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

One Shall Continue

April 29, 2014
Just five months after Jagrati (Jags) Solanki started experiencing abdominal pain and bloating, she was lying in a hospital bed dying as her friends and family stood nearby praying for her.

Sustainable Success

April 29, 2014
Jerry Lohr learned the importance of soil quality and environmental and sustainable farming practices at an early age.

Inspired By Generosity

April 29, 2014
When Reza Abbaszadeh felt at ease during his transition into college in a new country after leaving his native home of Tehran in the early 1980s at the age of 17.

Driving Innovation

April 29, 2014
Tim Bucher ’86 came to UC Davis with a interest for tractors. He left an electrical engineer with an entrepreneurial drive.

Great Experience

April 29, 2014
Mark Champagne's slogan, "...But it's a great experience" has motivated thousands of students who worked for him during his 32 years as a business manager for Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD).

Investing in Our Future

April 29, 2014
Sacramento business leader Mark Friedman have given to UC Davis Health System, the School of Education and the Arboretum. He's convinced UC Davis is a terrific investment.

Blocking for a New Team

April 29, 2014
NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Otto is now working for more than 9,000 people who come to UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center each year following his own treatment for prostate cancer several years ago.

Big Bang!

April 29, 2014
At just 32 years-old, Andrew Barkett has already become an expert in large-scale computer systems and web strategies after working as a senior technologist for companies like Facebook and Google.

Setting the Standard

April 29, 2014
Just two years after graduation, Derek Smith '07 made a $1,000 contribution to the UC Davis Annual Fund, making him the youngest member of the Davis Chancellor's Club giving society.

Structure of Support

April 29, 2014
Michael W. Chapman, M.D., one of the founders of modern orthopedic trauma surgery, and his wife are now leading the force in strengthening the UC Davis Health System's infrastructure.

Power of Knowledge

April 29, 2014
An inventor, farmer and pioneer in California’s pistachio industry, David Fiddyment understands the power of knowledge and the promise of education.

Giving 100 Percent

April 29, 2014
First-generation college student Bradley Bottoms and his fellow senators of the Associated Students, University of California Davis (ASUCD) donated their entire paycheck to support a student’s education.

Giving Aggies a Hand

April 29, 2014
Bruce Edwards ‘60 connects with UC Davis through an extended hand and a friendly smile. And it is why UC Davis is a better place because of him.

The Gift of Music

April 29, 2014
Friends of UC Davis Grant and Grace Noda lost all their family’s possessions during the Japanese internment after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Families Battling Cancer

April 29, 2014
In honor of Keaton Raphael's nine-month battle with neuroblastoma, his parents started the Keaton Raphael Memorial and his legacy forever lives on in thousands of children and families.