As a public university and one of the top fifteen research universities worldwide, UC San Diego aims to transform California and a diverse global society by educating students, generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, engaging in public service, and driving economic development. Increasingly, the university must rely on private support to achieve its mission and fulfill its commitment to the campuswide Strategic Plan.
In fiscal year 2013–14, UC San Diego raised $148.3 million in private support from thirty thousand donors, who designated 55 percent of the total or $81.8 million for research funding. Other purposes, including capital, accounted for the remaining $66.5 million. Nearly $92 million was from charitable gifts, with another $56 million from private grants. Of the total support, $80.2 million was designated to benefit UC San Diego Health Sciences, and $68.1 million was for the general campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
UC San Diego Health System provides compassionate state-of-the-art care to patients from around the corner and around the world. A one-to-one matching opportunity created from a $25 million challenge grant made by Joan and Irwin Jacobs advanced the university’s fundraising efforts for the new Jacobs Medical Center. Businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford committed $100 million for the creation of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center.¹ An anonymous donor created the Richard C. Atkinson Laboratory for Regenerative Ophthalmology at the Shiley Eye Center with a $6.5 million commitment.²
Endowed gifts totaled $12.6 million, including a $2 million bequest from the late Professor Emeritus Devendra Lal to create an endowed fund for academic excellence at Scripps Institution of Oceanography; more than $2 million from an anonymous donor for surgical breast health; and a $1 million endowed gift from Carol Lazier and Family to establish a center and endowed chair for social innovation at the Rady School of Management. UC San Diego alumni Sandra Timmons and Richard Sandstrom, cofounder of Cymer, Inc., committed an endowed gift of $1.2 million to support graduate students in the Jacobs School of Engineering and undergraduates through the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program.
Following is a sampling of the other generous donors who provided support through leadership and legacy gifts and grants in fiscal year 2013–14:
$7.5 million – Grants from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Biological Sciences, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine;
$3.8 million – Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and the Qualcomm Institute;
$3 million – Pledge from the Gordon Foundation to fund the Bernard and Sophia Gordon Engineering Leadership Center at the Jacobs School of Engineering;
$2.6 million – Grants from the American Heart Association to support research in Medicine, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jacobs School of Engineering, Biological Sciences, and Physical Sciences;
$1.9 million – Gift in kind for the papers of noted physician, virologist, and humanitarian Jonas Salk donated by his sons Peter, Darrell, and Jonathan;
$1.1 million – Grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York Foundation to the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; and
$500,000 – Pledge from San Diego Chargers chairman and president Dean Spanos to support a new Athletic Performance Center.