Letter from the Chair of the UC San Diego Foundation Board

As the chair of the board of the UC San Diego Foundation, I am pleased to represent the trustees to our community, our supporters, and our alumni. It is a privilege to work with Chancellor Khosla as the campus implements its long-range strategic plan and to engage with donors to enhance philanthropic support to UC San Diego.

Private support is critical in realizing UC San Diego’s goals and enhancing our reputation and impact—now and in the future. The accomplishments of so many of our prestigious schools, divisions, departments, and research centers would not have been possible without the generous support of our friends.

In fiscal year 2012–13 we completed our “Invent the Future” student support campaign, raising more than $50 million over three years for undergraduate scholarships and graduate student fellowships. In past years, the UC San Diego Foundation received significant gifts for the Jacobs Medical Center, Rady School of Management, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shiley Eye Center, and Geisel Library, to name only a few. There are now over 170 named endowed faculty chairs, and many endowed and expendable funds for research, scholarships, fellowships, and support of divisions making up the $644 million in net assets in the Foundation as of June 30, 2013. Throughout this annual report you will read stories about the impact our donors are making with their gifts, and we cannot convey our thanks to them in any adequate way.

UC San Diego is truly an exciting place. The next decade will bring incredible advancements to the world for the betterment of human life and the planet, and our campus will play an important role in making those discoveries. In many ways, charitable support will be the impetus to the creation of a big new idea or a solution.

I also would like to take this opportunity to welcome to UC San Diego the new president of the UC San Diego Foundation and vice chancellor for Advancement, Steve Gamer. Raising significant private support for this campus is of paramount importance, and he has the experience and passion necessary for our success.

Thank you for another great year.

Peter Preuss
Chair of the Board
UC San Diego Foundation