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 Community of Support

August 29, 2014
Virgil Traynor, a cancer survivor, inspired hundreds from his Auburn community to raise more than $1.5 million and become the first community to establish an endowment at UC Davis.

Visionary Philanthropic Leadership

August 25, 2014
Larry Vanderhoef fulfilled his promise to build a world-class performing arts center during his inaugural speech as UC Davis' new chancellor in 1994.

Pony Up

August 25, 2014
Pioneering horsewoman Muriel B. Gill ’46 believes there is much to be learned in the connection between horse and rider.

Support for All Students

August 25, 2014
Robert “Bob” ’63 and Kinzie ’64 Murphy believe that all qualified students deserve a chance at a world-class education

Making History

August 25, 2014
Being a part of UC Davis history is a fitting legacy for Roger Romani ’51 and his wife, Ann Romani, whose shared passion for history extends into nearly every facet of their life.

True Joy

August 25, 2014
Dan and Yvonne Webb's positive experience with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine led them to generously endow scholarship funds for veterinary students.

A Well and Meaningful Life

August 25, 2014
Despite attending Cal and UCLA before coming to UC Davis for his residency training, John Chuck '89 mostly identifies himself a an Aggie

Reserving a Seat for the Arts

August 25, 2014
Philanthropist Barbara Jackson, through her extraordinary generosity during the Center for the Arts Campaign, made possible all 1,801 seats in the Barbara K. and W. Turrentine Jackson Hall.

Tools for Taking Risks

August 25, 2014
Brian Underwood and his wife Carol Blacutt funded the Blacutt-Underwood Distinguished Professorship to support the UC Davis spirit of risk-taking innovation.

Preserving Wetlands for Waterfowl

August 25, 2014
As a fourth generation Californian and avid outdoorsman, Peter Stent ’63 is passionate about protecting California's wildlife.

Rangeland and Ranching

August 25, 2014
The late cattle rancher Russell Rustici had a scientist’s passion for understanding the nuances of the rangelands on which he made his career.

International Perspectives

August 25, 2014
Driven by a desire to give young people an international perspective, the Sobhanis gifted $25,000 to the study abroad programs for UC Davis students.

The Ultimate Gift

August 25, 2014
To honor a teacher who profoundly impacted his life, Scott Maxwell ’84, MS ’86 endowed a graduate fellowship in 2012.

A United Vision

August 25, 2014
The single largest gift to The Campaign for UC Davis, a $100 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, inspired a vibrant culture of philanthropy among the school’s students.

True to the Terroir

August 25, 2014
Barbara R. Banke and her late husband, wine icon Jess S. Jackson, believe in the importance of good land stewardship.