UCLA Raises More Than $3 Billion to Help Ensure Its Long-term Future Among World’s Leading Research Universities
UCLA has completed the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of higher education, generating more than $3 billion to deepen and broaden the university's excellence in education, research, health care and community service, Chancellor Albert Carnesale announced today.
secured funding used to support cutting-edge research, provide student
scholarships and fellowships, attract and retain top scholars in a wide range
of academic disciplines, and enhance classroom, laboratory, health care and
other facilities. The campaign benefited all sectors of UCLA — from the
has been critical to UCLA's ascent among the world's leading research
universities," Carnesale said. "Through our donors' generosity, UCLA has made
strategic investments that advance our mission — to create and transmit
knowledge, power economic growth and social mobility, and enrich the lives of
the people of
began in July 1995 with an initial goal of $1.2 billion. In March 2002, UCLA
doubled the goal to $2.4 billion. The campaign closed
No other single fund-raising campaign by a college or university has generated as much support. Other top research universities in recent years have launched fund-raising campaigns with similar monetary goals, but UCLA was the first to reach the $3 billion milestone.
Of the $3.053 billion raised by Campaign UCLA, donors directed gifts to these areas:
-$226 million for direct student support such as graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships.
-$784 million for medical research and patient-care programs.
-$605 million for faculty research and other support such as endowed professorships.
-$634 million for
new and enhanced facilities, including $300 million for the new
provided $804 million in funding to be used for priorities — especially student
support — set by deans, department chairs and program directors. For example,
entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen pledged $200 million in
2002 to endow the
Gifts generated by Campaign UCLA have been used to:
-Provide more than 30,000 scholarship and fellowship awards to undergraduate and graduate students.
-Endow 124 new professorships, which have attracted and retained top scholars and researchers in a wide range of academic disciplines, from literature to pediatric neurosurgery and from international finance to nanosystems.
Mattel Children's Hospital, made possible by a $25 million gift from Mattel
Inc. The hospital is a national leader in pediatric organ transplant programs
and research into pediatric cancer, cardiology and neurology. In 2002, hospital
surgeons successfully separated conjoined twins from
-Endow the UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science with a $30 million gift from Henry Samueli, '75, M.S. '76, Ph.D. '80, co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer of Broadcom Corp.; and a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA; and his wife, Susan. The school, now named in Samueli's honor, houses six multimillion-dollar interdisciplinary research centers funded by top national and professional agencies.
-Build the Gonda
(Goldschmied) Neuroscience and
-Endow the Neuropsychiatric Institute with a $25 million gift from Terry S. Semel, chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., and his wife, Jane Bovingdon Semel, founder of a nonprofit production company that addresses public-health issues through entertainment. The newly named Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is among the world's most comprehensive neuroscience centers, where faculty from multiple disciplines seeks to understand the human brain, develop effective treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, and improve access to mental health services.
-Help build the
-Build the Eli and
-Build Glorya Kaufman Hall, home of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures and the nation's premier dance center for teaching and performance. The facility, which opened in the fall of 2005, was made possible by an $18 million gift from Kaufman, a philanthropist and arts patron.
"Campaign UCLA highlights the power of private giving, providing a lasting legacy for the donor," Campaign UCLA Chairman Bob Wilson said. "Every gift, no matter the size, can have a direct and positive effect on the life of a student, the work of a faculty member or the scope of groundbreaking research, thereby enhancing UCLA's ability to serve the public good."
Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Michael Eicher, who oversaw Campaign UCLA, emphasized the importance of the partnerships needed to identify funding priorities and raise more than $3 billion.
"It takes a great deal of dedication and collaboration among campus leadership, faculty, alumni, donors, volunteers and development staff to ensure that money is raised for the areas where it's needed most to help sustain our broad-based excellence," Eicher said. "The results of Campaign UCLA illustrate what can be accomplished when we work together."
"The role of private giving and the engagement of faculty in philanthropic efforts are increasingly important as the funding gap between public and private universities widens," said mechanical and aerospace engineering professor Adrienne Lavine, head of the UCLA Academic Senate. "Campaign UCLA benefited every segment of the institution, including faculty, and helped to secure UCLA's long-term future among the world's leading research universities."
Chancellor Carnesale noted that state funding constitutes less than 15 percent of UCLA's $3.6 billion operating budget, down from almost 21 percent in 1997. In addition, he said, UCLA competes for faculty and students against private universities with far greater financial resources.
"The success of Campaign UCLA is a great testament to our extraordinary faculty and students," Carnesale said. "Private giving is critical if we are to continue to attract the best and the brightest."
To mark the close of Campaign UCLA, the campus is planning a series of events to thank volunteers and donors, and to highlight the universitywide impact of the landmark campaign.