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

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.

United by Art and a Dream

April 29, 2014
As young adults, philanthropists Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem came to America from different countries filled with hope, promise and a dream.

Tools for Career Success

April 29, 2014
Mark Perry credits UC Davis for giving him a high-quality legal education and providing him the job placement assistance he needed to find a fulfilling career.

Giving Leadership, Leadership Giving

April 29, 2014
Pam Fair’s leadership style is one centered on giving, and it started when she served as student peer advisor for the College of Engineering and president of its joint council.

Six Degrees of UC Davis

April 29, 2014
Kevin Bacon is convinced that every donor can find something to connect with at UC Davis. He’s helping UC Davis achieve its goal to engage 100,000 unique donors during The Campaign for UC Davis.

Gift of Gold

April 29, 2014
Thanks in part to a donation to UC Davis, Aggie fans will have something new to look forward to in the summer of 2016, when rugby makes its exciting return to the Olympic Games.

Developing Global Perspectives

April 29, 2014
Ann Pitzer said she had a great college experience when she attended UC Davis in the late 1950s; and that's what she hopes to support through her gifts to UC Davis.

Brewing a Successful Partnership

April 29, 2014
Just like a yeast cell that catalyzes the fermentation process essential to brewing beer, a UC Davis education was the stimulus for Doug Muhleman’s successful career at Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

Advancing Biophysics and Computational Biology

April 29, 2014
Lin Weaver, with her sons, established an endowment in memory of her late husband, David L. Weaver Endowed Lecture Series in Biophysics and Computational Biology.