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

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.

Making Strides for Autism

April 29, 2014
After ten-year-old Natalie Vogt’s little brother Ryan was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, he has made incredible strides after he was brought to the UC Davis MIND Institute.

One Shall Continue

April 29, 2014
Just five months after Jagrati (Jags) Solanki started experiencing abdominal pain and bloating, she was lying in a hospital bed dying as her friends and family stood nearby praying for her.

Sustainable Success

April 29, 2014
Jerry Lohr learned the importance of soil quality and environmental and sustainable farming practices at an early age.

Inspired By Generosity

April 29, 2014
When Reza Abbaszadeh felt at ease during his transition into college in a new country after leaving his native home of Tehran in the early 1980s at the age of 17.

Driving Innovation

April 29, 2014
Tim Bucher ’86 came to UC Davis with a interest for tractors. He left an electrical engineer with an entrepreneurial drive.

Great Experience

April 29, 2014
Mark Champagne's slogan, "...But it's a great experience" has motivated thousands of students who worked for him during his 32 years as a business manager for Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD).

Investing in Our Future

April 29, 2014
Sacramento business leader Mark Friedman have given to UC Davis Health System, the School of Education and the Arboretum. He's convinced UC Davis is a terrific investment.