Student Foundation

What is Aggies Helping Aggies, the UC Davis Student Foundation?

Aggies Helping Aggies UC Davis Student Foundation logo

Aggies Helping Aggies, UC Davis’ official Student Foundation, believes that students supporting each other reinforces UC Davis’ mission to make the world a better and more equitable place.

While tuition and state support are the primary source of funding for the campus' teaching mission, campus programs and resources that improve the UC Davis student experience are often made possible by philanthropic support from alumni, friends and students. That’s why the UC Davis Student Foundation aims to educate students about philanthropy and the positive, lasting impacts it can have on current and future Aggies. Aggies Helping Aggies collaborates with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations (DEVAR) and the UC Davis Foundation to promote student philanthropy as a powerful, grassroots force for good for the student community.

Aggies Helping Aggies primarily raises money for and oversees three philanthropic programs that directly benefit undergraduates. The Student Emergency Relief Aid program (SERA) provides immediate financial support to students who are facing urgent challenges like illness, unemployment, inability to make rent, displacement due to wildfires, and more. The Cap & Gown Award help students afford those items, both of which are important to academic success and their graduation ceremony. Lastly, the Senior Class Challenge is an opportunity for graduating seniors to make improving campus programs and supporting their peers parts of their legacy.  

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Who benefits from philanthropy?

The philanthropy we promote prioritizes student needs. We have previously fundraised for the Pantry, which functions on donations and serves 20 percent of the student body; Aggie Compass, which addresses students’ basic needs; and many more programs and scholarships primarily funded by the generosity of donors.

When you give back to the university, your college or school, or a program that you care about, you join a major force of students and alumni who help UC Davis provide the high-quality education that Aggies like you deserve.

Your gift, no matter the size, can have a tremendous impact on the campus community.

Find your passion at UC Davis

While you are pursuing your academic passion at UC Davis, you can also discover your philanthropic passion.

By giving to programs at UC Davis or UC Davis Health, you can support social justice, equality, climate change and the environment, animal health and welfare, the arts, free expression, or research that will cure some of the most debilitating illnesses.

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Get assistance

Student Emergency Relief Aid, UC Davis Stores Award, UC Davis Cap and Gown Award

Join the Student Foundation

Become a student trustee or volunteer

Senior Class Challenge

Come together as a class and support your fellow UC Davis students