UCLA hascompleted the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of highereducation, generating more than $3 billion to deepen and broaden theuniversity's excellence in education, research, health care and communityservice, Chancellor Albert Carnesale announced today.
Campaign UCLAsecured funding used to support cutting-edge research, provide studentscholarships and fellowships, attract and retain top scholars in a wide rangeof academic disciplines, and enhance classroom, laboratory, health care andother facilities. The campaign benefited all sectors of UCLA — from the
"Campaign UCLAhas been critical to UCLA's ascent among the world's leading researchuniversities," Carnesale said. "Through our donors' generosity, UCLA has madestrategic investments that advance our mission — to create and transmitknowledge, power economic growth and social mobility, and enrich the lives ofthe people of
Campaign UCLAbegan in July 1995 with an initial goal of $1.2 billion. In March 2002, UCLAdoubled the goal to $2.4 billion. The campaign closed
No other singlefund-raising campaign by a college or university has generated as much support.Other top research universities in recent years have launched fund-raisingcampaigns with similar monetary goals, but UCLA was the first to reach the $3billion milestone.
Of the $3.053billion raised by Campaign UCLA, donors directed gifts to these areas:
-$226 millionfor direct student support such as graduate fellowships and undergraduatescholarships.
-$784 millionfor medical research and patient-care programs.
-$605 millionfor faculty research and other support such as endowed professorships.
-$634 million fornew and enhanced facilities, including $300 million for the new
Donors alsoprovided $804 million in funding to be used for priorities — especially studentsupport — set by deans, department chairs and program directors. For example,entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen pledged $200 million in2002 to endow the
Gifts generatedby Campaign UCLA have been used to:
-Provide morethan 30,000 scholarship and fellowship awards to undergraduate and graduatestudents.
-Endow 124 newprofessorships, which have attracted and retained top scholars and researchersin a wide range of academic disciplines, from literature to pediatricneurosurgery and from international finance to nanosystems.
-Create theMattel Children's Hospital, made possible by a $25 million gift from MattelInc. The hospital is a national leader in pediatric organ transplant programsand research into pediatric cancer, cardiology and neurology. In 2002, hospitalsurgeons successfully separated conjoined twins from
-Endow the UCLASchool of Engineering and Applied Science with a $30 million gift from HenrySamueli, '75, M.S. '76, Ph.D. '80, co-founder, chairman and chieftechnology officer of Broadcom Corp.; and a professor of electrical engineeringat UCLA; and his wife, Susan. The school, now named in Samueli's honor, housessix multimillion-dollar interdisciplinary research centers funded by topnational and professional agencies.
-Build the Gonda(Goldschmied) Neuroscience and
-Endow the Neuropsychiatric Institute with a $25 million gift fromTerry S. Semel, chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., and his wife, JaneBovingdon Semel, founder of a nonprofit production company that addressespublic-health issues through entertainment. The newly named SemelInstitute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is among the world's most comprehensiveneuroscience centers, where faculty from multiple disciplines seeks tounderstand the human brain, develop effective treatments for neurological andpsychiatric disorders, and improve access to mental health services.
-Help build the
-Build the Eli and
-Build GloryaKaufman Hall, home of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures and thenation's premier dance center for teaching and performance. The facility, whichopened in the fall of 2005, was made possible by an $18 million gift fromKaufman, a philanthropist and arts patron.
"Campaign UCLAhighlights the power of private giving, providing a lasting legacy for thedonor," Campaign UCLA Chairman Bob Wilson said. "Every gift, no matter thesize, can have a direct and positive effect on the life of a student, the workof a faculty member or the scope of groundbreaking research, thereby enhancingUCLA's ability to serve the public good."
Vice Chancellorof External Affairs Michael Eicher, who oversaw Campaign UCLA, emphasized theimportance of the partnerships needed to identify funding priorities and raisemore than $3 billion.
"It takes agreat deal of dedication and collaboration among campus leadership, faculty,alumni, donors, volunteers and development staff to ensure that money is raisedfor the areas where it's needed most to help sustain our broad-basedexcellence," Eicher said. "The results of Campaign UCLA illustrate what can beaccomplished when we work together."
"The role ofprivate giving and the engagement of faculty in philanthropic efforts areincreasingly important as the funding gap between public and privateuniversities widens," said mechanicaland aerospace engineering professor Adrienne Lavine, head of the UCLA AcademicSenate. "Campaign UCLA benefitedevery segment of the institution, including faculty, and helped to secureUCLA's long-term future among the world's leading research universities."
Chancellor Carnesalenoted 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 privateuniversities with far greater financial resources.
"The success ofCampaign UCLA is a great testament to our extraordinary faculty and students,"Carnesale said. "Private giving is critical if we are to continue to attractthe best and the brightest."
To mark theclose of Campaign UCLA, the campus is planning a series of events to thankvolunteers and donors, and to highlight the universitywide impact of thelandmark campaign.