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

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.

Sustainable Collaboration

August 25, 2014
William (Bill) Sullivan ’72 believes that the many of the world’s most pressing issues, such as environmental sustainability and food safety can be solved with innovative technologies and collaborations. 

Investing in Innovation

August 25, 2014
UC Davis parents Mike ’76 and Renee ’76 Child have dedicated their lives to investing in the next generation of innovators.

Hands On Help for Animals

August 25, 2014
Throughout Bernice Barbour’s entire life, she devoted her energy and resources toward making the lives of animals happier and healthier.

Helping Students Say Yes to College

August 25, 2014
Growing up on the Salamis Islands in Greece, Linda Katehi’s life was changed forever when she watched the 1969 Apollo moon landing from her neighbor’s television set.

Growing the UC Davis Community

August 25, 2014
Richard and Joy Dorf's giving has a higher purpose: to encourage the development of promising students and research application. They believe supporting students achieves both.

Advancing Rural Care

August 25, 2014
Thomas Nesbitt ’75, M.D. ’79 is committed to changing disparities using telehealth- a revolutionary technology that uses high-speed data links to connect rural patients with medical experts in urban hospitals.

Packets of Hope

August 25, 2014
The Gates Foundation, which contributes to humanitarian efforts around the world, has joined forces with UC Davis in the fight against malnutrition in developing countries.

Driving Lasting Innovation and Change

August 25, 2014
David and Lucile Packard were philanthropists long before they started the foundation 50 years ago that bears their names. They were interested in improving the lives of children and the health of the environment.

Making Gallops in Regenerative Medicine

August 25, 2014
When one of their top quarter horses suffered a career-ending injury, Dick Randall’s veterinarian treated the horse with stem cells derived from its own fat tissue, which resulted in a complete recovery.

Legacy of Pursuing Excellence

August 25, 2014
Megan Glanville was just one semester away from graduating from the UC Davis School of Law when she was tragically hit by a truck while jogging one December morning in 2011.


August 25, 2014
Infusing beauty into all aspects of life has been an enduring quest for Mondavi, who a half-century ago brought fine arts, music and great food to Napa Valley and today continues to foster the arts at UC Davis.

Investing in the Future

August 25, 2014
Wells Fargo has been an ardent supporter of programs at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, sponsoring productions and community outreach programs.

Putting Potential to Work

August 20, 2014
Sallaberry and his wife Nancy’s had an excellent Aggie experience when they met in the 70s. Now as proud parents of a UC Davis alumnus, they are inspired to give the next generation the same experience.