FIFTY YEARS AGO, UC San Diego founder Roger Revelle had one criterion for the campus: It must be distinctive. The campus now ranks among the very best universities in the U.S., a stunning achievement in such a short time. Our prowess in research and innovation in many fields is legendary. The university is an engine of economic development, job creation, workforce development, and social mobility.
As UC San Diego marks its 50th Anniversary this year, we celebrate the donors, trustees, and friends who have generously given their time and resources to help make these incredible accomplishments possible. In fiscal year 2009–10, UC San Diego achieved its second highest year in private support. A total of $147.4 million was raised in gifts and pledges, surpassing the university’s goal of $110 million.
The largest gift received by UC San Diego during fiscal year 2009–10 was from Joan and Irwin Jacobs, with their family, who pledged $75 million to UC San Diego Health System to build the Jacobs Medical Center on UC San Diego’s east campus in La Jolla. Joan is a former trustee of the Foundation, and Irwin is a current trustee.
In year one of UC San Diego’s Invent the Future campaign, supporters helped the campus achieve commitments for just more than $17 million for student scholarships and fellowships—exceeding the first-year goal by more than $2 million. The largest gift to date for this three-year, $50 million fund-raising effort has come from Richard Atkinson—former president of the ten-campus University of California system and chancellor at San Diego from 1980 to 1995—who has designated, with his wife, Rita, $5.7 million to support fellowships for graduate students at UC San Diego.
Local philanthropist and former chair of the UC San Diego Foundation, Pauline Foster, also supported students, making a $2.5 million charitable gift commitment to the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego to endow M.B.A. student fellowships. Her generous contribution will serve as a challenge to encourage others to join the school’s ongoing fund-raising activities.
The UC San Diego Triton baseball team has something new to cheer about—a $100,000 gift from campus supporter, former UC San Diego Foundation trustee, and Athletic Board member William Scripps, who helped launch an initiative to purchase and install lighting on UC San Diego’s baseball field. Scripps is the grandson of Robert Paine Scripps and the great- grandson of E. W. Scripps.
Not surprising for a school with a tradition of philanthropy, UC San Diego students reacted to a difficult economy with a renewed spirit of giving. As an example, hundreds of UC San Diego students gathered in October to “race for scholarships” as part of the 15th Annual Chancellor’s 5K Run/Walk for Scholars. Since the first Chancellor’s Challenge 5K in 1996, thousands of students have joined alumni, faculty, friends, and community sponsors to raise $2.12 million, which has benefited more than 800 scholarship recipients.
And this is just a brief sampling of the many gifts—large and small—that UC San Diego received in 2009–10 to help advance the campus; educate promising students; spark discoveries and innovation in science, arts and humanities, engineering and health care; and conserve our oceans and the environment for generations to come.
For more than thirty-five years, the UC San Diego Foundation has partnered with the campus in raising funds. The university has a great opportunity to develop solutions to key challenges facing the world today; the Foundation is here to help ensure UC San Diego’s future success.
Chair, UC San Diego Foundation Board