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 Diversity of Ideas

August 11, 2014
Chevron Corp. believes the future of successful energy development depends on diversity—of ideas, people, collaborative partnerships and energy sources. That is why they have supported UC Davis.

For Love of the Game

August 11, 2014
Lou Montfort cuts a quietly dapper figure. Beneath this gentleman’s soft-spoken exterior, however, is one of Aggie golf’s biggest fans for more than half a century.

Sharing Love, Power and Resources

August 11, 2014
Caring, optimistic, open-minded people are the folks Sandy Holman ’87 believes will change the world.

Habitat for the Humanities

August 11, 2014
As former dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Jessie Ann Owens champions UC Davis’ distinctive brand of public humanities.

Healing Body, Mind, Spirit

May 28, 2014
Robert and Star Pepper believe that true healing occurs best with adequate space to rest mind, body and spirit. This applies to everyone involved in the healing process.

Endowing Excellence

May 28, 2014
Throughout his 88 years, the late Franklin Chinn, Sr., M.D., was committed to service of others. It started in 1953 when Chinn served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Tom and Karen Quaglia

May 28, 2014
The miniature fingers of a two-months-premature baby wrap around the seemingly large thumb of UC Davis volunteer donor Jim Donoghue.

100,000th Donor

May 28, 2014
By answering the call and making a gift to the UC Davis Annual Fund, Tyler Felix '07 became the 100,000th donor to The Campaign for UC Davis.

Cultural Renewal

May 16, 2014
A cornerstone of Chairman Marshall McKay’s vision is his commitment to Native American cultural renewal—a focus he extends into education and sustainable land-use practices.

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.