UC San Diego Raises $150 Million

Private Support

As a leading research university and academic powerhouse, UC San Diego spurs innovation and economic growth that addresses local, national, and global challenges. For fiscal year 2012–13, a total of 30,289 donors helped to continue this legacy of achievement, raising $150.3 million in private support—a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

Private gifts fund support for students, construct academic and medical buildings, ensure excellent patient care, fuel research, foster the arts, and promise a diverse student experience.

Half of all private support given in 2012–13 was designated for research to support the next invention, cure, or breakthrough and continue UC San Diego’s impact on the community and the world. Alumni giving, which jumped to a record 15 percent of the total funds raised in 2012–13, included an $18.5 million gift—the largest ever from a single UC San Diego alumnus.

The largest source of support, representing 30 percent of total funds raised, was from public and private foundations. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation awarded $1.6 million to assistant professor of physics and molecular biology Suckjoon Jun, one of the campus’s new generation of scientists fluent in both physics and biology.

Funding scholarships and fellowships for all students who need them is of key importance for our campus. UC San Diego’s more than five thousand graduate students raise the caliber of the university’s work by advancing groundbreaking discoveries, driving innovation, and generating new knowledge and leadership.

Following is a sampling of gifts made to UC San Diego in fiscal year 2012–13:

To review the FY 2012–13 UC San Diego Foundation financial overview, click here.

Zables Give Generous Bequest

A $6.05 million bequest to the UC San Diego Foundation in 2013 was given by the late Cubic Corporation founder Walter J. Zable and his wife, Betty C. Zable, through their charitable remainder unitrust. The bequest has been allocated by the Foundation as follows:

  • $1 million to establish the Zable Endowed Chair in Management Leadership at the Rady School of Management;
  • $1 million to establish the Zable Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering;
  • $100,000 for use by the UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center;
  • $3.9 million in unrestricted funds allocated at the chancellor’s request to establish the endowed Zable Scholarship and Fellowship Program.

Walter Zable, who died in June 2012 at the age of ninety-seven, founded San Diego-based Cubic Corporation in 1951 and served until his death as chief executive, chairman, and president of the public corporation that provides military defense equipment and automated fare collection equipment. Over the years, the Zables were loyal donors to the campus, in support of various initiatives to UC San Diego’s general campus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Health Sciences.