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UC Davis hosted its first 5K Stride for Aggie Pride on Sunday, April 7, to generate money for student scholarships and emergency funding. Organized by students, Stride for Aggie Pride will forward its proceeds to student scholarships offered through the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) and awards through the We Are Aggie Pride student organization. UC Davis photo

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For UCD, another donation record: $149.1 million

By From page A1 | October 03, 2013

Nearly 40,000 donors committed $149.1 million to UC Davis during the 2012-13 fiscal year. That surpasses the previous year’s total of $132.4 million and marks the seventh consecutive year that philanthropic gifts to the university exceeded $100 million.

UCD had a record-breaking year for student support, having raised $21.7 million for student scholarships, fellowships, awards and activities, more than double the previous year’s total.

Additionally, this past fiscal year was the best year on record for giving by alumni, with more than $17.4 million raised to support students, faculty and programs — including a $1 million gift from alumna Ann Pitzer to support scholarships through the UC Davis Education Abroad Center.

“Philanthropic support plays a critical role in helping UC Davis be a leader in addressing some of the world’s most important and complex challenges,” said Chancellor Linda Katehi.

“It also makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and faculty by advancing the student experience and our stellar academic and research programs. That is why we are so grateful to our donors for their continued support.”

UCD received gifts from donors in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) and 37 countries during the 2012-13 fiscal year. Californians donated $74.7 million, while nearly $5.6 million came from donors in New York and $3.5 million came from residents of Virginia.

Within California, the largest amount of donations, nearly $19 million, came from San Francisco donors. Gifts from other California counties include: Yolo, $8.1 million; Alameda, $6.4 million; San Diego, $5.5 million; Sacramento, $5.3 million; and Los Angeles, $2.9 million.

Eleven donors made cumulative gifts of $1 million, and $46.7 million came from gifts under $100,000.

“We are thankful to each and every one of our donors for their support of UC Davis,” said Shaun Keister, vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and president of the UC Davis Foundation.

“We are especially pleased by the show of support from our alumni donors, who are truly living the Aggie tradition of giving back in a big way.”

Here are some of the year’s philanthropic highlights:

* Current and past members of the UCD Foundation’s board of trustees and UCD administrators personally gave more than $1 million to create The UC Davis Foundation Matching Fund for Student Support. That allowed the university to raise about $4 million and create 40 endowed scholarships and fellowships.

* The university hosted its first Stride for Aggie Pride 5K run, which was organized by students and raised about $17,500 for student emergency aid through We Are Aggie Pride and scholarships through the Associated Students of UC Davis.

* UCD reached a milestone of having 150 endowed chair positions. This accomplishment comes just four years after the university celebrated its 100th endowed faculty position — a milestone that took 100 years to achieve.

* The university raised $30 million in 30 days from Dec. 15, 2012, to Jan. 15, 2013.

* The largest amount of philanthropic support, $60.3 million, came in for research; the largest gift from a private foundation was a $10 million gift to the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation.

* Each of UC Davis’ 10 colleges and professional schools received philanthropic contributions.

* The School of Veterinary Medicine garnered the largest amount of philanthropic support, having raised $35.8 million — more than double the amount raised by the school in 2011-12 and the largest fundraising year for the school in the past 10 years. The School of Education celebrated the greatest year of fundraising in its history, raising more than $4.5 million.

* The UC Davis Health System raised $23.3 million in philanthropic support during 2012-13 and achieved the highest employee giving rate of the UC campuses with a health system.

* The health system also celebrated the grand opening of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center expansion project. The project was made possible in large part because of the philanthropic support of nearly 1,000 donors who committed more than $9.5 million toward the expansion project during a 10-year period.

This year’s philanthropic support is part of the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign — The Campaign for UC Davis — which publicly launched in October 2010. As of June 30, the university had raised $973.4 million in support of its students, faculty, staff and programs.

— UC Davis News Service

Julia Ann Easley

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