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

A Mind for Neuroscience by philanthropy

February 21, 2019
From Puerto Rico to Iraq to UC Berkeley and now at UC Davis, Oscar Vazquez ’20 finds his passion for the brain everywhere he goes. Now, he is leading meaningful work by researching traumatic brain injuries at UC Davis School of Medicine, where he received the 2016 Sandra Reed Scholarship and the 2017 Dean’s Scholarship.

Healing in More Ways Than One by philanthropy

February 01, 2019
Tabesh is the first student recipient of the Joseph A. and Jean M. Teresi Memorial Scholarship endowed by sisters Lisa Harris ’77 and Dina Bosby, which recognizes his efforts to become a physical therapist.

UC Davis Receives $2 Million for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering

January 28, 2019
The University of California, Davis received a $1.5 million gift towards the Prem Chand Jain Family Presidential Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering. This is the first ever gift to the university by alumnus and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Prem Chand Jain M.S. ’77 and his family.

The [Wine] Glass Half Full

January 07, 2019

University of California, Davis, donors Earl and Linda Ault say they had no idea what they were doing when they started their winery.

A More Sustainable Future by philanthropy

November 19, 2018
University of California, Davis, Associate Professor Shota Atsumi is experimenting with new and exciting ideas in order to make the world a more sustainable place for the next generation.

Two Scholars Go Full Speed Ahead by philanthropy

November 19, 2018
The Full Speed Ahead scholarship helps students accelerate their careers at UC Davis. Quang Nguyen '20 and Benjamin Langreck '21 view the gift as a way to lay the groundwork for a successful future.

Saving Endangered Species by philanthropy

November 07, 2018
Building on work begun by primatologist Dian Fossey of Gorillas in the Mist fame, Gorilla Doctors, a program led by the University of California, Davis, has been providing personalized veterinary care to animals in the wild since the late 2000s.

A Passion for Parakeets

October 01, 2018

Idele Gilbert, known as the “bird whisperer" by her friends, enjoys a special bond with her parakeet, Jesse. She describes him as the smartest avian companion she has had. A quick learner, Jesse began to talk with just one week of training and to twirl around on his perch after watching a dancing show on television.

UC Davis Raised $230 Million in FY2017-18, Number of Gifts up 8 Percent

August 01, 2018

When civil engineering student Tadewos Getachew ’19 was a little boy, he witnessed resource scarcity firsthand in Ethiopia. Now, he is able to pursue his dream to study water resources and solar energy at the University of California, Davis, in large part due to the AvenueE program, which is funded by philanthropy. The program provides engineering and computer science students with funding and a smooth transition from California community colleges to UC Davis.

Record-Breaking Give Day Makes a Difference

May 10, 2018
The event themed “Every Aggie Counts: Combined, we change the world” raised more than $1.7 million from 4,047 gifts. That is more than $450,000 and 1,000 gifts over last year’s Give Day totals!

Full University Experience by philanthropy

May 10, 2018
Zeng pursued golf and rigorous academics at UC Davis. Through the Telephone Outreach Program and her internship with the Development and Alumni Relations, she experienced philanthropy like never before.

Dynamic Learning Environments by philanthropy

May 10, 2018
Betty Irene Moore Hall is a state-of-the-science facility that supports health sciences education at UC Davis, where students are engaged through dynamic learning environments.