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

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.

A Surprise Gift to Help Millions

July 14, 2017
UC Davis Health announced receiving a $2.6 million gift from the estate of the late Robert H. Putnam to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Digging up Discoveries by philanthropy

May 11, 2017
Dahlgren, who holds the Russell L. Rustici Endowed Chair in Rangeland Watershed Sciences, uses his love for soil science to help rangeland communities remain viable.

Freed by philanthropy

December 09, 2016
When Williams received the Beeghly-Merritt Memorial Scholarship, the Davis native felt, for the first time, he didn’t have to worry so much about working.

Boundless by philanthropy

May 16, 2016
Ekstrom studies the way we think when we navigate, and his research uses virtual reality to simulate even the most disorienting scenarios

A Heightened Connection

May 02, 2016
UC Davis faculty-staff couple’s work and giving supports UC Davis’ international art scene.

Double Up for UC Davis

February 22, 2016
UC Davis students challenged alumni and parents to double the $100,000 students raised in May and June 2016.