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

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.


August 25, 2014
Peter Cala believes it’s crucial to help bright young people maximize their full potential and is heavily involved in efforts to nurture junior academics.

Respect and Dignity

August 25, 2014
Albrecht was inspired by the respect and dignity he experience while receiving life-extending cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Unchained Melody

August 25, 2014
Bill and Sharon Dianne Hollingshead believe good things are worth the wait. They both loved their Aggie experiences and credit their education for making their dream careers come true.

Lead by Example

August 25, 2014
Julie Freischlag, M.D. counts advancing philanthropy among her top priorities as the new head of UC Davis Health System – and how better than to lead by example?

Lasting Impact on Winemaking

August 25, 2014
Louise Rossi dedicated her life to wine growing and continued to oversee her family’s legendary vineyard operations up until her death at the age of 99.

Part of the Team

August 25, 2014
Tom ’79 and Karen Quaglia can’t thank UC Davis enough for the impact it has had on their family. Tom and son, Nicholas ’12 are both proud Aggies, and both have careers in their fields of study.

Investing in Entrepreneurship

August 25, 2014
A veteran entrepreneur, Maurice Gallagher Jr. ’71 believes that business success comes from an organization’s ability to be dynamic, strategic and innovative.

A Strategic Vision

August 25, 2014
UC Davis alumna Jacqueline Herbert Beckley ’72 and her husband, Leslie Herzog, are driven by a vision to have a world where food insecurity is not a factor.