

Scholarship Students Share How Philanthropy Powers Their Paths

May 04, 2020
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.

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.

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.

Volunteer Work Made Possible by philanthropy

June 13, 2019
Miranda Gilbert ’19 treated applying to scholarships like a job throughout her undergraduate years, earning the support that allowed her more time to volunteer and pursue her studies in genetics.  

Reviving Student Activism by philanthropy

June 13, 2019
UC Davis’ inaugural Green Fellows are highlighting student activism at UC Davis through art. Aina Smart Truco ’19 and Christopher Almaraz ’20 received the Green Fellowship last year to fund projects each proposed about past and current activists on campus.

Relieving Financial and Mental Burdens by philanthropy

June 13, 2019
It’s normal for students to feel financial relief thanks to scholarship support from UC Davis donors – but for Robin Nguyen ’19, the Alan Jackman Scholarship offered a lifeline during the most difficult time in his life.