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

Medical Research by philanthropy

May 08, 2018
UC Davis is helping Nguyen achieve her dream by giving her the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, which she believes has benefitted her greatly. Hometown: Cupertino, Calif. Major: Biological Sciences

Uncovering Powerful Stories by philanthropy

May 08, 2018
Han is honored to write inspiring stories for fellow Aggies and the world to read. Being exposed to philanthropy has changed her perspective on the world.

Peer-to-Peer Learning by philanthropy

May 08, 2018
The Chevron Tutoring Center offers in-house tutoring for courses to enhance the learning experience for all students, within the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and beyond.

Finding a Niche by philanthropy

May 04, 2018
Talented and qualified scholars, like Polari, are the major force behind the Olive Center’s successful and world-renowned research program.

Real-World Environmental Solutions by philanthropy

April 27, 2018
Jessoe’s work on energy and water conservation has a direct impact on many communities across California, and she's one of the 12 UC Davis faculty members to be named a 2018 Chancellor’s Fellow.

A Bright Future by philanthropy

April 26, 2018
With two of UC Davis’ most prestigious scholarships under his belt, Sinha is on track to a bright and successful career.

Transformative Justice by philanthropy

April 26, 2018
Through Transformative Justice in Education, Lawrence (Torry) and Maisha Winn '94 bring the community and UC Davis together to stop racial inequalities in education.

The Science of Beer by philanthropy

April 26, 2018
Being the first Anheuser-Bush Endowed Professor has allowed Bamforth to share his expertise in brewing and malting science at UC Davis.

Student Leadership by Philanthropy

April 26, 2018
McGaugh hopes to become an educator in urban cities and minority communities, and plans on reforming educational bill and laws.

UC Davis Athletics Gives Back

March 27, 2018
Athletics achieved 100 percent staff and coach giving during UC Davis Give Day 2017.

Ling-Lie Chau

February 02, 2018
Professor emerita of physics, Ling-Lie Chau, has made a planned giving bequest agreement with UC Davis, generously providing $1M to endow a chair in physics through her estate.

Rich Shintaku '79

February 01, 2018
"It is my privilege and responsibility to support others as others have supported me as a first generation college student.”

Joseph A. Farrow

February 01, 2018
"It is an honor and a privilege to work here and be part of this community. So, I thought it was very, very important that I be able to give something back."

Jeri Bigbee

February 01, 2018
“Our dream is for the Jeanette M. Spaulding Memorial Research Fund to serve as a catalyst for the development of active programs of rural nursing research at UC Davis and beyond."