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

Growing STEM Education

May 16, 2014
Nancy ’74, Cred ’75 and Tom Patten ’74, MS ’76 believe that enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers are the key to unlocking the state’s potential for innovation and prosperity.

Champions for Community Support

May 16, 2014
The Stallard family is renowned among Aggies for their bottomless enthusiasm and affection for UC Davis and the local community.

A Commitment to Cancer

May 16, 2014
David R. Gandara, M.D., is a professor of medicine and leading oncologist at the UC Davis Cancer Center, where he spearheads a number of projects exploring new ways of treating cancer patients.


May 16, 2014
For Gerry and Carol Parker, their connection with UC Davis began when their eldest daughter attended UC Davis—first as a microbiology major and then an MBA student.

Going Mobile

April 29, 2014
The Patricia Mokhtarian Fund for Travel Behavior, one of many new endowments established during The Campaign for UC Davis, supports international travel for the Kitamura paper winners.

To Honor and Inspire

April 29, 2014
Julia (Lum) Dere and Willard Dere met as undergraduates and have been profoundly influenced by their parents who were deeply committed to education.

Students Helping Students

April 29, 2014
When Tara Storm ’15 was a little girl, her mother, Lisa Storm shared her struggles as a first-generation college student in the 80s, and assured Tara she would always be supported in getting her college education.

Ensuring Regional Economic Vitality

April 29, 2014
As one of the Sacramento region’s top-five businesses for corporate philanthropy, SAFE Credit Union is living up to its philosophy of “people helping people.”

The Future of an Entire Family

April 29, 2014

Mary Ann Peoples knows the commitment it takes to send the first member of a family to college.

Developing Business Talent

April 29, 2014
For alumni Bob and Sandy Lorber, UC Davis is both a powerhouse global research institution and a deeply integrated part of their family’s community.

Community Involvement

April 29, 2014
Aggie parents Kirk and Carolyn Doberenz believe the opportunities you receive in life are directly proportional to the quality and quantity of involvement in your community.

Burn Survivor

April 29, 2014
Duane Wright was 21-years-old when a 200-foot wall of flames engulfed him and fellow seasonal fire fighters, causing third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body.

Building the Central Valley

April 29, 2014
California’s Central Valley is one of the nation’s most important economic and agricultural regions, yet it contains some of the state’s poorest counties.

Children's Health

April 29, 2014
Dennis worked as a pediatrician for 30 years and Nancy stayed home to raise their four children where she found her own training as a pediatric nurse came in handy.

Teed Up for Success

April 29, 2014
Steve Boutin ’72, founder and principal of Sacramento business law firm Boutin Gibson Di Giusto Hodell Inc., is driven by a commitment to make society better.